Hornbill Unleashed

August 22, 2013

Church fears ‘Allah’ statements could cause unrest

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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The Catholic Church has urged all parties to cease commenting on the use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims while a court decision is pending, for fear of sparking unrest.Reverend Father Jestus Pereira, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, said such statements “are stoking racial sentiments and creating religious tension” in Malaysia.

“We humbly request all parties to respectfully allow the judicial process to take its course and urge the relevant authorities to take the necessary steps to prevent any untoward incident,” Father Pereira said in a statement.

He said the church was also “gravely concerned” about recent statements.

NONE“We exhort all to pray that peace and good sense will prevail,” he added.

The statement comes a day before an application to strike out the government’s appeal against the use of ‘Allah’ is due to be heard by the Court of Appeal.

On Dec 31, 2009, the Kuala Lumpur High Court in a landmark decision declared that the Home Ministry’s blanket ban on the use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims is illegal.

Firebombs, paint and rocks were thrown at several churches following the decision, prompting security patrols to protect Christian places of worship.

Earlier this month, Catholic Archbishop Murphy Pakiam questionedwhy the government was proceeding with its appeal, in spite of the 10-point solution signed by the prime minister on April 11, 2011.
According to this solution, the government will allow, without any restriction, the importation and publication of the Bible in all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia/Bahasa Indonesia, with the word ‘Allah’ in it.


1 Comment »

  1. Looks like these trouble causers NGOs are forcing the hand of the court in the Judgement. If the court finds in favour of the Christians they may take to the streets and cause trouble as they have. Christians on the other hand will be on the receiving side with church defilement and burning taking place. So the court will take the safe way out than to “hurt” the feelings of these extremist elements. All blame should fall on UMNO and Syed Albar who created this issue in the first place and now it has gone out of control. The only losers will be the economy of the country and social system. This will put Malaysia in the same status as Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen and other extremist Islamic countries Thanks to The evil mamak and his gang.

    Comment by Joseph — August 22, 2013 @ 12:34 PM | Reply

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