27/11/2020

History of BSM

 

A Brief History

For almost 20  years, BSM existed as the Kuala Lumpur Auxiliary of the tri-nations Bible Society of Singapore, Malaysia and Brunei until 1984 when it separated from BSSMB to form a fully national Bible Society of Malaysia. The then Auxiliary Chairman, Dr Benjamin George, managed to coax some local Christian leaders to form the first pro-tem Committee. Mr David Boler became the first President, Rev. John Kovipillai ( Vice-President), Mr Diong Chin San (Hon. Secretary) and Rev. George Vergis ( Hon. Secretary). BSM engaged Rev Ezra Loke as its first Executive Secretary to lead and oversee the daily operation of the Society in 1986. The work of the Society became more consolidated. The revision and publication of the BM Alkitab (Malay Bible) was undertaken under the guidance of a UBS Translation Consultant. Production of the Chinese version of Today’s Bible was also carried out. Portions of Scripture were also translated into some of the local dialects of Sabah and Sarawak. To promote the Bible Cause, the committee decided to hold a Bible Sunday each year at the local churches. Foreseeing the growing needs of space and facilities for the Society, the Bible House at Taman Damansara Kim was purchased in 1989.

The translation and publication of the Bible into the local languages and the importation and distribution of the Chinese Bibles became the main focus of BSM in the 1990’s and 2000’s. The first revision of the BM Alkitab was completed in 1996. A second revision was done in 2001. The Bidayuh Biatah New Testament was carried out and completed in 2003.  The complete Kadazan Dusun Bible was done in 1990 and a revision carried out in 2006. The Murut Tagal New Testament was completed in 1991 and the whole Bible by 2003. Other translation works involve the Rungus, Murut Timugon, the Iban (revision) and the Penan.

In 2000, BSM embarked on a major New Millennium Handwritten Bible project. The purpose of the project was to raise fund for the printing of Chinese Bibles to be distributed to the millions of Chinese Christians who were without Bibles. Many Malaysian Christians, young and old, took turn to copy verses from the Alkitab and wrote on the Big Handwritten Alkitab.

On the 50th Year of Malaysia’s independence, the year 2007, BSM printed a special 50th Independence New Testament (Perjanjian Baru – Edisi Merdeka Ke-50) to commemorate the celebration. A supplementary programme called “Alkitab – This Book Can Change Our Nation. Why Malaysian Christians should read the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia” was simultaneously carried out.

Ministries of BSM

Today, BSM continues to provide four areas of ministry for the Churches and Christians in Malaysia under its Mission of “Sowing God’s Word to Everyone in Everyway”.

  1. The Translation of the Bible into local languages
  2. The Publication of the Bible in many languages
  3. The Distribution of the Bible at affordable prices
  4. The Engagement with the Bible.

 

List of General Secretaries of BSM                                                                                      

  1. Rev Ezra Loke                                                    1986 – 1998
  2. Dr Victor Wong                                                 2000 – 2004
  3. Mr Noel Ng                                                         2005 – 2007
  4. Rev Dr Simon Wong                                        2009 – present

 

List of BSM Executive Members (2012-2013)

President: Lee Min Choon (Brethren)

Vice-President: Danny Wong Choy Sang (Methodist)

Honorary Secretary: Rev. Yau Kah Fatt (Methodist)

Honorary Treasurer: Nic Ng Kuan Seng (Brethren)

 

Committee Members:

Khong Yeng Pooi (Brethren),

Pastor Richard Samporoh (SIB),

Rev. Mathew Punnoose (Mar Thoma),

Dr. Benjamin George (FGA),

Catherine Chong Siew Keu (EFC),

Michael Wong Chi Yoong (Brethren)

Rev Loh Soon Choy (EFC)