Sunday, March 15, 2009

Tunku Aziz urged feds to rethink Allah ban

DAP National Vice Chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim had urged the federal government to rethink its insistence on banning Christians from using the word “Allah” in the religious service before the high court confirm its ruling.

The minister in the prime minister’s department Datuk Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had been reported earlier as saying that he wanted all states without a ruler like Penang, Melaka, Federal Territories, Sabah and Sarawak to follow the gazette ban on the word “Allah” for non-Muslim publications.

As such, it is very unfair for Zahid to force all those states to gazette the ban without taking into account of the court’s judgment.

It is very clear that Zahid and the rest of the Umno leaders are using this sensitive issue simply to fight for positions in their party elections which is due to be held at the end of this month.

The home minister Datuk Syed Hamid Albar had issued a gazette on last 16 February allowing the use of the word “Allah” in non-Muslim publications, only to reverse his decision later, reasoning that it was an error.

Tunku Aziz also mentioned that what is important is to accept the reality that Malaysia is a country where we share our lives and nobody has the right to portray himself as superior to another.

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