Malaysia aims to become 2nd biggest Quran printer

Quran printing complexJust when dark clouds are beginning to overshadow Malaysia’s economy, with shrinking exports and a credit rating downgrade causing concerns whether the country will be able to reach its ambitious growth goals, the government in Kuala Lumpur has discovered a new niche: In printing the Quran.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on August 5 that “as a modern and progressive Muslim nation, Malaysia is confident that the time has come for us to print the Quran and become the second largest printer for the region after the Saudis.”

The statement came when Razak was launching the Pusat Percetakan Al Quran Mushaf Malaysia printing press at the government-owned printing company Percetakan National Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) in Kuala Lumpur.

Razak said the idea was “to emulate the work” of the Raja Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Medina, Saudi Arabia, which is the world’s largest printing press for the Holy Book.

According to him, to print the Quran “proper care and a high degree of expertise” is required to avoid misprints as the Quran contained holy scriptures whose originality is guaranteed.

The new center is a joint collaboration between PNMB and Malaysia’s current Quran printing house Yayasan Restu, which has produced 700,000 Qurans over the last 20 years. The entire process will be carried out by an all-Muslim staff. The current sales price for one copy is RM90 ($29).

The Raja Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Saudi Arabia was established in 1985 and has since produced 128 million copies. Lately it has stepped up production to some 10 million a year with 1,700 employees who produce 55 different translations of the Quran.

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Just when dark clouds are beginning to overshadow Malaysia’s economy, with shrinking exports and a credit rating downgrade causing concerns whether the country will be able to reach its ambitious growth goals, the government in Kuala Lumpur has discovered a new niche: In printing the Quran.

Quran printing complexJust when dark clouds are beginning to overshadow Malaysia’s economy, with shrinking exports and a credit rating downgrade causing concerns whether the country will be able to reach its ambitious growth goals, the government in Kuala Lumpur has discovered a new niche: In printing the Quran.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak announced on August 5 that “as a modern and progressive Muslim nation, Malaysia is confident that the time has come for us to print the Quran and become the second largest printer for the region after the Saudis.”

The statement came when Razak was launching the Pusat Percetakan Al Quran Mushaf Malaysia printing press at the government-owned printing company Percetakan National Malaysia Berhad (PNMB) in Kuala Lumpur.

Razak said the idea was “to emulate the work” of the Raja Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Medina, Saudi Arabia, which is the world’s largest printing press for the Holy Book.

According to him, to print the Quran “proper care and a high degree of expertise” is required to avoid misprints as the Quran contained holy scriptures whose originality is guaranteed.

The new center is a joint collaboration between PNMB and Malaysia’s current Quran printing house Yayasan Restu, which has produced 700,000 Qurans over the last 20 years. The entire process will be carried out by an all-Muslim staff. The current sales price for one copy is RM90 ($29).

The Raja Fahd Quran Printing Complex in Saudi Arabia was established in 1985 and has since produced 128 million copies. Lately it has stepped up production to some 10 million a year with 1,700 employees who produce 55 different translations of the Quran.

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