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August 12, 2013

Minister: Courts will decide on non-Muslim use of ‘Allah’

Filed under: Human rights,religion — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:30 AM
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Nigel Aw

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup said the federal government will leave it up to the courts to decide on whether non-Muslim can use the word ‘Allah’ or not.

“This is now before the courts, so let the courts decide,” he told journalists after the attending the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) 30th anniversary dinner in Kuala Lumpur last night.

Kurup was responding to a query on whether the federal government will allow non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’ based on the 10-point solution endorsed by the cabinet in 2011.
Shortly before the Sarawak state election, the cabinet had agreed to the guidelines which allowed the free use of bibles containing the word ‘Allah’ in Sabah and Sarawak while Peninsula required a stamp “For Christians only” and a cross on the cover of the bibles.

bn supreme council mt meeting sapp sabah issue 190608 joseph kurupHowever, debate was sparked again last month when Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir declared that non-Muslims in his state are not allowed to use the word ‘Allah’.

Several non-Muslim religious groups, including MCCBCHST, have condemned the apparent renewed ban and called on the federal government to uphold the guidelines set out in 2011.

When pressed if the federal government will stand by the 10-point solution in light of the conflicting stance of various state governments, Kurup reiterated that the matter will be decided by the courts.

‘Interfaith mechanism’

The High Court on Dec 31, 2009 declared the Home Ministry’s ban against Christian publication The Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ as unconstitutional.

The government had since appealed the decision and the Court of Appeal will later this month hear the Catholic Church’s bid to strike out the appeal.

herald court case 050508On a related matter, when asked whether an interfaith commission would ever be set up Kurup said a similar mechanism already exists.

“It is not a commission, but there is already a cabinet-level committee with the same terms of reference (as the proposed commission),” he said.

Former Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi had in a recent interview lamented that he faced difficulty in pushing through an interfaith commission due to misunderstanding by religious leaders.


  1. God does not mind how and by what ever names we address Him. He has said “I am who I am”. God is love and He forgives the sinners.Whose who preach and advocate disunity,hatred and resentment do not belong to Him. Instead they’re the followers of the satan.
    “No healthy tree bears bad fruit, no poor tree bears good fruit. And each tree is known by the fruit it bears. Moreover, you don’t gather figs from thorns, or grapes from brambles. Similarly a good person draws good things from the good in his heart, and an evil person draws evil things from the evil in his heart. For the mouth speaks from the fullness of the heart.” luke 6:43-45.

    Comment by streetwalker — August 12, 2013 @ 8:50 PM | Reply

  2. The UMNO Baru controlled BN government is fighting for its political survival by recreating “Malay supremacy” and choosing the easy way out knowing that it has considerable influence on our judiciary. Putrajaya should give independence to Sarawak and Sabah if it decided to ban the use of the word Allah by non Muslims and Christians.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — August 12, 2013 @ 8:36 PM | Reply

  3. Small issue la….

    Comment by Rod — August 12, 2013 @ 6:50 PM | Reply

  4. Joseph Kurup, are you a christian? You are too evasive due to your self interests by selling your soul to Umnoputras, Every questions that are being posed to you over the usage of ‘Allah’, you conveniently answer …let the court decide. Every Sabahan now call you @#*7-!?>< !!!!!

    Comment by Angry Bird — August 12, 2013 @ 5:54 PM | Reply

    • Please dont blame him, $$$ always making a person even forgoten his ethnicity. Cina gui dare not admit as Cina gui, Keling said i am NOT KELINGs, $$$ spinning human like mad DOGs.

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 12, 2013 @ 7:34 PM | Reply

  5. More and more leaders becoming HP6 … intoxicated by haram money, selling their soul … eventually even their back side

    Comment by tigeryk — August 12, 2013 @ 12:18 PM | Reply

    • Didn’t the Prophet Muhammad invite Najran Christians to pray at a mosque in AD631?
      Has Johor Islamic Affairs Council (MAIJ) forgotten about this inconvenient historical record?

      Will they feel insulted if non-halal tax money generated from non-halal activities be channeled to build their schools, roads, public facilities?

      Comment by Abdah — August 13, 2013 @ 12:00 PM | Reply

  6. What we do now ??????

    Comment by BaramKid — August 12, 2013 @ 12:07 PM | Reply

    • Quite simple, Pakatan leaders like Anwar, Nik Aziz and Karpal Singh are all for the use of GOD(ALLAH) by non Muslims. Vote them in.

      Comment by i knowit all — August 12, 2013 @ 2:44 PM | Reply

    • CHANGE….UBAH….

      Comment by tiuniamah — August 12, 2013 @ 2:44 PM | Reply

    • Why stopped using the word? Do you think Jakim, Jais,Perkasa and the rest of them bigots can put millions of Sabahan and Sarawakians Christians in Prison?

      Comment by brian — August 12, 2013 @ 3:33 PM | Reply

      • ha…you are expecting this HYPOCRITE herds of beasts to change ? They had comfortably forgotten their ancestors religion’s were Hindus, and still adopting Bersanding in their current wedding ceremonies, HYPOCRITE SUPER TEAMS in 1Msia.

        Comment by tiuniamah — August 12, 2013 @ 7:46 PM | Reply

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