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February 15, 2010

Asri urges review of Islamic laws on banned words

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Taken from Malaysian Insider

By G. Manimaran, Bahasa Malaysia Editor

KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 15 — Influential cleric Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin (picture) has come out to ask all states to review their Islamic enactments that bar non-Muslims from using terms and words such as ‘Allah’, saying laws should be updated from time to time.

The former Perlis mufti defended Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad’s proposal for Selangor to review laws such as its Non-Islamic Religion Enactment 1988 (Control of Propagations Among Muslims) that has raised the ire of some Muslims.

“Yes, I feel the proposal should be considered as part of contemporary development. The requirements from the past and present are not the same at all,” Asri told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview yesterday.

Khalid’s proposal came in the wake of the controversial High Court ruling last Dec 31 when the Catholic weekly Herald was given the constitutional right to use the word ‘Allah’ to describe the Christian God among the Catholic congregation to the consternation of Muslims who say its exclusive to them.

“If the Internal Security Act (ISA) can be reviewed, don’t tell me these others laws cannot be reviewed,” he said, pointing out there are many words and phrases that have been barred from usage by non-Muslims.

Ten of Malaysia’s 13 states have banned non-Muslims from using up to 35 Arabic terms including the word ‘Allah’, ‘solat’ or prayers and even ‘masjid’ or mosque.

“How can we propagate our religion to others if we stop them (non-Muslims) from using certain words,” he asked.

Asri said the government should issue clear guidelines on such usage rather than rely on enactments.

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January 28, 2010

1Malaysia?Oh ya,1Malaysia huru hara


Kepala babi dilontar dalam perkarangan dua masjid

Taken from Malaysia Kini

Kepala babi ditemui dilontarkan ke dalam perkarangan dua buah masjid sekitar Jalan Klang Lama hari ini.

Kepala babi berkenaan dijumpai di perkarangan Masjid Jumhuriyah, Taman Datuk Harun di Petaling Jaya dan Masjid Al-Imam Al-Tirmizi, Taman Seri Sentosa, Jalan Klang Lama.

Insiden itu merupakan yang terbaru perbuatan merosak dan mencemarkan rumah-rumat ibadat sepanjang tiga minggu lalu, yang membabitkan 11 gereja, sebuah kuil Sikh, sebuah masjid dan dua surau.

Serangan ini dipercayai ada kaitan dengan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi pada 31 Disember lalu yang membenarkan bukan Islam menggunakan kalimah Allah sebagai terjemahaan untuk ‘God’.

Menurut saksi, dua kepala babi dijumpai oleh jemaah di perkarangan masjid ketika datang hendak menunaikan solat Subuh pada jam 5.30 pagi.

Selain kepala babi, kepingan wang kertas juga ditemui ditaburkan di di situ.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Musa Hassan dan pegawainya datang untuk menyiasat kawasan kejadian.

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January 17, 2010

Four reasons for controversial ‘Allah’ ruling


Taken from Malaysian Insider

 

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 17 —  High Court judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan’s controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that rocked the nation over who had rights to the term cited that the Home Minister and government’s actions had been illegal, unconstitutional, irrational and had failed to satisfy that it was a threat to national security.

She also wrote about the apparent conflict in the matter between the Federal Constitution and the various state enactments apart from claims by Muslim groups that the matter cannot be taken to a civil court.

The judge released the written grounds of her Dec 31 judgment late on Friday while the increasingly acrimonious public debate over who has the right to use the word “Allah” continues to rage on.

The Malaysian Insider obtained a copy of her 57-page judgment where the judge lays out the reasons and the laws behind her oral pronouncement.

In laying out her judgment, Justice Lau ruled that the Home Minister and the Government of Malaysia, who were named as 1st and 2nd Respondents respectively, has the discretion under Section 12 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act to issue or revoke a permit to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Reverend Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (the Applicant) to publish the Church’s newspaper, Herald — The Catholic Weekly.

But, she stressed, the respondents had made decisions that were illegal, unconstitutional and irrational when they barred the Catholic newspaper from publishing the word “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia section.

Below are excerpts highlighting the main disputes.

