GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng (pic) is ready to meet with state mufti Datuk Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor in connection with the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims in the state.
Lim said meeting the state mufti was not an issue and he was ready to discuss the existing law (State Islamic Administration Enactment 2004).
"I am willing to meet (the mufti) and we can also say that this is in accordance with the law," he told reporters here Monday.
Last Saturday, the Penang mufti had said he wanted to meet the Chief Minister to provide an explanation on the use of the word "Allah" to non-Muslims in the state.
According to Wan Salim, the state Fatwa Council had gazetted the word "Allah" as well as 40 other Islam-related words that could not be used by non-Muslims in Penang.
Lim reportedly said that the prohibition on the use of the word "Allah" in the enactment was not applicable to and could not be enforced on non-Muslims.
However, Wan Salim reportedly said that once it was gazetted by the Fatwa Council, the enactment appliedto non-Muslims as well, as it had received the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Meanwhile, Lim reiterated his regret that there were those who opposed him on the issue of the word "Allah" as he claimed that the MCA had raised the issue by challenging the state government to abolish the enactment so that Christians in the state could use the word.
"Umno should lodge a (police) report against MCA, which is asking to repeal the Penang State Islamic Religious Administration Enactment 2004. Why do I get the blame when they ask for it to be repealed?" he said. - Bernama
Did you find this article insightful?