The Ministry of Home Affairs has ruled that 35,000 Bibles impounded at two Malaysian ports must be stamped with the words “For Christians Only” and carry a serial number.
Such conditions, said Bishop Paul Tan, are like freeing a prisoner, then placing him under house arrest. He said the conditions were “crass forms of censorship” and a throwback to the Communist era.
Tan, who heads the Malacca-Johor diocese, said while the release of the seized Bibles was welcomed, the conditions, however, were unacceptable to Christians who were “duty-bound to bring the good news of salvation to all who want to listen.”
“It’s like saying every non-Muslim in this country must stamp the number 666 on their forehead,” he told the website FreeMalaysiaToday.