Putrajaya to bar Bibles with ‘Allah’ in West Malaysia under proposed SOP

Source: The Malaysian Insider

Malay-language Bibles containing the word 'Allah' may be restricted under new proposed guidelines shown to Christian leaders. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.

Malay-language Bibles containing the word ‘Allah’ may be restricted under new proposed guidelines shown to Christian leaders. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, May 28, 2015.

A new set of guidelines being proposed by Putrajaya could see Malay-language Bibles with the word “Allah” being barred from Peninsular Malaysia, going against the pledge by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak in April 2011 to allow the holy books to be distributed nationwide.

The draft standard operating procedure (SOP) was unveiled by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, to Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak in April, and to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on May 18.

The general principle in the new rules is that Christian publications with the word “Allah” cannot be imported into Peninsular Malaysia, and if brought in, can only pass through with Sabah and Sarawak as their final destinations. Read more