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    » 04/09/2011, 00.00


    Kuala Lumpur authorizes importation and printing of the Bible in any language

    The government announced an 10-point solution to the problem of the Bibles blocked on their arrival in port, and asks forgiveness for its "shortcomings" in the management of the problem. The Bible Society of Malaysia welcomes the proposal.

    Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews / Agencies) - The Malaysian government has authorized the importation of the Bible in all languages into the country and for it to be printed locally. The authorities have assured Christians that they will not demand any stamp or serial number on imported Bibles. These decisions are part of a 10 point solution to the dispute over the Malay language Bibles.

    The government announced that there will be no further conditions placed on the importation or local printing of Bibles for Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition of the large Christian communities in these states. But instead there will be a condition for Bibles imported or printed locally on the peninsula of Malaysia. These Bibles will have a cross on the cover and the words "Christian Publication." This decision takes into account the interests of the majority Muslim community in the Malaysian peninsula.

    The government has also announced that there should be no prohibitions or restrictions on people who travel between Sabah and Sarawak and the Malaysian peninsula with their Bibles. The Interior Ministry issued a directive on the Bible and officers who fail to apply it will be subject to disciplinary action. The government has also allowed importers to take delivery of the 35,100 Bibles locked in Kuching and Port Klang, at no cost.

    Datuk Seri Idris Jala, a spokesman for the government said that "in spite of our shortcomings in the management of this Bible issue, we hope that Christians will forgive us," and added that there is a need for care, forgiveness and reconciliation among Malaysians, "despite all the wounds created by our differences." The Bible Society of Malaysia has accepted the solution proposed by the government. Its president, Lee Min Choon, in a statement said they were “deeply touched by the government’s humility in admitting its shortcomings in its management of the problem and in asking for forgiveness." "The Bible Society of Malaysia forgives, without hesitation," he said.

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    23/03/2011 MALAYSIA
    Seized Bibles: Kuala Lumpur backtracks. Christians evaluate proposal
    Bibles no will longer have a serial number, " Christians only" on cover or Ministry of Interior seal, but only the stamp "for Christianity." This issue is related to the use of the word "Allah" for God by non-Muslims.

    31/03/2011 MALAYSIA
    Malaysian Christians say no to discriminatory government slogans on Bible
    Malay language Bibles still under lock and key, because the government wants to limit to Muslims the use of the word "Allah" for God. A ruling rejects their decision, but in Kuala Lumpur pushes ahead with a policy of progressive restriction of religious freedom.

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