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Published: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 1:34:00 PM
Updated: Saturday January 4, 2014 MYT 2:47:30 PM

Allah issue: Noh Omar confirms no protests by Selangor Umno at churches

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Umno will not be taking part in protests at churches over a statement by a Catholic priest that churches would continue using the word Allah in reference to God in their mass, said its liaison chief Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

Noh, instead, urged the police to take stern action against those who do not adhere to the law.

"We do not support anyone who take part in protests in front places of worships as we, Selangor Umno, is only dissatisfied with Father Lawrence Andrew," Noh told a press conference.

Father Lawrence, editor of The Herald weekly, had reportedly said that churches in Selangor would continue to use the word 'Allah' in reference to God in their weekend services.

His remark sparked protests from several Muslim non-governmental bodies, including Selangor Umno members.

The issue came to the fore after the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) officers raided and seized 351 copies of Bahasa Malaysia and Iban language versions of the Bible which contained the word 'Allah' from the Bible Society of Malaysia on Thursday.

Jais had earlier reminded all churches in Selangor to comply with the prohibition on the use of the word 'Allah' as provided for under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

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