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3/30/2011 Malaysia (CatholicSentinel) – The Malaysian government has called off plans to put serial numbers on Bibles printed in the Malay language following a threatened protest by Christians throughout the country.
In return for releasing 35,100 Bibles that the government had impounded when they were imported from Indonesia about two years ago, the Home Ministry wanted to stamp each one with a serial number to control its circulation and with a message saying it was for Christian use only.
The government reached a compromise after discussions with Christian leaders. A spokesman said the Bibles would be released stamped with the words “For Christianity,” but no other words or serial numbers would be included. In addition, the government has said that future Bibles published in Malay can be imported and released with the words “For Christianity.”