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July 14, 2013

Bishop astonished by Muslim NGOs’ reaction

Terence Netto

In his first interview with the local media, the papal nuncio – the Vatican’s equivalent of an ambassador to Malaysia – said that although he recognised the ongoing court case on the use of the ‘Allah’ term as an internal matter, he supported Christian Federation of Malaysia’s arguments for the use of the term as “quite logical and acceptable”.

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing said he was astonished at the umbrage felt by some Muslim NGOs over Vatican envoy to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino’s support for the local church’s campaign to use the term ‘Allah’ in faith education and in their rituals of prayer and worship.

January 20, 2013

Bishop raps Ibrahim Ali’s ‘burn Bibles’ statement

Terence Netto

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing is appalled by Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali’s statement urging Muslims to burn Bibles that use the term ‘Allah’ for God, describing it as “an incendiary statement that far exceeds the bounds of civil discourse in Malaysia”.

The head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese, Bishop Paul Tan, said that now that Ibrahim’s “incendiary remarks are in the public domain, let’s wait and see what the authorities will do about it”.

“If there is going to be any point to that slogan ‘1Malaysia’ then this is the time when we can see for ourselves if the concept is mere sloganeering to win votes or an earnest of the government’s desire to unite the people in all their diversity,” argued the prelate. (more…)

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