Damansara Utama’s state assemblyman and two fellow DAP Selangor state assemblymen stated their stance in the current ‘Kalimah Allah’ issue. Naming JAIS extremist, they summoned other Selangor state assemblymen to wake up and to stand up for the rights of Christians and ammend an Enactment that protects Islam, which (as The Malaysian Insider clearly and repeatedly writes) was created during UMNO/BN governed Selangor.
It (the enactment) should not be used to restrict anyone from practising and professing their own religion in their preferred language,”
“As such this section should be amended to ensure that extreme groups will not act against persons of other faiths at their own convenience.
“The enactment must be consistent with the Federal Constitution which states under Article 11(4) that ‘State law and in respect of the Federal Territories of Kuala Lumpur and Labuan, federal law may control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam’, but does not allow for curtailing the rights of non-Muslims in the manner which they practice their own faith,”
“We must not let the extremists to dictate the state and national agenda to the extent that the minorities are victimised unjustly,
-Yeo Bee Yin, Rajiv Rishyakaran and Lau Weng San as quoted by The Malaysian Insider
But why exactly are they so unhappy until they branded JAIS as extremist? What has JAIS done to qualify them for that title?
The Sultan of Selangor, Muslims scholars, lots of UMNO leaders, very few PAS leaders and most Muslims non-governmental organisations have repeatedly warned the Christians to respect the laws of the land and to stop using the word ‘Allah’ as the Malay translation for the Christian’s god. And the Sultan of Selangor have given a stern warning that the word ‘Allah’ is exclusively for the Muslims.
So why are they so stubborn? If they want to translate their bibles to the Malay language, then use the word ‘tuhan’ because ‘Allah’ is not a Malay word and therefore, it does not exist in the Malay language.
So now, SIAPA yang sebenarnya EKSTREMIS? JAIS who are doing their jobs to protect Islam or the evangelists and a fraction of confused Muslims who do not want to obey the Sultan’s and the court’s orders, breaking the law, refuse to listen to reasons and dare not open a ‘dwibahasa dictionary’ because they know for sure that the word god in Malay is ‘tuhan’ and not Allah? So, SIAPA sebenarnya EKSTREMIS? The ones who obey the rules or the ones who break them?