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Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 6:13:00 PM
Monday October 21, 2013 MYT 6:52:29 PM
by muguntan vanar
KOTA KINABALU: Christians in Sabah and Sarawak can continue using the word Allah in their worship as the federal government will honour its 10-point solution made in 2011.
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Monday that the churches in the two east Malaysian states could continue using the word and urged all groups not to politicise the issue as they were playing with fire that could eventually burn them.
Speaking at the 28th congress of Parti Bersatu Sabah led by Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, he stressed that the Court of Appeal decision upholding the Home Ministry’s ban on the use of the Allah did not
affect the Christians of Sabah and Sarawak.
(Under the 10-point solution announced in 2011 by Datuk Idris Jala, it was agreed that Bibles in all languages can be imported into the country, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia and the Bibles can also
be printed locally in peninsula Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. Among others, Bibles in indigenous languages of Sabah and Sarawak such as Iban, Kadazandusun and Lun Bawang could be printed locally and imported)
Najib said that people in Sabah and Sarawak should not feel threatened as whatever they have been practising, so far, they could continue doing so without any restriction.
The Prime Minister also said that there was always a solution to any problem so that the country’s harmony was maintained through good relations between all races and religious beliefs.
``When we have a problem, we have to solve it.
``It is not difficult to achieve solutions to any problems. You do not
have to know rocket science to find a formula for harmony. The
solution is just rational thinking,
`` Muslims should not hurt the feelings of the non-Muslims and
non-Muslims should not hurt the feelings of Muslim,’’ he said, stressing that Malaysian of all races and religious beliefs must help
preserve the unity in the diversity of the people.
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