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November 19, 2013

Listen, learn and do no harm

Jeswan Kaur

The Barisan Nasional government, state rulers and bigots refuse to listen and learn on the Allah issue

First God was ‘put on trial. Then came the politicising of  to whom God or Allah ‘belongs’ to. And despite there being sufficient proof that shows Allah is not exclusive to the Malays, the truth has been hard to digest by zealots who continue to stake claim on ‘Allah’.

The country’s leaders and the judiciary remain adamant that only Muslims can utter the word ‘Allah’. (more…)

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UK parliament told of ‘Allah’ ban

Winston Way

MP Tom Greatrex voiced his concern for the East Malaysian Christians.

Malaysia’s perceived prejudice against Christians in the country was heard in UK Parliament recently.

The mover of the debate, MP Fiona Bruce voiced her profound alarm at the increasing level of persecution of Christians in a number of Muslim countries across the world mostly due to the whipping up of religious hatred by politically motivated groups. (more…)

November 17, 2013

Concern rises Allah ban is Umno’s SINISTER PLOY but it may lead to a M’sia without Sarawak

Concern rises Allah ban is Umno's SINISTER PLOY but it may lead to a M'sia without S'wakChristopher Fernandez, Stan Lee

Now that the issue of restricting or prohibiting the Catholic weekly newspaper “The Herald” from using the word Allah is set to go to the apex court in the country, there are more puzzling questions that have arisen over what is seen as a “non-issue” that now threatens to disrupt and divide the fabric of the nation.

How on earth and for what good reason should this issue drag on and become a protracted crisis when it should not have erupted at all in the first place? While the home ministry has the right to impose restrictions and prohibitions on a publication if it is deemed necessary, in this event it appears to have gone overboard.

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November 16, 2013

Church leaders steer clear of sultan’s decree

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Vignesh Kumar

Deeming it a sensitive matter, Church and Sikh leaders say they would leave it to the Federal Court to decide on the use of the word ‘Allah’.
In the wake of a royal decree banning non-Muslims from using the word ‘Allah’, Christian and Sikh religious leaders refused to be drawn into commenting on the matter. 

Council of Churches Malaysia (CCM) secretary Rev Hermen Shastri said he does not want to make a comment regarding the Allah issue as it was a sensitive matter.

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November 15, 2013

Sarawak church SNUBS Najib’s hazy Allah assurance, hints of Taib’s support, wants CLARITY

S'wak church SNUBS Najib's hazy Allah assurance, hints of Taib's support, wants CLARITYBolly Lapok

The Bumiputera Church will continue to use the word “Allah” as it is the fundamental to all aspects of our profession and practice of our Christian faith.

As we have heard from the public forum today, and has been stated numerous times to the media by church leaders from both East and Peninsula Malaysia, the word “Allah” has been used or spoken by the native communities of Sarawak and Sabah for generations. “Allah” has been used long before the formation of Malaysia and is part of our native language. It is used in all aspects of Christian faith and practice by Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christian and other native speaking including in services, prayers praise, liturgy, worship and religious education. As such, it is reasonable to expect that the word also be used in our Christian publications and multi-media resources.

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Don’t be silent, Archbishop tells Christians

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Winston Way

Southeast Asia’s Anglican Archbishop Bolly Lapok said non-Muslims need to ‘hear and see more than just a display of ad hoc benevolence by the Malaysian government’.

A high-ranking church leader has urged non-Muslims and Christians in particular “not to be silent” and reminded the government that these communities want ‘a tangible commitment’ on the assurance of freedom of religion. (more…)

Selangor Sultan reminds non-Muslims in state not to use Allah

TMI

The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah (pic), for a second time this year has called on non-Muslims in the state to not refer to God as Allah.

