Tuesday, 10 March 2009

banning of 'allah'

on the continuing case of the banning of the word 'allah', four more states in malaysia which do not come under a sultan and which do not have state rulings on this will soon gazette their own ruling. looks like the government is adamant in banning the use of 'allah' as well as other words. while some people may say, what's the big deal in prohibiting christians from using the word 'allah' as they can use other words? friends, it is not just one word. in some states like perak, up to 14 other words are also banned including words like rasul (apostle), and iman (faith). that is tantamount to saying, 'you can't use the bahasa malaysia for christianity'. on one hand, the government always asks everyone to use the national language but on the other hand, when it comes to religion, it is 'hands off!' where is the consistency?

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Remaining states to gazette ruling for non-Muslim publications


KUALA LUMPUR: The four states which have yet to gazette a ruling prohibiting non-Muslim publications from using the word “Allah” will soon follow suit once the Conference of Rulers issues them a guideline on the matter.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Penang, the Federal Territory, Sabah and Sarawak would soon gazette the ruling as part of their state enactments on Islamic matters.

“These four states are without rulers. Hence, Islam is under the King’s jurisdiction. It (gazetting of the ruling) will be done very soon.

“They will follow the guidelines to be determined by the Conference of Rulers,” he told reporters after the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at Dataran Merdeka here yesterday.

It was reported that action could be taken against non-Muslim publications, including the Catholic weekly The Herald in 10 states if they were found to be using four words related to Islam, which included “Allah.”

Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Kelantan, Tereng-ganu, Kedah, Perlis and Selangor have made the ruling part of their state enactments on Islamic matters.

A fatwa had been issued to prohibit non-Muslim publications from using the words “Allah,” “Kaabah,” “Solat” and “Baitullah” in reading materials.

The Catholic church has applied for a judicial review over the use of the word “Allah,” seeking to quash the decision of the Internal Security Minister (now Home Minister) in a letter on Feb 12, which imposed conditions on the publishing permit of The Herald.

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