* On why the Home Minister’s ban is illegal

“The Applicant submits the 1st Respondent has failed to take into account one or more of the relevant considerations…

1. The word “Allah” is the correct Bahasa Malaysia word for “God” and in the Bahasa Malaysia translation of the Bible, “God” is translated as “Allah” and “Lord” is translated as “Tuhan”;

2. For 15 centuries, Christians and Muslims in Arabic-speaking countries have been using the word “Allah” in reference to the One God. The Catholic Church in Malaysia and Indonesia and the greater majority of other Christian denominations hold that “Allah” is the legitimate word for “God” in Bahasa Malaysia;

3. The Malay language has been the lingua franca of many Catholic believers for several centuries especially those living in Melaka and Penang and their descendants in Peninsular Malaysia have practised a culture of speaking and praying in the Malay language;

4. The word “God” has been translated as “Allah” in the “Istilah Agama Kristian Bahasa Inggeris ke Bahasa Malaysia” first published by the Catholic Bishops Conference of Malaysia in 1989;

5. The Malay-Latin dictionary published in 1631 had translated “Deus” (the Latin word for God) as “Alla” as the Malay translation;

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January 16, 2010

Speak up on ‘Allah’, Kit Siang urges Borneo ministers


Taken from MalaysianInsider

By Clara Chooi

IPOH, Jan 16 — DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang has asked all Cabinet ministers from East Malaysia to declare if they agreed with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz’s bid to strike a compromise by allowing only Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use “Allah”.

The Ipoh Timur MP today slammed Nazri for his statement, which was front-paged in Kuching daily The Borneo Post yesterday, saying that his words made a total mockery of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1 Malaysia concept.

“It seems now we are having more and more segmentation and departmentalisation rather than 1 Malaysia,” Lim noted.

“I was struck by Nazri’s announcement because just a day earlier, our deputy prime minister (Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin) said, in his talk at the Oxford Islamic Centre, that there would be no more Allah contention in the future.

“I wonder what he meant by that?” he added.

He questioned if, by making such a statement, Muhyiddin had meant that there would no longer be any “insensitive statements” made by both the home minister and the prime minister — such as those stating they would not object to any demonstrations over the “Allah” issue — which he said had caused the series of attacks on churches nationwide.

“Or did he mean that in the future, the home minister would never impose a ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ like what happened in 2007?

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Jakim says ‘Allah’ ban must include Sabah and Sarawak


Taken from Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 16 — The Islamic Development Department (Jakim) maintains that Christians should not be allowed to use the word “Allah” and rejects the suggestion that the word could be used in East Malaysia while remaining banned on the peninsula.

Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz said there should not be two sets of laws and rules to deal with the “Allah” issue.

The federal government’s highest Islamic body joins Christian leaders who also rejected today the suggestion made by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz who claimed in an interview with East Malaysian newspapers yesterday that the federal government had agreed for the word to be used in Sabah and Sarawak.

Wan Mohamad from Jakim said that since there were already rules on the matter, the word “Allah” should not be used by churches anymore. “We must respect the decision of the Cabinet.

“If we follow the spirit of respecting laws there has already been a decision at national level so they should not use the word,” he said.

He said that if the word “Allah” was allowed for Christians in Sabah and Sarawak it would not solve any problems because of the migration and mobilisation of people from the two East Malaysian states to the peninsula.

“That does not solve matters…we are in a small country and we need standard laws and rules.

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Face to face with Nazri on “Allah” issue


The following is the exclusive Q&A by The Borneo Post team of Phyllis Wong, general operations manager of The Borneo Post, thesundaypost and Utusan Borneo, and Francis Chan, thesundaypost senior editor, with Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Law, Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on Thursday.

Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz  

Question: Datuk Seri, would you like to enlighten our readers on the issue of ‘Allah’?

Nazri: I want to tell you that when certain quarters says that the government is wrong to bring the matter to court, I want to say that it was not the government who brought the matter to court.

It was Pakiam (Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, Publisher of Herald).

He was the one to ask the court for a judicial review on the action taken by the Ministry of Home Affairs to ban the use of the word ‘Allah’.

For many reasons we are against the use of ‘Allah’ (by non-Muslims).

In the constitution there is an article which says that no other religions except Islam can be propagated among the Muslims or the Malay community. That is the article in the Act.

In order to give effect to that article, almost every state has an enactment that no religion is allowed to be propagated among the Muslim or Malay community, except Sabah and Sarawak, WP (Wilayah Persekutuan), Malacca and Penang, which do not have the law.

Among other things, it is interpreted that if you translate any religious books into Malay language, then that is seen as an act to propagate religions other than Islam to those who profess the Muslim faith.

