Home > News > Nation
Sunday January 5, 2014 MYT 12:57:00 PM
Sunday January 5, 2014 MYT 6:09:49 PM
by suganya lingan
Klang Muslim Solidarity Secretariat staged a peaceful protest at Sultan Suleiman Stadium in Klang.- By RAJA FAISAL HISHAN/The Star
KLANG: A coalition of Muslim non-governmental organisations, Klang Muslim Solidarity Secretariat, gathered at the Sultan Sulaiman Stadium on Sunday to protest the use of the word "Allah" by Christians.
The coalition was protesting a statement allegedly made by Catholic priest and editor of The Herald weekly Father Lawrence Andrew, who 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.
Kapar Umno division deputy chief Datuk Saroni Judi said Sunday that Father Lawrence must apologise or face a “mega-demonstration” displaying their dissatisfaction.
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.
"This is us Muslims giving our support to Jais to conduct raids and uphold the law against churches so that the latter complies with state laws," Saroni said.
Meanwhile, Muslim NGO Jati secretary general Norman Toha said that the group was there in peace.
"This is not war against Christians, it is only against Lawrence.
"He should apologise for his statement and when he does, I will meet him personally and shake his hand and peace," he said.
The group will send a fax to Father Lawrence to make clear their views and demands.
A member of the public, Hushim Salleh, who was at the protest to show his support for solidarity group's cause said that the use of the word "Allah" by the Christians was a subtle way to convert Muslims to Christianity.
"I'm a counsellor, trust me, this is a subtle way of confusing the Muslims," he said.
Muslim lawyers can still play useful role
Converging to build dreams
The force is with him
Peace looms on the horizon
PAS will leave coalition if collaboration tainted, says spiritual adviser
Hadi slams 'brokers and pimp'
Reel women, real Malaysians
'Dog in washing machine' video leads to arrest of two men
When the music stops
Lam Thye: Radical voices are being amplified beyond acceptable norms
Promoting human rights through businesses
Tropical storm Fung-Wong lashes Taiwan
Williams improve rapidly to get into the mix
Hit 'Just Dance' game goes mobile Sept 25
Copyright © 1995-2014 Star Publications (M) Bhd (Co No 10894-D)