Religions have constitutional right to manage affairs, says church group

A King James Bible from the year 1617 is on display in the newly built Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, USA. The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship says translations of the bible into Bahasa Malaysia must be done by Christian scholars who are highly qualified in the study of the holy scriptures. – EPA pic, November 18, 2017.

EVERY religion has the constitutional right to manage its affairs, including Bahasa Malaysia translations of its holy texts, said the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF).

The umbrella body of Christian Evangelical churches in Malaysia was responding to Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, who suggested that Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) produce an official Malay translation of the Bible.

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