Malaysia, in reversal, will allow Bible imported without 'warning label'
April 11, 2011
The government of Malaysia has announced plans to allow the importation of Bibles, without the warning label that had been required under an earlier announced policy.
Christians in Malaysia had refused to accept Bibles that carried the government-mandated label warning that the book should be read only by Christians. The government has backed off that policy, with an apology to Christians. The new policy requires only that the Bibles have a cross on the cover and are marked “Christian publication.”
The government's earlier restrictions had been designed to prevent proselytization of the country's predominantly Muslim population.
- Kuala Lumpur authorizes importation and printing of the Bible in any language (AsiaNews)
- Malaysian Christians reject government demands for warning label on Bibles (CWN, 3/18)