Selangor Royal Council secretary Hanafisah Jais issued a statement today on behalf of the Sultan, calling on his people to adhere to Section 9 of the Non Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation against Muslims) Enactment 1988, which classifies use of certain words and expressions of Islamic origin without the state’s authority as a religious offence in the state. (more…)

Right to use “Allah” among Sarawak churches’ three requests to Putrajaya

Members of a church congregation. Lawyers have warned that the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal applies to Christians nationwide. - The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 13, 2013.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Members of a church congregation. Lawyers have warned that the October 14 ruling by the Court of Appeal applies to Christians nationwide. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, November 13, 2013.Sarawak churches have urged Putrajaya to show more commitment to religious freedom in Sabah and Sarawak in a three-point request unveiled at a forum in Kuching today.

According to the three-point request, read by Association of Churches Sarawak chairman Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok to more than 1,000 people at the forum, Putrajaya should: (more…)

November 14, 2013

In East Malaysia, Christians stand with Catholic Church in appeal against Allah ruling

JENNIFER GOMEZ

Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak have vowed to carry on using the word Allah even if it meant being prosecuted under a Home Ministry directive allowed by a court ruling.

They also accused Putrajaya of trying to mislead Christians from East Malaysia into believing that the Court of Appeal ruling was only applicable to the Catholic weekly, Herald.

They said they will speak up on this issue as this is what their respective congregations expected them to do. (more…)

Churches in Sarawak want Putrajaya’s commitment

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Mkini

The Association of Churches Sarawak has urged Putrajaya to show more commitment to recognising religious freedom in Sabah and Sarawak.

The group’s chairperson Archbishop Bolly Lapok said thus far, Putrajaya hads only displayed “ad hoc benevolence” whenever religious freedom cropped up.

“We need tangible commitments from the authorities to respect and uphold the freedom of religion, guaranteed by the federal Cconstitution as the supreme law of the nation,” Lapok said in a statement today. (more…)

SHOWDOWN ‘ALLAH’: Church files appeal but will its bid be blocked by Najib, Muslim ultras?

SHOWDOWN 'ALLAH': Church files appeal but will its bid be blocked by Najib, Muslim ultras?Maria Begum

The Catholic Church has applied for leave to appeal to Federal Court to overturn a controversial ruling that deemed the word Allah was exclusive to Muslims; and hence barring its weekly publication, the Herald, as well as other non-Muslims from using the word to refer to God.

The confusing and contentious ruling laid down last month by a 3-member all Malay-Muslim Court of Appeal panel has stirred unprecedented criticism and ridicule for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN government, from both domestic and international sources.

Slammed all round

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November 13, 2013

Catholic Church files for leave to appeal

Bernama

The Catholic Church has filed an application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court the decision of the Court of Appeal which had allowed the government’s appeal to ban its weekly publication The Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God.

Benjamin Dawson, one of the counsels representing the church, said they had filed the application at the Federal Court registry yesterday.

“The church has raised 26 questions of law in the leave application to appeal to the Federal Court,” he told Bernama when contacted today. (more…)

November 3, 2013

Najib has spoken, the world can now judge how LOW are his standards!

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ALLAH: Najib has spoken, the world can now judge how LOW are his standards!J. D. Lovrenciear

It is being reported that the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak in his interview with Reuters in London, speaking along the sidelines of the World Islamic Economic Forum, has confirmed that the “Allah” ban only applies to the Catholic Weekly, The Herald.

So the prime minister has in doing so revealed several serious concerns f or national and global debate.

Firstly, why do we need a prime minster to interpret a Court of Appeal ruling? Is it not the work and obligation of the legal fraternity? And in doing so, is he not mooting the further rooting of that perception amongst the citizens and the global community that the judiciary is not all that independent after all? (more…)

October 31, 2013

Sabah church group says can’t stop them using Allah to instruct Christians

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Christians form the majority of Sabah and Sarawak. - The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 30, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

Christians form the majority of Sabah and Sarawak. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 30, 2013.Law enforcement agencies must prosecute Christians who attempt to proselytize Muslims but the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) is totally against Putrajaya banning the word Allah from being used for religious instructions to Christians.

