KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia — Malaysia’s government said it would allow
Malay-language Bibles to be printed locally, in a major concession to
the country’s minority Christian community to soothe anger over seized
shipments of their holy books.
The government’s announcement late Saturday comes ahead of an April 16
election in Sarawak state on Borneo island, where Christians account for
more than 40 percent of the population. The poll is seen as a crucial
barometer of support for Muslim-majority Malaysia’s ruling coalition
that may determine whether it will call early general elections.
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