This is in the enactment.

So, in the state of Selangor, it is the right of Sultan or any Muslim to insist the authorities to take any action against any group wanting to use ‘Allah’ as reference to their God.

In all these states it is against the law.

This is constitutional; we did not (simply) pick (it) up somewhere. That’s why you see, if you read the papers, the sultan of Selangor has given a decree to stop using the word ‘Allah’.

In all these states, legally, it’s against the law.

There is no question of any court of law allowing other religions to use the word ‘Allah’.

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January 15, 2010

Sabahans are fed-up, no more compromises — Ronnie Klassen


Taken from Malaysian Indsider

JAN 15 — The Federal Government has failed miserably in addressing the Allah issue and more seriously the arson attacks on churches and recently a Sikh temple.  Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein has said the situation was under control and the attacks were isolated incidents. How stupid does Hishammuddin thinks Malaysians are, eight Churches and a Sikh Temple vandalised, and he blatantly says it’s only isolated cases and under control?

Barisan Nasional component parties should now re-examine their position and their coalition status with Umno. The Christian Community of Malaysia are currently under siege by unscrupulous arsonists out to create disunity among peace loving Malaysians.

Is Clarence Bongkos Malakun a Christian?

The President of the Council of Justices of the Peace, Datuk Clarence Bongkos Malakun has urged Christians in Sabah to make a compromise for the sake of national peace.

He is urging Christians to drop the word “Allah” in Malay-language services and Malay-language Bibles. He said that though this has been the practice for so long in Sabah, for the sake of peace, Sabahan Christians should abandon it, as this has caused anger to a certain section of extremist Muslims in Malaysia.

It is so easy to call for compromise. Sabahans have compromised for too long on many things since the state merged with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia. We had to compromise on language, education, natural resources etc. Finally we have someone who is asking us to compromise on the way our Christians practice the religion.

I question the intention of Clarence Bongkos Malakun. Perhaps he thought it was noble of him but then it seems only noble to him. A local daily reported Malakun as saying “many fellow Christians would disagree and perhaps start to condemn me” but “if we are really true Christians, we should be forgiving, reasonable and peace loving people”. It is my honest belief that through this very statement he has already condemned himself. But allow me to ask him, “Do you in the first place have the Christian credibility to ask Sabahans to drop the word Allah?”

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January 13, 2010

Kenapa ‘Allah’ popular kepada penganut Kristian


Keputusan hakim Mahkamah Tinggi pada 31 Disember 2009 bahawa penerbitan Herald boleh terus menggunakan istilah Allah dalam penerbitan edisi Bahasa Malaysia telah mencetuskan pelbagai reaksi daripada beberapa pihak di seluruh negara.

Sesetengah daripada komen dan reaksi tersebut tidak membantu usaha pengukuhan perpaduan dan hubungan antara kaum di negara ini.

Sejurus selepas perkara ini dibawa ke mahkamah, saya telah menggesa semua pihak supaya menghormati dan memberikan sepenuhnya kebebasan kepada mahkamah untuk menjalankan tanggungjawabnya.

Saya percaya bahawa hakim Datuk Lau Bee Lian telah melihat segala aspek sejarah dan hak perlembagaan sebelum membuat keputusan tersebut.

Dari aspek sejarah, istilah Allah telah digunakan sejak sekian lama, yakni sebelum rakyat Sabah memutuskan untuk menubuhkan Malaysia bersama-sama dengan Tanah Melayu, Singapura dan Sarawak pada 1963.

Masyarakat Sabah telah menggunakan bahasa Melayu sesuai dengan statusnya sebagai lingua franca di rantau ini. Agama Kristian mulai bertapak di Sabah sejak 1881 dan terus berkembang selepas itu.

Bagi masyarakat bumiputera Kristian di Sabah seperti Kadazandusun dan Murut, upacara ibadat diadakan dalam tiga bahasa iaitu bahasa Inggeris, Melayu dan bahasa ibunda mereka.

Dalam upacara ibadat yang menggunakan bahasa Inggeris, istilah yang digunakan ialah God, manakala upacara ibadat dalam bahasa Melayu menggunakan istilah Allah dan upacara ibadat dalam bahasa ibunda, misalnya dalam bahasa Kadazandusun, menggunakan istilah ‘Kinoingan’.

