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Govt Allows Import and Local Printing of Bible in All Languages

Govt Allows Import and Local Printing of Bible in All Languages

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Govt allows import and local printing of

Bible in all languages
(thestar.com.my dated 2 April 2011)
PETALING JAYA: The Bible can now be imported into the country in all languages
including Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia and in the indigenous languages.
It can also be printed locally and there is no requirement Ior any stamp or serial number.
These are part oI a 10-point solution developed by the Government aIter being in dialogue
with Christian groups, said Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala.
He hoped the solution would be received positively by Christian groups.
Below is the Iull statement by Idris on the 10 points provided to the media.
The Government conIirmed that it has been in dialogue with the Christian groups to look into
their speciIic requests on the Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia Bible and also other religious issues.
Taking into account the polarity oI views oI the diIIerent religious groups, including the
Muslims, the Government decided on a 10-point solution.
1.Bibles in all languages can be imported into the country, including Bahasa
2.These Bibles can also be printed locally in Peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. This is
a new development which should be welcome by the Christian groups.
3.Bibles in indigenous languages oI Sabah and Sarawak such as Iban, Kadazan-Dusun and
Lun Bawang can also be printed locally and imported.
4.For Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition oI the large Christian community in these states,
there are no conditions attached to the importation and local printing oI the Bibles in all
languages, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia and indigenous languages. There is no
requirement Ior any stamp or serial number.
5. Taking into account the interest oI the larger Muslim community, Ior Peninsula Malaysia,
Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia, imported or printed, must have the words 'Christian
Publication¨ and the cross sign printed on the Iront covers.
6.In the spirit oI 1Malaysia and recognising that many people travel between Sabah and
Sarawak and Peninsula Malaysia, there should be no prohibitions and restrictions Ior people
who bring along their bibles and christian materials on such travel.
7.A directive on the Bible has been issued by the Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) oI the Home
Ministry to ensure proper implementation oI this cabinet decision. Failure to comply will
subject the oIIicers to disciplinary action under the General Orders. A comprehensive
brieIing by top oIIicials, including the Attorney General (AG), will be given to all relevant
civil servants to ensure good understanding and proper implementation oI the directive.
.For the impounded Bibles in Kuching, Gideon, the importer can collect all the 30,000
Bibles Iree oI charge. We undertake to ensure the parties involved are reimbursed. The same
oIIer remains available Ior the importer oI the 5,100 Bibles in Port Klang, which have already
been collected by the Bible Society Malaysia (BSM) last week.
9.Beyond the Bible issue, the Government wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with
the Christian groups and all the diIIerent religious groups in order to address inter religious
issues and work towards the IulIilment oI all religious aspirations in accordance with the
constitution, taking into account the other relevant laws oI the country. In order to bring
urgency to this work, the Prime Minister will meet the representatives oI the Christian
Federation oI Malaysia (CFM) soon to discuss the way Iorward.
10.The Christian Ministers in the cabinet will meet on a regular basis with representatives oI
the various Christian groups in order to discuss their issues and work with the relevant
Ministries and PM in order to resolve them.
Dato Sri Idris Jala said, 'I hope this 10 point solution will be received positively by the
Christian groups as being Iair and reasonable. We have to look Ior a solution that deals with
the Bible issues and also put a way Iorward to handle other issues raised by the Christian
'I think the Bible issue is very unIortunate, and in the spirit oI Lent, it is time Ior sacriIice,
reconciliation and Iorgiveness.
"In our history as a young nation, we achieved a lot in a short period oI time, but we have our
"The Government and our civil servants are not perIect as indeed all human beings are
'beautiIully imperIect¨ in the eyes oI God.
"And Ior all our shortcomings in handling the Bible issue, I hope the Christians would Iind it
in their hearts to Iorgive us.
"In my Church at SIBKL, we have been praying Ior a Christian revival to take place in our
country. For all the hurt that exist as a result oI our diIIerences, I believe that we need healing,
Iorgiveness and reconciliation in this country.
"The Bible says in Matthew 1: 21-22 ' Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, 'Lord, how
many times shall I Iorgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?¨ Jesus
answered, 'I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times¨.

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