KUALA LUMPUR — The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will not prosecute Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali under the Sedition Act for his statement in which he called on Muslims to seize and burn the copies of “Al-Kitab” (Bible), which contained the word ‘Allah’.
This was because the statement did not fall within the definition of seditious tendency under the Sedition Act 1948, the AGC said in a statement here Monday.
The statement was issued in response to Ibrahim’s statement at the press conference after the closing of Perkasa Convention at Penang Universiti Teknologi Mara in January 2013.
Ibrahim made the statement with regards to the distribution of copies of Bible containing the word ‘Allah’ to students, including Malays, at SMK Jelutong, Penang, on Jan 17, 2013.
“He made the statement in the context of the incident at SMK Jelutong and when studied in its overall context, his statement did not have a seditious tendency,” the statement said.
According to the AG Chambers, Ibrahim did not have the intention to create religious tension as he was merely defending the sanctity of Islam.
“His statement was neither an offence under Section 504 of the Penal Code as he did not have the intention to make an insult that would provoke a breach of the peace, nor under Section 298 or 298A of the same Code as he was clearly defending the sanctity of Islam.
“The act of distributing free copies of Bible openly outside the SMK Jelutong could threaten the faith of Muslim students who lack understanding of their religion if they read the Bible, especially as the copies contained Jawi script,” the AGC said.
The AGC said that after taking into consideration of the facts of the case, it was inapt to take the case to court. — BERNAMA