Kebanyakan gereja di kawasan bandar menggunakan bahasa Inggeris, manakala bahasa Melayu dan bahasa ibunda digunakan dengan meluas di gereja-gereja di kawasan luar bandar di Sabah.

Pengiktirafan bahasa Melayu sebagai bahasa kebangsaan dan bahasa perantara dalam sistem pendidikan negara telah memperluaskan lagi pengaruh bahasa ini di kalangan masyarakat Sabah.

Generasi yang lahir selepas dasar ini dibuat lebih selesa menggunakan bahasa Melayu. Mereka juga lebih selesa menghadiri upacara-upacara ibadat yang diadakan dalam bahasa kebangsaan ini.

Generasi muda masyarakat bumiputera Kristian dari Sabah yang berhijrah ke Semenanjung sama ada untuk bekerja atau melanjutkan pelajaran turut meminta pihak gereja di sini supaya upacara ibadat dalam bahasa Melayu turut diadakan kerana mereka sudah serasi dengan penggunaan bahasa ini.

UPKO merasakan bahawa setiap anggota masyarakat diberikan kebebasan untuk terus menunaikan ibadat keagamaan mereka dalam keadaan yang tenang serta dapat menggunakan bahasa serta istilah-istilah yang mereka berasa selesa untuk menggunakannya sepanjang upacara ibadat tersebut.

Kenyataan media Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok, presiden UPKO dan menteri perusahaan perladangan dan komoditi.

Kes CD ‘Allah’ milik wanita Kristian 15 Mac


 Taken from  http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121737

Permohonan seorang wanita Kristian dari Sarawak yang mencabar tindakan Kementerian Dalam Negeri merampas lapan cakera padat mengenai ajaran Kristian yang mengandungi perkataan ‘Allah’ ditetapkan untuk sebutan pada 15 Mac ini.

Kes itu sepatutnya didengar hari ini di hadapan Datuk Mohamed Apandi Ali tetapi disebabkan beliau mempunyai perbicaraan kes lain, ia dipinda kepada sebutan bagi pengurusan kes.

 

 Tarikh itu ditetapkan di kamar Penolong Kanan Pendaftar Nik Mohd Fadli Nik Azlan dengan kehadiran peguam Annou Xavier (kiri) yang mewakili Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill dan Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Andi Razalijaya A Dadi yang mewakili defendan.

Pada 15 Mac nanti, defendan dikehendaki memfailkan afidavit jawapan.

Pada 20 Ogos 2008, Jill, 27, seorang kerani, memohon perintah certiriori bagi membatalkan keputusan kementerian itu merampas CD berkenaan, selain perintah mandamus bagi mengarahkan kementerian memulangkan CD itu kepadanya, dan perisytiharan bahawa dia berhak menyimpan, mengguna dan mengimport bahan penerbitan mengandungi perkataan ‘Allah’.

Wanita itu mengadu bahawa pada 11 Mei tahun lepas, kementerian merampas CD berkenaan daripadanya sebaik tiba di Terminal Penerbangan Tambang Murah di Sepang.

CD itu mempunyai tajuk seperti ‘Cara Menggunakan Kunci Kerajaan Allah’, ‘Cara Hidup Dalam Kerajaan Allah’ dan ‘Ibadah Yang Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah’ dibawa masuk dari Indonesia.

It all has been CLEARLY STIPULATED in this Article!!!

Article 11

Though Islam is the religion of the Federation, Article 11 provides that every person has the right to profess and practice his own religion. Every person has the right to propagate his religion, but state law and, in respect of the Federal Territory, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religion, doctrine or belief among persons professing the Muslim religion. There is, however, freedom to carry on missionary work among non-Muslims.

Polis: Gereja rosak di Miri angkara budak nakal


Taken from MalaysiaKini

Polis yakin kejadian membaling batu di gereja Good Shepherd Lutong Miri Ahad lalu merupakan perbuatan budak-budak nakal yang
mahu mengambil kesempatan isu penggunaan kalimah Allah dalam majalah mingguan terbitan gereja Katholik, Herald baru-baru ini.

Pesuruhjaya Polis Sarawak Datuk Mohmad Salleh berkata selepas kejadian di Miri, setakat ini polis Sarawak tidak ada menerima sebarang laporan kes lanjutan dan keadaan di negeri ini masih lagi terkawal.

