Malaysian Government Restricts Bibles

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A Christian group in the majority Muslim nation of Malaysia say it's "fed up" with the government restrictions on Bibles.

"It would appear as if the authorities are waging a continuous, surreptitious and systematic program against Christians in Malaysia to deny them access to the Bible" in the Malay language, The Christian Federation of Malaysia said in a statement.

About 30,000 Malay language Bibles are currently held up at a port in Borneo, according to the group's chairman, Bishop Ng Moon Hing. The federation said it wants officials to release the holy books for distribution.

The religious dispute stems from the government's ban on the use of the word 'Allah' for God in Christian literature. A court ruled in Dec. 2009 that Christians can use the word in their materials, but the government is appealing the decision.

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