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Resolve 'Allah' issue by upholding 10-pt agreement, M'sian govt urged
Publication Date : 08-01-2014
Amid tensions in Malaysia over the issue of non-Muslims using the word “Allah”, groups are calling for peace and for the government to honour the Cabinet’s 10-point solution.
Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism president Sardar Jagir Singh said the only way to resolve the issue was to honour the 10-point solution.
“All places of worship should be off-limits to the interference of other (non-related) religions.
“There are places to hold demonstrations, it must never be done at a place of worship,” he said Tuesday.
The Malaysian federal government, prior to the 2011 Sarawak elections, had reportedly issued a 10-point solution to allow Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use “Allah” in the Malay version of the Bible. Last Thursday, Selangor Islamic Religious Depart-ment (Jais) enforcement officers seized 350 copies of Christian publications from the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia here, leading to protests against the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had also called for dialogue and engagement based on the rule of law for the issue to be handled in a more mature and calm manner.
Global Movement of Moderates (GMM) chief executive officer Saifuddin Abdullah said it was best that the issue was resolved out of court.
“It is important that the government upholds the 10-point solution, but we cannot uphold it if the issue is dragged to court again and again,” he said.
Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Dr Maximus Ongkili said the issue must be resolved through consultative meetings.
“We have to sit down together in the spirit of moderation and resolve this,” he said.