NONE“Ini kerja budak-budak nakal dan kita yakin ia bukanlah tindakan pihak ekstremis agama,” katanya kepada pemberita selepas majlis perhimpunan bulanan polis kontinjen Sarawak di Kuching hari ini.

Beliau berkata polis ketika ini sedang mengumpul maklumat lanjut kejadian yang dipercayai berlaku awal pagi Ahad itu dan berharap orang ramai bersabar serta tidak mengambil tindakan sendiri.

Katanya, semua pegawainya di peringkat daerah telahpun diarahkan untuk berhubung dengan pihak-pihak rumah ibadat selain perlu meninggalkan nombor telefon masing-masing kepada pihak berkenaan agar tindakan segera dapat diambil jika ada kejadian yang sama berulang.

Katanya, anggotanya juga meneruskan pemantauan di semua kawasan rumah ibadat dan tidak hanya tertumpu kepada kawasan gereja.

“Rondaan kita tingkatkan dari semasa ke semasa bukan sahaja di kawasan yang mempunyai gereja, malah juga rumah ibadat lain seperti masjid,” katanya.

Mohmad berkata kes tersebut kini disiasat bawah Seksyen 295 Kanun Keseksaan iaitu sengaja mendatangkan bencana kepada rumah ibadat.

1.I still believe that the true UNITY in DIVERSITY is here in Sarawak

2.We have been living together for an ages before with GREAT TOLERANCE and MUTUAL RESPECT with each other

3.There is no such things as Racial Sentiment here in Sarawak as we were all STRIVE to PROGRESS together regardless who you are

4.We are all Peace Lover and Chaos Lover

5.There is no reason at all for us Sarawakians to FIGHT with each other as a matter of fact,we have been like Brothers and Sisters since the days of our Ancestors

6.We condemn INDIVIDUALs who has done this to us and not the MUSLIMS at whole

Ps:We Sarawakians DO NOT NEED this EXTREMISM ACT in our Land..We are Peace Lovers.We DO NOT NEED the so called 1Malaysia Concept as we have been living the 1Sarawak for a long time ago…..

January 12, 2010

Jamil: Gereja wajar gugurkan ‘Allah’


Taken from MalaysiaKini

Seorang menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri berkata pemimpin-pemimpin gereja di negara ini wajar mengambil pendekatan sama dengan seorang tokoh Kristian di Sabah yang meminta masyarakat Kristian di Malaysia menggugurkan tuntutan penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’.

Datuk Jamil Khir Baharom berkata pendekatan sedemikian boleh memberikan ruang bagi meningkatkan kerukunan dan keselamatan negara serta meredakan ketegangan yang timbul berikutan tuntutan penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ oleh Gereja Roman Katolik dalam penerbitan mingguannya, Herald.

“Saya amat mengalu-alukan supaya pihak ini mempunyai kesedaran dan tanggungjawab terhadap keselamatan negara dan keamanan di Malaysia.

“Saya rasa gereja lain juga sewajarnya memahami keadaan dan sejarah (mengenai penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ di negara ini) secara mendalam,” katanya kepada pemberita ketika diminta mengulas mengenai perkara itu di Putrajaya hari ini.

Akhbar hari ini melaporkan seorang tokoh Kristian Sabah, Datuk Clarence Bongkos Malakun menyarankan agar Herald menarik balik tuntutan itu demi keharmonian dan keselamatan negara.

Presiden Majlis Jaksa Pendamai Malaysia itu, yang juga timbalan presiden Persatuan Kebudayaan Kadazandusun Sabah, berkata penganut Kristian di Malaysia tidak wajar mencontohi masyarakat Kristian di Indonesia yang menggunakan kalimah ‘Allah’ dalam urusan agama mereka, sebaliknya harus mematuhi perlembagaan Malaysia.

Ditanya mengenai insiden membakar gereja di beberapa tempat sejak dua hari lepas, Jamil Khir berkata sesiapa pun tidak wajar melakukan perbuatan ini.

“Kita masih tak tahu siapa yang bertanggungjawab tapi sebenarnya kita tak boleh menyakiti antara satu sama lain dan ini adalah ajaran dan tegasan agama Islam,” katanya.

Beliau berkata dialog-dialog antara agama juga akan diteruskan dan diperhebatkan dari semasa ke semasa supaya rakyat di negara ini akan lebih memahami agama kaum lain.

