October 31, 2014 by Suara Kebenaran
KOTA KINABALU: A pastor who was detained for 40 minutes at KLIA2 last Sat and had his religious books and CDs seized by the Customs Department has vowed to take the Home Ministry to Court, if necessary, on the matter. He was advised by Customs to deal with the Home Ministry to seek the return of the items seized from him.
“I know the football game has just started,” wrote Maklin Masiau, the pastor, in a posting on his Facebook page, indicating that he was prepared for the long drawn process of getting his materials back from the authorities.
“I have been cheated as a Sabahan to practise my religion as guaranteed under the Malaysia Agreement.”
Maklin was breaking his silence on the seizure of the Christian books and CDs containing the word “Allah” from him.
“Even though I pleaded with them not to seize my things with all kinds of concrete reasons, they were steadfast in seizing them,” he said. “Their main reason for the seizure was that the books and the CDs contained the word Allah.”
Maklin was in Kuala Lumpur enroute to Kota Kinabalu from Medan in Northern Sumatra where he had bought the CDs, costing RM 10,000, as Christmas gifts for his church, Bethel Mawar Saron.
Maklin, who hasn’t been answering calls or responding to Whatsapp messages, appealed in his FaceBook posting for friends and well-wishers to remain calm, pray for a solution and avoid making sensitive comments.
“I will follow up on the seizure according to the required procedures and believe a settlement can be reached,” he stressed.