Banning the use of 'Allah' and the arson attacks against churches have inflicted considerable damage on the image of Malay Muslims internationally. Around the world, the community is seen as conservative Muslims.
It is so unfortunate for the Malay community to shoulder such negative perception due to the irresponsible and selfish actions of a few extremists.
Malaysia's image as a moderate and progressive Muslim majority nation is equally tarnished. The attacks on churches are acts of cowardice and malice.
Those who initiated and participated in these attacks are the real 'kafirs' and non-believers.
It is time for Muslim Malaysians to stand up for their faith and religion. They must stand up to condemn these perpetrators and insist on the separation of politics and religion. Selfish political interest has robbed the religion of its sanctity and good reputation.
The government is still dragging its feet to find a win-win solution to address this sensitive conflict. PM Najib's vision of 1Malaysia has everything to lose if he does not show more political will to help calm all parties and find a viable solution.
I support the call to establish a national consultative council on religious harmony is the best way to resolve the current “Allah” row. It is time for the Barisan government to show more sincerity.
They should drop their appeal against the court's decision to allow the use of 'Allah' by non-Muslims and help settle the dispute through a dialogue.
Malaysians must stand together on this issue or suffer unprecedented ramifications from it.