1.Deep in my heart,it would be the best that we  just let it go for the sake of Peace and Stability in our beloved country

 2.The other side of me saying that we must FIGHT for it.Not because of HATRED but a matter of our RIGHT

3.We need to Respect each other but it should be in TWO WAY and not one sided.It must be MUTUAL RESPECT

 4.It has been clearly stipulated in the Federal Constitution Article 11 that Non Muslim were not allowed to Propagate their Belief to Muslims.In this case,their RIGHTS has been Safeguard by the Constitution itself

 5.We have been using the word for an ages before but why only now we it became an issue?

 6.Saying that ALLAH is EXCLUSIVELY for ISLAM is very wrong.It was clearly written in their Holy Quran and also Sunnah Nabi that all Abrahamic Faith were allowed to use the word ALLAH

7.It was some sort of DEVIATION from their ISLAMIC teaching if we were porhibited to use the word

8.We have been SACRIFICE and BEING SACRIFICE in the past,we cant afford to be supressed,opressed and depressed by them anymore

9.We could just let it go this time arround,but in the FUTURE?
Maybe we were prohibit to use the words Allah Taalla and Amin after this

10.Do you all aware that there is Holy Quran in Iban Language being published now?

11.Allah is actually originated from a Pagan God in Mecca.Long before the days of Christianity and ISLAM

12.During Nabi Muhhamad days,he has never prohibit the Christians,Jews and even Pagan to use this words

13.In Egypt,Christians were using the exact word in their daily prayer and sermon.Same goes to in Indonesia which is the world most populous Muslims Nation with more MultiRacial and Multireligion than here in Malaysia

14.Does it makes them less ISLAMIC if we were allowed to use this word?

15.Are they were more ISLAMIC than the MUSLIMS in the EGYPT or SAUDI ARABIA which implement the HUDUD LAW as a matter of fact,it was not practice here?

16.Once our Bible in Iban Language has been banned before and recently Bible in Bahasa Malaysia for the same reason

17.Perhaps they didnt realise that this issue might be between ISLAM vs CHRISTIAN in west Malaysia but what about in Sabah and Sarawak whereby the Christians were MAJORITY DAYAKS? 

18.Did they realise this can cause Racial Tension in Sabah and Sarawak?

January 11, 2010

Erti dan kesan isu ‘Allah’ dalam politik Sarawak


 

Taken from  MalaysiaKini

Baru-baru ini timbul lagi isu penggunaan perkataan Allah oleh sesetengah masyarakat Kristian yang menutur Bahasa Malaysia sebagai bahasa pengantar sesama sendiri.

Sebenarnya kontroversi perkataan Allah ini sejak dulu lagi, tetapi oleh kerana penggunaan Internet yang lebih canggih dan masyarakat yang kian berilmu, maka perdebatan ini dianggap sesuatu yang baharu.

Yang penting kita fahami, apabila sesuatu bahasa digunakan untuk satu jangka masa yang lama, susah untuk golongan yang menggunakannya bertukar yang mendadak.

Jadi setuju atau tidak dengan penggunaan ‘Allah’, pertukaran mendadak memang tidak mungkin berlaku, kerana inilah hakikat pembentukan bahasa.

Tetapi isu ini tidak saya akan bincangkan, kerana lebih ramai lagi yang arif dan bijaksana tentang isu ini. Isu yang saya akan bincangkan, reaksi masyarakat Sarawak dari segi politik.

Keinginan untuk mengarang esei ini timbul apabila saya membaca komen-komen pembaca di laman-laman web berita. Ada yang bertanya sama ada isu ini boleh menukar persepsi politik masyarakat Sabah dan Sarawak terhadap pemerintahan kerajaan BN.

Memang semenjak tahun 2008 lagi, ramai di Semenanjung Malaysia yang menyokong Pakatan Rakyat bertanya-tanyakan apa yang akan menyebabkan masyarakat Malaysia Timur menyokong Pakatan Rakyat, terutamanya Sarawak yang memegang banyak kerusi.

Suka atau tidak, strategi kemenangan Pakatan Rakyat bergantung kuat pada negeri Sabah dan Sarawak.

Saya tidak dapat bercakap banyak tentang Sabah, yang dari dahulunya lebih radikal daripada Sarawak dari segi pandangan politik.

Saya memberikan perspektif dalam artikel ini sebagai seorang yang beridentitikan anak Sarawak, bangsa Malaysia, tinggal di Kuala Lumpur.

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