The “Allah” stand…

audie61 have been receiving many questions on where we stand on the “banning of usage of Allah on the Catholic Newspaper Herald”. We stayed focussed and did not want to be caught in a “hail of bullets” and we know that there given the appropriate time the Chief Minister would make his stand.

He did that also during the 2010 Barisan Nasional Convention in Kuala Lumpur where he spoke,”When I travel to the longhouses, I’d just look for a Muslim cook from the city and they (the longhouse folks) would buy the food and even buy praying mats for me to pray in one of their rooms.

I was privileged to hear from 2 Menteri Besars from the Peninsula who said,”CM Taib speaks the truth and they were impressed with his words on religious tolerance in Sarawak.”

That was the day which made me saluted CM Taib for his “no nonsence approach to people who thinks they can use religion to gain political mileage especially when it comes to Sarawak”

Today we extract this from the internet portal and this is no different from 2010 which we heard at MCA’s hall,” The Allah issue between Muslims and Christians in Peninsular Malaysia does not affect Sarawakians because they are a tolerant people, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud.

To us (people in Sarawak) there is no issue. We have lived with people of different races and different religions for many decades, even before Malaysia,” Taib said in his first public statement on the issue since the Court of Appeal ruled last Monday that the word Allah could not be used by the Catholic weekly, Herald.

Taib declared the ruling was not binding on Sabah and Sarawak.

 

“We cannot alter the status quo in Sarawak,” Taib said when asked about Sarawak’s stand after Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak opened the Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) convention today.

Taib said the use of the word was not a problem in the state as the “spirit of tolerance” among Sarawakians is high, one of the features of multi-racial Sarawak which made it a bedrock of stability and harmony.

“When I travel to the longhouses, I’d just look for a Muslim cook from the city and they (the longhouse folks) would buy the food and even buy praying mats for me to pray in one of their rooms.

“This is quite natural with us in dealing with people of different religions.

“I myself came from a mission school and it never bothered me when other people made the sign of the cross,” he said, referring to a Christian practice.

“It’s because it’s their religion, expressing their respect for the Almighty. I can understand it.”

Taib said he would bow and offer his own prayers the Muslim way when his Christian friends made the sign of the cross in their prayers.

“The Chinese would probably do it their way. The intention is the same.

“It’s all praying to the superior being which we believe is the Creator of this world.”

“It’s this kind of spirit we have in Sarawak,” Taib said, stressing again that it is not the thorny issue that is in the peninsula.

“The Ibans, the Malays, the Chinese have shown their respect for other religions and cultures even before Malaysia.

“When we came to Malaysia, we carried this with us and it has become one of the features of Sarawak.”

In 2010, Taib had also spoken out against an attempt to curb Bahasa Malaysia bibles from being freely brought into the state.

He described the order to stamp the Bahasa Malaysia bibles with serial numbers by the Home Ministry as a “stupid idea” that should not be applied to Sarawak.

He had also called the strictures on the Al-Kitab nonsense.

Yesterday, Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail reiterated the Court of Appeal decision was confined to the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Herald.

He said the court held that the Al-Kitab and the Herald are two publications of an entirely different character.

“The Al-Kitab is the Malay version of the Bible and meant for Christians and used in churches whereas the Herald is a newspaper which is also accessible online and can be read by Muslims and non-Muslims.”

Abdul Gani added that the court stated the permission given by the home minister for the printing and publication of the Al-Kitab, in which the word Allah appears, therefore cannot be treated in the same manner as with the Herald. – October 21, 2013.

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16 thoughts on “The “Allah” stand…

  1. Laws remain laws,it carries the same weightage and apply equally to all sector of society in any nations.
    Allah ruling actually applies to all,Christians, there is not different between East and West.Will the govt say drug traffickers will face lighter punishment in Borneo states than those in Peninsula.?

  2. Khas untuk dikongsi semua, adalah sangat terkejut didapati Hanya seorang kakitangan berbangsa cina dari jumlah hampir 500 dalam ” 1 Jabatan Perdana Menteri ” di Putrajaya.1 Msia ?,2 Msia ? or 3 Msia ?

  3. Effective 1, April 2015,Ah Pek,Ah Mu, Pak Cik,Mak Cik of Kampungs will too have to pay taxes,GST for every sen they spend besides basic food and other selected services that are exempted.
    An effective system of taxation to dig your pockets deeper.Tahniah kpd Harddie BN Supporters.

    • Special allocation for various communities:,Bumiputras 300 million and 100 million for Indians as token of appreciation for supporting BN during last GE.
      Chinese severely punished till bones for siding opposition receives RM 0000 sen.
      Thank to 1BN, Superficial and Vague 1 Malaysia which has been blindly followed by BN stooges.
      What say you SUPP<MCA<Gerakan ?.
      Dont you know that 90 % of tax come from Chinese community.
      You Bayar Saya Belanja, Memang Selesa dan Seronok Cara Hidup Di Negara Sendiri, 1 Bumi Malaysia !!!!!!!

  4. Michael Manyin mimpi siang hari,
    Beliau berharap kerajaan persekutuan akan memperuntukan sebanyak RM 400 million untuk pembinaan jalan dari Kapit ke Kanowit tak menjadi kenyataan.Hebat cakap beliau masa kempen PRU 13 dulu,Plan sudah siap dan hanya peruntukan dari kerajaan saja,Najib sangat perihatin kepada sarawak sebab deposit tetap BN, Jangan risau ornag Kapit terutmanya Ibans Jalan akan siap dlam tempoh 3-5 tahun lagi.

    • Masing is trying to misled rural Kapit Ibans with the RM 500 million allocated for Pan Borneo Highway upgrading under Budget 2014 with the RM 500 million as promised by BN for Kapit -Kanowit Road which actually is not listed at all.Orang Ulu senang ditipu,Ya Ya Tuai Rumah

  5. Najib BN uphold 5 principle of Moderation,progressiveness,centrist,inclusive and fair to champion the interests of people.The whole world know he is not doing as he says.Budget 2014 Indians RM 100 million for social and education development,Bumiputras RM 500 Million for economics upgrading.Chinese as Master of Taxpayers, RM 0000, 1 Malaysia ???

  6. Next year Nobel Prize winner will go to PM or DPM with their new inventions and creations.
    ” Hike in sugar price can curb diabetes and increase Libodo,sexual life.”
    Tell rakyat frankly that nation coffer is dry and govt is desperate for money.
    Dont show your stupidity to test intelligence of people nowadays.
    Gone are the days when govt knows the best has long over.

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