SIB Sabah president Reverend Datuk Jeffrey W. A. Dusing said there were many laws in the country which can be used to act against the minority who attempt to convert Muslims, but “the majority of Christians should not be punished”. (more…)

October 30, 2013

Appeal Court ruling is clear, Allah for Muslims only, say constitutional lawyers

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Joseph Kurup are among cabinet members who say Christians could use Allah in their worship. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 29, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup are among cabinet members who say Christians could use Allah in their worship. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 29, 2013.Let the debate end. Non-Muslims in Malaysia cannot use the word Allah, say constitutional lawyers.

The reason: the Court of Appeal decision which states that the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims overrides the Cabinet’s 10-point solution made in 2011 which allowed that bibles in all languages can
be imported into the country, including those in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia. (more…)

October 29, 2013

Sabah lawyers offer to stand with Catholic Church in appeal against Allah ruling

Christians attend a church mass in Petaling Jaya. Lawyers have argued that the October 14 Court of Appeal ruling on the word Allah applies to Christians nationwide. - The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 28, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

Christians attend a church mass in Petaling Jaya. Lawyers have argued that the October 14 Court of Appeal ruling on the word Allah applies to Christians nationwide. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 28, 2013.The Sabah Law Association (SLA) wants to stand side by side with the Catholic Church when the Allah case goes before the Federal Court, a sure sign of the widening impact of restricting the word to Muslims only.

The SLA met on Saturday and made the decision after concluding that the Court of Appeal ruling on October 14 had violated the constitutional rights of Christians in Sabah.

“The SLA will apply to be part of the proceedings in the Federal Court,” a member of the association told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Home Ministry says it wanted to make sure no “Allah” in seized Herald copies

The Herald is currently appealing against the Court of Appeal ruling prohibiting it from using the word Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia edition. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.RITA JONG

The Herald is currently appealing against the Court of Appeal ruling prohibiting it from using the word Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia edition. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.The Home Ministry today said that the seizure of the Catholic weekly Herald in Sabah last week was only for inspection.

Defending its move to stop the distribution of 2,000 copies of the newsletter to churches in Sabah, the ministry said it was to ensure that the latest issue did not contain the word Allah, in line with the Court of Appeal ruling on October 14.

“However the copies were released for circulation today after the inspection found that the word Allah was not used in this issue,” the ministry said on its official Facebook page this morning. (more…)

UMNO-BN IS NOW DANGEROUS! For their own safety, Christians,non-Malays must ALERT the world

UMNO-BN IS NOW DANGEROUS! For their own safety, Christians,non-Malays must ALERT the worldJ. D. Lovrenciear

It is just unthinkable what’s next, given the “Endless Possibilities” of the PM’s minted slogan, in so far as the assault on the Catholics continues.

The latest freezing of 2,000 copies of the Herald newspapers by authorities is more than injustice.

Denying thousands of Catholic families in East Malaysia their weekly news bulletin on faith matters, as they travel from far and near to observe their obligatory Sunday service, is definitely totally unacceptable to any fair, just and right-minded citizen. (more…)

Court action on Allah issue is not against Muslims and Islam, says Sabah church

Tmi

Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), Sabah’s second largest church, has assured Muslims that the Catholic church’s appeal against the Allah ruling is not against them or Islam, but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal Government and its officials.

In a communique to its leaders and members today, SIB said the church has never undermined the position of Islam as the religion of the federation.

However, by the same token, Christians also expected their constitutional right to profess, practise and propagate their faith to be respected by the courts and the government. (more…)

Herald shouldn’t have been stopped, 10-point deal still stands, says Idris Jala

Herald AllahDESMOND DAVIDSON

Idris Jala disagrees with the seizure of Herald copies in Kota Kinabalu, but says there could have been a misunderstanding. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.Datuk Seri Idris Jala believes that the order to stop the distribution of the Herald in Sabah over the weekend was a case of a “misunderstanding”, adding that the 10-point agreement between Putrajaya and East Malaysia still stands.

