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Nov 2, 2009

More than 15 000 holy Bibles seized: A mockery of religious rights in Malaysia


World media like CNN, BBC and international press have been giving extensive coverage to the news involving Malaysia authorities seized more than 15,000 Bibles in recent months. The reason given by the authorities was the Bibles translated the word "God" as "Allah" banned in Malaysia. For almost a year, Malaysia has banned non-Muslims from using the word "Allah" in their texts, saying the word is Islamic. Read here- Bibles seized as Malaysia minorities fear fundamentalism here- Bibles seized as Malaysia minorities fear fundamentalism and here- Church officials: 15,000 Bibles seized in Malaysia.

In fact, several months ago Nik Aziz Nik Mat, the influential spiritual leader of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said that a verse in the Quran in which non-Muslims of Mecca call their God as "Allah" supported his point. Read here- Malaysia politician: Non-Muslims can use 'Allah'. The Islamic leader admitted that the word 'Allah' is for all. So, I wonder why authorities banned the word 'Allah' to non-Muslims?

According to Hermen Shastri, general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia says authorities seized 10,000 Bibles in September and the rest 5,100 Bibles were seized in March. Both were sent from Indonesia. He also stated that Indonesian and Malaysian languages both use "Allah" as a translation for God.

It’s a fact that Christians already used the word ‘Allah’ for a long time, so this is not an issue and the holy bibles should be returned to the churches. A growing sense of discrimination among the minorities is chipping away at Malaysia's reputation as a harmonious multiethnic nation that practices a moderate brand of Islam.

Besides the Bible seizures, Malaysia has been embroiled in other religious disputes. Some were over the conversion of minors to Islam and the religion of deceased people who are said to have converted to Islam secretly before their death. Hindus have also protested the demolition of hundreds temples by the authorities.

The right to practice their faiths freely has come under threat as the government panders to the Muslim majority. Non-Muslims banned God as to use the word “Allah” raising concerns and fears of religious intolerance in the country, I think Malaysia is the first country in the world that rule out such law to show their religious intolerance. What a shame! Can I say that Malaysian authorities are hypocrite?


10 comments:

Singaporean said...

And once again, every single Muslim remains silent and says nothing about any of this. But confiscate just one Quran and all hell breaks loose.

And Muslims wonder why people hate them? They are the biggest cheaters and HYPOCRITES on the planet. Yes you are right man, they are HYPOCRITES!

And they know they are this way and they like this. They think it's good to intimidate people to protect the Quran while they don't honor other people's books when it's their turn to be fair. Fairness is not even in the vocabulary of Muslims when it comes to anything religious.

Anonymous said...

For all of the Christian communities, this decision is insufficient. First of all, because it is "an exception" to a domestic security Order, which by norm affirms the "prohibition" of the use of the word "Allah." The second reason is historical.

From extensive documentation compiled by the Catholics in recent months, it clearly emerges that Christians have used the word "Allah" for more than four centuries. A Malay-Latin dictionary printed in 1631 demonstrates that for the Latin word "Deus" ("God"), the Malay word is "Allah." This means that use of the term was widespread well before the publication of the dictionary. According to some Catholics, "the word ‘Allah’ is not a new word in the theological vocabulary of the Christians since the time of the Sultanate of Malacca [16th century], of the Straits Settlements [1826], of the Federation of Malaya [1948], and later of Malaysia [1963]."


It is only in 1992 that a Malay dictionary appears defining the word "Allah" as "the God of Islam."

bnaipal said...

A spade is a spade, no matter whatever other name you call it.

Yusuf Hassan (Warta Malaya) said...

100% agreed!

Anonymous said...

singaporean - if you dont know about islam..dont talk too much..dont insult islam by saying them(muslims) the biggest cheaters and hypocrites..

and you the owner of this blog..stop blaming others..see yourself first..

vasantarao appalasamy said...

to anonymous..
i not the one who anonymously stating anything like some others in my blog..

if u dare show yourself here...

and another thing, Singaporean had insulted Islam.. that's wrong... but at least what he/she said is true... why u can't take that?

Liyana said...

vasantro kamu amik sub pe ek kt ip..bila kamu exam..oh entry ni cm sensitif..tk mau sy comment pape..huhuuhu

mizta ben said...

1malaysia...

joshua said...

Malaysia is becoming LIKE China - seizing Bibles.

Omar said...

hello mr joshua!

there is a rule in China that bible can't be brought in, so its nothing wrong if bible seized in China