Malaysia – Govt accused of desecrating 5,000 Bibles

The following are three news reports on the Malaysian Government’s act of defacing Malay Language Bibles because the word ‘Allah’ was used instead of ‘God’.

Malaysia – govt accused of desecrating 5,000 Bibles
Associated Press, Kuala Lumpur | Thu, 03/17/2011 3:56 PM | World

Malaysia’s main Christian grouping accused the government Thursday of desecrating 5,000 imported Bibles seized by custom authorities in this Muslim-majority country.

The accusation aggravates a dispute over the distribution of Malay-language Bibles containing the word “Allah” as a translation for God. The government has banned the use of “Allah” in non-Muslim texts, saying it could confuse Muslims or even be used to convert them.

Malaysia Christians to preserve ‘defaced’ Bibles
Associated Press, Kuala Lumpur | Thu, 03/31/2011 12:39 PM | World

Malaysian Christian group says 5,000 imported Bibles will be preserved as “museum pieces” at churches instead of being sold for reading because authorities in this Muslim-majority country have defaced them.

The Bible Society of Malaysia’s announcement is the latest twist in a dispute between Christian officials and the government over tens of thousands of Indonesian-made Bibles seized by customs authorities.

Malaysia gov’t lets Christians print Malay Bibles
The Associated Press | Sun, 04/03/2011 2:00 PM | World

Malaysia’s government will allow Malay-language Bibles to be printed locally, in a major concession to Christians to soothe anger over seized shipments of their holy book.

The government’s offer comes ahead of April 16 elections in Sarawak state on Borneo island, where Christians account for more than 40 percent of the population.

Customs authorities have held tens of thousands of Malay-language Bibles amid a government ban on the use of the word “Allah” as a translation for God.