Two copies of the Bible in Malay and the Iban dialect
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Malaysian Bibles seized over 'Allah' row

More than 300 Bibles from the Bible Society have been seized by Islamic authorities in Malaysia because they use the word Allah to refer to God.

People of all faiths use the word Allah in Malay to refer to their gods but a court ruled in October that non-Muslims could not use it.

But there are claims that the row is political, a way for prime minister Najib Razak to boost his support with the Muslim majority, as well as to deflect attention from his cuts to food and fuel subsidies.

Jonathan Josephs reports.

  • 02 Jan 2014
  • From the section Asia
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