MIRI – (This article was publish on the 10th March but due to technical error was missing, republish again, Happy reading)
Sarawak will not gazette the prohibition on the use of the word `Allah’ in Christian publications hastily, Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman said on Mar 9. According to him, the state is approaching the controversial issue in a manner different from that in Peninsular Malaysia. He added that Sarawak was mindful of the state’s multi-ethnic and multi-religious population, adding that incidences of mixed marriages were high in the state. “The people here are living in peace and harmony and we have to look into various aspects before issuing any `fatwa’ or edict on the matter,” he said when contacted. “We will study further the issue and any action taken will be in the interest of all races.” The assistant minister said the usage of the word `Allah’ in Bahasa Indonesia for instance by the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) in Sarawak has been on since more than 50 years ago and it did not confuse the Muslims in the state.
MS : Sarawak is, like Sabah to the north, a multicultural state, with no ethnic majority. The majority of Sarawak’s people are non-Muslim; there are over 30 ethnic (non-Malay) indigenous/natives groups in Sarawak.
Four More States To Gazette On Use Of Word ‘Allah’ Sabah to also gazette use of word ‘Allah’
KUALA LUMPUR, March 9 (Bernama) — Four states which have not gazetted the prohibition on the use of the words, “Allah”, “Solat”, “Kaabah” and “Baitullah”, in any non-Muslim publication in the country, will do so soon.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the gazetting would be made in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Conference of Malay Rulers as the four states, Penang, Federal Territory, Sabah and Sarawak did not have a sultan or royal ruler.
Will Sarawak Government be againts the instructions of Dr. Zahid Hamidi and YDP Agong?