Idris, who was the architect of the 10-point agreement which allowed the printing, importation and distribution of the Al-Kitab, the Bahasa Malaysia version of the bible, broke his silence on the Allah issue today when he said, “this should not have happened”. (more…)

October 28, 2013

Herald released in Sabah after Archbishop seeks BN politician’s help

Herald AllahLEE SHI-IAN

Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (pic) had sought the intervention of a Barisan Nasional MP in Sabah while questioning an order from the Home Ministry to stop the distribution of the latest Herald publication in Sabah.

Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said, in a Facebook posting today, that he had interceded with the Home Ministry on behalf of the Catholic Church to obtain approval for 2,000 copies of Herald to be released in Sabah.

Wilfred, the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president, said the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur had sought his assistance last night. (more…)

Sarawak BN leader wants home ministry officers to stop acting on their own accord

Herald AllahDESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic)  has put the stop order on the distribution of Catholic weekly Herald in Sabah to Home Ministry officials making decisions in haste without consulting their political leaders.

“They have obviously taken matters into their own hands. I suggest that political leaders must be consulted first before taking action on matters which has negative socio-political impact.

“It is us, the politicians, who will bear the brunt of criticisms, not these government officers,” Masing, a senior Christian minister in the Sarawak cabinet and also president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), pointed out. (more…)

‘Detention of The Herald shows assurance ignored’

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Dukau Papau

The detention of 2,000 copies of the Roman Church’s publicationThe Herald last Friday at the Kota Kinabalu Airport by the Home Affairs Ministry has shown that the ministry’s officials have ignored Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s assurance that the world ‘Allah’ can be used in Sabah and Sarawak, said Baru Bian, chairperson of Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

“The prime minister’s assurance does not hold water as proved by the detention of these copies of The Herald.

“Najib and his cabinet ministers were only intensely trying to mislead and pacify Sabahans and Sarawakians by saying that the ban does not apply to Sabah and Sarawak,” said Baru (right), who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson. (more…)

October 27, 2013

Putrajaya stops the distribution of latest Herald in Sabah

JENNIFER GOMEZ

Putrajaya has stopped the distribution of some 2,000 copies of this week’s edition of the Catholic weekly Herald in Sabah, raising tension between the Catholic Church and the Barisan Nasional government.

Herald editor Reverend Father Lawrence Andrew told The Malaysian Insider that the forwarding company was informed by the Home Ministry that the copies were not to be distributed.

“As always, the Home Ministry will pick up a copy for vetting purposes when it arrives in Kota Kinabalu.

“But this time, after picking up the copy, the authorities informed the forwarding company on Friday morning that the consignment cannot be distributed,” he said. (more…)

October 25, 2013

‘Allah’ decision a blot on our legal landscape

Tommy Thomas

The sustained public attack on last week’s decision of the Court of Appeal in prohibiting the Catholic Church from using the word ‘Allah’ in its internal publication, The Herald, is absolutely unprecedented, even in a nation used to bad court decisions.

From a constitutional perspective, the judgments of the three judges on the bench are poorly reasoned, the law misread and conclusions reached which will baffle any right-thinking student anywhere in the common law.

The decision is not just wrong, it is horribly wrong, and represents a terrible blot on our legal landscape, unless overturned quickly by the apex court, the Federal Court. Regrettably, what follows may seem unduly legalistic, but it cannot be avoided in a critique of a court decision. (more…)

AG’s warning further fails to heal the atrocity

Herald AllahJD Lovrenciear

Who in the world – Muslim and non-Muslim faiths included – has not expressed shock and serious concern over Malaysia’s stand on the ‘Allah’ word?

