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Published: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday January 3, 2014 MYT 10:25:10 AM

Muhyiddin: Selangor Umno acted on its own in protest call

KUALA LUMPUR: Selangor Umno acted on its own in calling for protests over a Catholic priest’s remarks that churches in the state would use the word “Allah” in reference to God, said Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

This was based on the state’s laws and the decree issued by the Sultan on the matter, he told reporters after visiting SJK (C) Chung Hwa on the first day of the new school year yesterday.

Muhyiddin was asked to comment on a statement by Selangor Umno that it would stage protests at churches in Selangor if the priest, Father Lawrence Andrew, did not retract his statement and issue an open apology to Muslims by Saturday, as reported by Bernama.

Father Lawrence, the editor of the Catholic weekly, The Herald, was reported by a news portal last Friday as saying that Catholic churches in Selangor would continue using the word “Allah” in their weekend mass.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah of Selangor had decreed on Dec 14 that all citizens in Selangor must abide by the prohibition on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims as provided for under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

Meanwhile, South Klang OCPD Asst Comm Kamarul Zamat Mamat said police would be present to prevent any untoward incidents should a planned rally take place at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang.

A group, Klang Muslims Solidarity Secretariat, had said that it would hold a demonstration at the church over Father Lawrence’s remark.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan said police had received several reports from political and non-governmental organisations regarding the matter.

“We will investigate any report lodged on the issue and bring in those related to the case to assist in investigations,” he said.

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