MALAYSIA: Government inspection of Bible Society
The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) has asked for an explanation from the Registrar of Societies (RoS) for its proposed check of BSM premises, a first since BSM was formed in 1984. The check, which was to have been held on 30 June, was called off at the last minute. Eugene Yapp, a BSM board member, said no reason was given for the regulator’s abrupt cancellation.
In an email dated 23 June, the RoS informed BSM that it intended to carry out an inspection of its accounts, membership roll and meeting minutes to determine whether it was carrying out unlawful activity based on the authority given to RoS in Section 63 of the Societies Act 1966. An RoS official told Malay Mail Online that the planned 2-hour visit to BSM’s office was to be part of a normal procedure provided for under the Act.