The world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia, has taken a firm objection as seen from the respected daily there, the Jakarta Post. Even the bedrock of Islam, the UAE, has expressed no support for Malaysia’s position on making the ‘Allah’ word exclusive for Malaysian Muslims.

But our attorney-general, hot on the heels of a national and global reaction and condemnation of the verdict, has warned all Malaysians that questioning and expressing concerns over the Appeal Court’s verdict dangerously hinges on contempt of court. (more…)

Any chance of a meaningful solution in ‘Allah’ furore?

Ronnie Ooi

Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ controversy is fundamentally a political issue about how different communities relate to one another. It is not a legal issue. The Catholic Church needs to take account of the Malay community’s majority view before deciding on the next step.

If unrestricted use of the word Allah is not acceptable to the moderate Malay community, then the Church, together with others, should search for a compromise that will preserve the religious practices of Christians in East Malaysia as well as that of the Sikhs, who also refer to their God as Allah.

The concept of ‘what is integral to a religion’ may provide the framework for such a compromise. It is hoped that all sides will approach the issue in a spirit of goodwill and with a desire to find a solution. (more…)

October 24, 2013

Sarawak leader calls for Nazri’s sacking over Allah remarks

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S'wak PKR's See Chee How (left) and Boniface Willy slam Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz's remarks on the Allah issue

Ng Ai Fern

  • Sarawak PKR’s See Chee How (left) and Boniface Willy slam Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s remarks on the Allah issue

A Sarawak leader has called for the sacking of Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz over his “inappropriate” and “contradicting” remarks on the Allah issue.

See Chee How, the state PKR vice chairman and Batu Lintang assembly member, said Nazri’s statement on the use of the word “Allah” by Christians contradicts those made by the prime minister and other ministers.

See said Nazri does not appear to be capable of upholding the country’s image as the tourism minister. (more…)

October 22, 2013

Allah only an issue in peninsula, Sarawakians are tolerant, says Taib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (3rd from left) and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, flanked by Taib and his wife, at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu meeting in Kuching, today. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 21, 2013.DESMOND DAVIDSON

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (3rd from left) and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, flanked by Taib and his wife, at the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu meeting in Kuching, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 21, 2013.The Allah issue between Muslims and Christians in Peninsular Malaysia does not affect Sarawakians because they are a tolerant people, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

“To us (people in Sarawak) there is no issue. We have lived with people of different races and different religions for many decades, even before Malaysia,” Taib said in his first public statement on the issue since the Court of Appeal ruled last Monday that the word Allah could not be used by the Catholic weekly, Herald.

Taib declared the ruling was not binding on Sabah and Sarawak. (more…)

What’s in an awesome name? EVERYTHING

KALIMAH ALLAH: What’s in an awesome name? EVERYTHINGChristopher Fernandez

The invoking of the name of “Allah” is awesome to billions of Muslims and non-Muslims alike around the world. Its reverberations can be felt not just on this earth and the heavens but throughout the universe and such is the magnitude of reverence and honor that is bestowed upon this name which is above every other name.

While people of various faiths go about worshipping Allah all around the world unhindered, the Court of Appeal who sat to hear the prohibition of the use of the name “Allah” in the Catholic weekly newspaper The Herald capitulated and bowed to pressure from fundamentalist Islamic groups and extremists in Malaysia to ban the use of the word in the publication. (more…)

Attorney General draws flak for saying Allah decision only applies to Herald

Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail says the Herald is accessible to Muslims, which is why it is banned from using the word Allah.V. ANBALAGAN AND LEE SHI-IAN

Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail says the Herald is accessible to Muslims, which is why it is banned from using the word Allah. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s explanation that the recent court decision on the Allah issue only applied to Catholic weekly Herald has drawn criticism from two DAP lawmakers.

Veteran lawyer Karpal Singh told Abdul Gani to go back to law school to interpret the Court of Appeal’s verdict.

