Some 3,823 copies of the Quran, as well as materials and other publications on the Quran, estimated to be worth RM110,221.19, mostly from Indonesia, were seized in an operation code-named “Op Naskhah” conducted in Selangor from Oct 1 until yesterday.
Home ministry director (enforcement and control) Ahmad Hilmi Said said the seizure, which also included 943 digital video discs, was made possible following intelligence work and operations.
The seized materials were found without the approval of the Quran Printing Control and Licensing Board and the Lajnah Tashih al-Quran.
"The seizure also included copies of the transliteration of the Quran in Roman script which is not allowed in Malaysia and has been declared illegal by the National Fatwa Committee," he told a press conference in Shah Alam today.
He said the transliteration of the Quran in Roman script was sold online for between RM40 and RM100 depending on the size.
Hilmi said the division would continue to carry out checks at the country's entry points, including KLIA, Port Klang, and Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport, Subang, as well as shops selling publications on the Quran.
He urged the public to channel information on the sale of Quranic publications that are not approved by the home ministry to 03-55190349 or Instagram @pkkselangorkdn as well as its official Facebook.