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Thursday January 7, 2010

The word Allah present in Selangor anthem, says Khalid

SHAH ALAM: The word “Allah” is present in the Selangor anthem titled Duli Yang Maha Mulia and the rakyat of all races sing it, said Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.

The word was an accepted general term for God in this context, he added.

Khalid explained that if “Allah” was used to describe God as a form of common understanding, there was nothing wrong in it.

However, he warned that the word must not be misused and action must be taken when it happens.

“For example, if the word Allah is written on an idol, then we must take action but this has never happened,” Khalid told a press conference after chairing the weekly executive council meeting here yesterday.

The mentri besar added that the police must be strict in not allowing street demonstrations in the state over this matter.

“The Selangor CPO (Deputy Comm Datuk Khalid Abu Bakar) is against protests on the streets.

“He and I accept the fact that if anyone wants to protest, they can do it inside a stadium,” said Khalid.

He was responding to a question about possible demonstrations taking place in the state over a court decision allowing the usage of the term “Allah” by the Catholic weekly Herald.

Khalid said the state executive council had reached a consensus on the matter and any wrong usage of the term would see the state taking action.

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