“Abdul Gani is holding the wrong end of the stick and is completely off the mark in the statement he issued yesterday. Even a first year law student knows the principle which has been established in this case,” Karpal told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

October 21, 2013

Confusion is a public offence in the making

AB Sulaiman

Many quarters have expressed their shock, dismay and disbelief on hearing the recent ruling on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by the courts; adverse public reaction is still raging.

I do not wish to repeat these strong sentiments here but to offer my one sen’s worth of observation over this same issue. For this I quote the words as expressed by Justice Mohd Zawawi, one of the Court of Appeal judges.

He said that if the word ‘Allah’ is to be employed in the Malay version of The Herald to refer to God, there will be a risk of misrepresentation of God within Christianity itself. (more…)

Judgment raising more controversies than answers

Bob Teoh

The Court of Appeal judgment in favour of the government was done at the expense of limiting fundamental human rights guaranteed by the constitution. Such rights are now subject to Islamic dictates. The appeal court did this by throwing out all the six orders made by the High Court of Kuala Lumpur four years ago that allowed the Catholic weekly The Herald in the use of the word ‘Allah’.

Constitutional lawyer Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said the Court of Appeal was wrong in its decision banning The Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in its Bahasa Malaysia edition.

“By linking religious rights under the chapter on fundamental liberties with Article 3(1) of the federal constitution which effectively makes Islam the benchmark for everybody, this runs counter to the general meaning of Article 3(1) of the federal constitution itself,” he was quoted as saying. (more…)

October 19, 2013

‘Allah ban is about subordination, not theology’

Mkini

Malaysia’s ban on the use of ‘Allah’ by Catholic weekly The Herald has been described by a Sudanese-born writer with the United Kingdom newspaper The Guardian as not a religious issue but an attempt by the majority ethnic group to seize the national identity of the country.

In an article on the popular website of The Guardian, Nesrine Malik sympathises with non-Muslims, who she says are struggling to re-assert the country’s pluralistic national identity.

The ban is as ridiculous, Nesrine adds, as the UK passing a law saying that ‘God’ can only be used by Christians. (more…)

October 18, 2013

One country, two interpretations of Allah – it’s awkward, say politician and lawyers

allahV. ANBALAGAN AND DESMOND DAVIDSON

“Why do we have one country with two interpretations of the use of the word Allah?” Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic) asked this when commenting on the Cabinet decision yesterday that the Court of Appeal ruling, which banned the word Allah in the Catholic weekly, Herald, does not apply to Sabah and Sarawak.

“I’m not comfortable with this interpretation. The assurance by the Cabinet that Sabah and Sarawak can use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia or native language bibles, and other religious publications and in worship, but not in West Malaysia, is not satisfactory,” Masing told The Malaysian Insider, adding that he still thinks that the court ruling is faulty. “It means one nation with two religious definitions of what is acceptable. I feel awkward.” (more…)

After the Allah decision, Putrajaya in futile bid to salvage Malaysia

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Christian leaders during Christmas last year. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 17, 2013.

THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak with Christian leaders during Christmas last year. 

There is irrationality and irony in the Cabinet’s decision that the word Allah can be used in worship and in the Bahasa Malaysia bibles in Sabah and Sarawak – because one cannot compartmentalise religion by regions.

Nor can the Cabinet override the court’s decision.

Or the fact that the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Catholic weekly, the Herald, is actually meant for East Malaysians where most of the Catholics speak and read the national language more than anywhere else in the country. (more…)

October 16, 2013

‘We respect Allah ruling, but…’

Anisah Shukry

The government must stop listening to the “stupid people” and instead educate Muslims regarding verses in the Quran which mentions non-Muslims discussing about Allah with the Prophet Muhammad.

 

The Court of Appeal’s decision to ban the word ‘Allah’ in Christian publication The Herald does not change the fact that Islam allows non-Muslims to use the word in the first place, PAS said today.

But both PAS vice president Mahfuz Omar and PAS central committee member Khalid Samad said that this morning’s ruling – a culmination of years of interfaith struggle between the country’s two major religions – must be respected. (more…)

October 15, 2013

What’s next? The banning of Sikh Holy Book?

