Saturday, December 22, 2007

Allah And Catholic Herald Weekly Permit Issue: PM Must Make His Stand In The National Interest, Says Aliran

Aliran is flabbergasted that the usage of a single word ‘Allah’ could be the basis for the denial of a fundamental right guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. The Catholic Herald Weekly has been warned it could lose its publication permit over its use of the term in its Malay-language section.

Malaysians are truly dumbfounded that the use of a single, widely used term to refer to the Almighty could be used to deny a basic right – the freedom to publish.

The term ‘Allah’ has been used for centuries without any problem or confusion. It has been the common term used by Muslims and Christians alike in the Arab world to refer to God

It has also been widely used in Malaysia to refer to the Almighty. There was no problem, no confusion and nobody got upset by this common term of reference. Deputy Internal Security Minister Johari Baharum’s sudden claim to exclusivity for the usage of the word thus does not make sense.

Languages are the common heritage of humanity. Because of this, the various languages developed and grew rich in expression. They absorbed words and expressions from one another and, in the process, languages became expressive, expanded and spread across the world.

Our own Bahasa Malaysia is littered with numerous words absorbed from many foreign languages. We have even stopped using existing words in preference to newly coined terms to reflect modernity and the scientific world. If foreign countries were to claim exclusivity for all these terms, what would become of Bahasa Malaysia?

Aliran also understands that the line, “Ya Allah Yang Maha Kuasa...” forms part of the Pahang state anthem. Does that mean that non-Muslims should not sing the Pahang state anthem? Johari must state his stand in this matter.

In the meantime, Malaysians wait with bated breath for the Prime Minister, who has been preaching tolerance and promoting Islam Hadhari, to clarify this matter and state his stand. Specifically, Malaysians would want to know whether he shares Johari’s stand. (Source -

***** Sometimes I feel sorry for Pak Lah. He goes out of his way in preaching tolerance, the spirit of give-and-take and the importance of national unity, etc. and just when he probably feels that he has succeeded in convincing the sceptics, BANG, he gets blitzed by one of the nincompoops he surrounds himself with. Take this guy
Johari Baharum for instance. He must be a monumental fool for having openly brought up this trivial issue. By his lack of theological as well as general knowledge and with the sole selfish intention of endearing himself to the Muslim masses, he has directly placed the government in a tight spot, a lose-lose situation.

At a time when inter-ethnic unity is on a tailspin, the last thing we need is an idiot to stir the shit with his stupidity. Johari Baharum is not only a dunce, he looks like one too. The PM should sack him at the earliest before he invites more problems for the country.

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Blogger bayi said...

Our gomen's policy - Where there is no problem, stir up some shit!

9:51 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, PM may just telu that UMNO made "Allah", so, don't argue or no permit.

This "Allah" is not the One we know of, it's made in Malaysia by UMNOputras, man!!

4:29 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So much for the so-called "tolerence" in Malaysia!

4:32 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world is full of stupid people and Johari is one of them.

7:47 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear Members of this Forum

Allah is a word that Bahasa Melayu has adopted from Arabic. Despite the fact that Malaysia is a Muslim country, Malaysia refused to embrace Arabic as one of its official languages.

Therefore, no Malaysian authority has the right to determine/restrict the usage of any word that is purely Arabic in origin. That right belongs to the Arab League and its 22 member countries.

I would suggest that a request be made to Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka to state that ALLAH is Arabic in origin. Give them two weeks to respond failing which we can get the Arab League to issue a statement that ALLAH is an Arabic word. That statement from the Arab League will end all these stupidity gushing from idiots at UMNO.

All Malays please remember this - embracing Islam and being a Muslim does not make you a native speaker of the Arabic Language. Likewise, not all native speakers of the Arabic language are Muslims - there are Christians, Druzes and Jews amongst us.

The word ALLAH had been in existence before Islam. So, do not forget that ALLAH in English is simply God. If you insist that ALLAH is a Muslim God, you should also explain that TUHAN is a pagan deity for the Malays.

Dear Malays, please stop making fools of yourselves!

by Another Arab

9:41 PM GMT+8  

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