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October 29, 2013

Gov’t can set record straight in ‘Allah’ case tomorrow


The government has a chance to clear the air over the usage of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians in a High Court case that will be heard tomorrow, the Sidang Injil Borneo Church said.

By making a declaration on the right of the church to use the word ‘Allah’, SIB president Jerry WA Dusing said the government would be able to show its “good faith” in upholding the rights of bumiputera Christians.

This should be the case for all Bahasa Malaysia-speaking bumiputera Christians, Dusing said, regardless of whether they are residing in Sabah, Sarawak or in the peninsula.

“The case that we have commenced in the High Court, arising from the seizure of our Sunday School materials, affords an excellent opportunity for the government to put the record straight…

sabah church christian books suit 160108 jerry wa dusing 2“(The case) need not proceed if a mutual agreement can be reached (over the declaration on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by the church),” Dusing (right) said.

Among suggestions forwarded by the SIB for a settlement is for a 1986 Home Ministry circular to be amended to remove the word ‘Allah’ from the list of words that cannot be used in non-Muslim publications.

SIB also called for the implementation of the 10-point solution that allows the use of the word ‘Allah’ in the Alkitab, and to work towards a “fair and just solution” pending the clearing of the case.

Dusing said the declaration sought was the only one of SIB’s three demands that have not been fulfilled, as the first two had been met with the return of the Christian children’s books seized in August 2007.

Boxes of children’s books seized

The three consignments of books, which were en route to Sabah from Indonesia, were seized at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang six years ago.

The Home Ministry seized the items based on a Dec 5, 1986, circular that states, among others, that non-Muslim publications cannot use the words ‘Allah’, ‘Kaabah’, ‘Baitullah’ and ‘solat’.

Dusing said SIB was told that the government would destroy the items if they were not sent back to Indonesia, prompting the church to seek legal recourse.

The SIB had then sought to quash the home minister’s decision to ban the import of the titles and for the consignments to be seized.
It also sought declaratory relief for the use of the word ‘Allah’ by the church, but an out-of-court settlement could not be reached on this aspect of the case.

“It is the policy of SIB to resolve any dispute with any party amicably, through reasoned persuasion and amicable means. But in this instance, all other means have been exhausted without resolution.”

Dusing added that the SIB was older than Malaysia, which was formed in 1963, and had been using the word ‘Allah’ since its inception.

As such, when the 1986 Home Ministry circular banning the use of the word by non-Muslims was issued, church groups sought clarification but were told that the circular would not be enforced.

“This explanation was taken in good faith by the churches then, but now what we have feared has happened, with the Court of Appeal decision on Allah, which is seriously flawed.”

‘1Malaysia, two Alkitab policy’

Earlier this month, the Court of Appeal declared that Catholic weeklyThe Herald is not allowed to use the word ‘Allah’ in its publication. The publication is appealing the matter in the Federal Court.

The government has given its assurance Christians in Sabah and Sarawak can use the word ‘Allah’ in their worship, as per the 10-point solution, and in the Bahasa Malaysia Bible, the Alkitab.

“While we welcome this assurance, we must stress that any decision must be based on the constitutional guarantees of our religious freedom.

“We reject any ‘1Malaysia-two Alkitab’ policy that only serves to divide the nation and will not serve our members who are residing in Semenanjung Malaysia,” Dusing added.


  1. The Court of Appeal judges on the Allah issue were instructed to and would be rewarded for ruling what Umno Baru had wanted. They could not care less and would leave the matter now to he Apex Court to undo their deliberately flawed judgement. That is how the corrupted system works in this country.

    Comment by Rosli Samat — October 30, 2013 @ 11:40 PM | Reply

  2. It is really difficult to deal with DUMNO- DIE-HARD UNITED MORONS NATIONAL ORGANISATION which has converted Malaysia into a BODOHLAND. Everything under the Sun belongs to them, and even the Creator ALLAH is not spared. Even Allah has to be reminded by DUMNO that only dumno muslims are allowed to worship HIM and all the rest are infidels. What are about christians? PERKOSA said that the christians were created in God Allah’s image and they’re already God’s people and so, exempted from worshipping HIM. PERKOSA needs Allah as its members and dumnos still do not Know HIM. Period!

    Comment by Justice lover — October 29, 2013 @ 1:44 PM | Reply

  3. I now doubt if goat exist, because if he does, why allow all this nonsense? Money = Most powerful goat

    Comment by tigerykey — October 29, 2013 @ 11:47 AM | Reply

  4. Sabrina, they were not smart, not learned and definitely pressured by extremist group because they were not smart and not learned!

    The ban has far wider implications then they want to admit. It was a forward looking decision as they know that it can be used to affect Sabah and Sarawak and that has been proven by the seizure of the Herald from being brought into Sabah!

    That actually has nullified the 10 point agreement and they know it.

    Comment by brian — October 29, 2013 @ 11:35 AM | Reply

  5. Even if the Government were to say yes in the High Court now, it would be MEANINGLESS !! This Government has shown that it totally lack SINCERITY and RESPECT for others. They are acting like big bully and will only be happy if others have to come begging and kowtow to their leaders.

    Comment by gagojackman — October 29, 2013 @ 11:23 AM | Reply

  6. The Court of Appeal could have ruled that unless the Ministerial ruling in 1986 had been revoked the ban enforced by the Home Ministry stays instead of stupidly interpreting the Christian faith by ruling that Allah was never an integral of Christian faith. Were they not smart and learned or they had been pressured by certain extremist groups to give a rubbish verdict.

    Comment by Sabrina Abdullah — October 29, 2013 @ 9:28 AM | Reply

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