PETALING JAYA: Malaysian Christians can still use the word “Allah” in church, said the Prime Minister’s Office in response to the Federal Court decision on Monday barring the use of the word by the Herald.
It said in a statement that the Government is committed to the 10-point Cabinet solution aimed at addressing differences in opinion among Muslims and Christians.
It called on all parties to respect and abide by the apex court’s decision and said it was only applicable to the Herald.
“Malaysia is a multi-faith country and it is important that we manage our differences peacefully, in accordance with the rule of law and through dialogue, mutual respect and compromise,” it said.
The Government, it said, respects the court decision and called on all parties to also respect and abide by it.
On Monday, the Federal Court, in a 4-3 majority decision, rejected the Catholic Church’s bid to get leave to challenge the Home Ministry’s ban on the use of the word.
In Kuching, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said the 10-point solution for Sarawak and Sabah on the “Allah” issue remained intact.
The Deputy Prime Minister said the solution made in 2011 was still in effect, adding that the court ruling had not changed its validity.
“The court made a decision. I don’t need to repeat the decision, and the Prime Minister has issued a statement, in which we have said we respect the court’s decision although we also acknowledge this is a difficult and sensitive situation,” he said.
“We want to take into account the importance, the rights of all religions and races.”
For Sarawak and Sabah, he added that the 10-point solution was the “best way forward”, because it took into consideration the historical perspective and the differences between the peninsula and the states in Borneo.