P Ramani

The Court of Appeal ruling on the Allah issue yesterday has given wide-ranging discretionary powers to the Home Minister to make pre-emptive executive decisions, says Tony Pua.

The Court of Appeal decision yesterday which ruled in favour of the government on the use of the term ‘Allah’ has also given wide-ranging discretionary powers to the Home Minister to make pre-emptive executive decisions.

The judgment read by Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali stated that the Home Minister had sufficient material before him to ban Catholic weekly The Herald from using the ‘Allah’ word as “such usage if allowed will inevitably cause confusion within the community”. (more…)

Allah ban affects all Bahasa Malaysia Christian publications, says religious group

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TRINNA LEONG

Today’s court ruling which banned the use of the word Allah in the Catholic weekly, Herald, has a far-reaching implication as it affects all Christian publications printed in Bahasa Malaysia, said the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).

The CFM said in a statement that the Court of Appeal, by stating “that the name Allah was not an integral part of the Christian faith and practice”, had totally ignored the position of Bumiputera and Orang Asli Christians who constitute 60% of the Christian population in Malaysia. And they are all Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Malaysians. (more…)

September 13, 2013

Putting God on trial

Jeswan Kaur

How does BN expect national security to remain intact when it decided to put God on trial, literally, creating psychological unrest for Malaysians irrespective of their religious beliefs?

The Catholic Church hopes its prayers go answered next month when the Court of Appeal decides whether weekly publication Herald has legal ‘blessings’ to continue using the word ‘Allah’.

The Herald, a weekly publication of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, is published in four languages and has been using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for God in its Bahasa Malaysia-language section, catering to East Malaysians in the peninsula, since September 1995, but the government argued that ‘Allah’ should be used exclusively by Muslims. (more…)

September 12, 2013

‘Allah’ appeal verdict next month

TMI

The Court of Appeal says this after hearing submissions from concerned parties.

The Court of Appeal will deliver its verdict on the ‘Allah’ issue next month after hearing submissions from government lawyers, the Catholic Church and counsel representing Muslim groups at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya today.

Court of Appeal judge Mohamad Apandi Ali, in reserving judgment, said that the court would deliver its verdict next month after going through all the arguments put forth.

The three-man bench chaired by Mohamed Apandi included Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim. (more…)

September 11, 2013

Banning of the word Allah in Herald a pre-emptive strike to avert public disorder, court told

The Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Wangsa Maju, was one of the churches set on fire following the outcome of the December 31, 2009, High Court decision allowing the Herald the right to use the word Allah. The Malaysian Insider pic, September 10, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

The Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Wangsa Maju, was one of the churches set on fire following the outcome of the December 31, 2009, High Court decision allowing the Herald the right to use the word Allah. The Malaysian Insider pic, September 10, 2013.The Home Minister banned the use of the word Allah in the Catholic Church’s weekly publication on grounds of national security and public order.

Putrajaya’s lawyer Suzana Atan told a three-man Court of Appeal bench in Putrajaya today that the prohibition was ordered as it touched on Islamic religious sensitivity.

“In this country, Allah is a sensitive word,” she said when submitting to reverse a 2009 High Court order which allowed the church to use the word in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Herald. (more…)

August 22, 2013

Catholic Church calls for respect as “Allah” issue has its day in court Today ( 22-08-2013 )

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

The Catholic Church has expressed grave concern over recent statements on the use of the word “Allah”, a matter which is still pending at the Court of Appeal.

A statement issued today by Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur chancellor Father Jestus Pereira noted that “many of the statements are stoking racial sentiments and creating religious tension in our country.

“We humbly request all parties to respectfully allow the judicial process to take its course and urge the relevant authorities to take necessary steps to prevent any untoward incidence. We pray that peace and good sense will prevail,” he said. (more…)

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