PETALING JAYA: The Government has been called to uphold the 10-point solution to resolve the issue on the use of the word Allah, said the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM).
“The 10-point solution, which was announced by the Government in April 2011, should have resolved the use of Bahasa Malaysia and the term Allah in the al-Kitab – the bible in Bahasa Malaysia,” said its chairman Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng in a statement yesterday.
Under the 10-point solution announced by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Idris Jala, bibles in all languages can be imported into the country, including those in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia, and the bibles can also be printed locally in the peninsula, Sabah and Sarawak.
Dr Eu also expressed concern over the escalating acts of tension created by certain groups over the issue.
“We stand firm and united in understanding the principles of freedom of religion and equal protection of the law, both of which are guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. We look to the courts to protect, preserve and defend these cherished principles,” he added.
Dr Eu said among the incidents were the threats of a demonstration against Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of the Herald, the demonstrations near Shekinah Glory Church, Klang and outside Metro Tabernacle Church in Gombak.
In Shah Alam, Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said the state government will uphold the Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s decree on the prohibition of the usage of the term Allah by non-Muslims.
He said an enactment to that effect was already in existence since 1988.
“The enactment is still there, and as administrators of the enactment, we will adhere to it,” he said yesterday.
However, Khalid said the Selangor Government had approached the Home Ministry on the issue of the seizure of Malay language bibles from the Bible Society of Malaysia by Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais).
He added that the state government sought to clarify if the bibles could be legally kept in Selangor. Jais had seized more than 300 copies of Malay and Iban language bibles from the society’s premises during a raid recently.
When asked if the state government would embrace the Federal Government’s 10-point solution, Khalid said it was not necessary to do so as some points contradicted with the state enactment on religious matters.