Christians in the two Malaysian Borneo states can continue to use the term 'Allah' for God in Malay print as they have done for the last 300 years.
The federal government however still sees no reason why Christians in Peninsular Malaysia should use the term 'Allah' for God even in Malay print, and East Malaysians resident in the Peninsula have to respect the prohibition.
The new directive on the use of 'Allah' is both silly and outrageous. Can this directive be implemented? This directive has created more confusion than trying to solve the current impasse.
What term should the East Malaysians traveling to West Malaysia use in their prayers?
This directive is just a political decision to mitigate Barisan's damaged integrity in both Sabah and Sarawak, which were seen as it political fixed deposits.
“Christians in Sabah and Sarawak need not worry over this issue because it is a common tradition there. I have been to an Iban church service and I heard 'Allah' used there,” Nazri said. Here, Nazri has shown his biggest hypocrisy. Why didn't he tell the government so at the very start of the ban?
Asked why the need for two sets of rules on the usage of the word, he stressed that this is not a unique practice as Malaysia also has two sets of laws on other matters, citing the syariah court and the civil court as examples.
Nazri's attempt to equate the two set of directives on the use of 'Allah' to the syariah and civil courts is another example of his lack of knowledge about the rule of law. Under the constitution, the civil court is the supreme court and not syariah court. How can this be an apple to apple comparison?
Is Nazri even fit to speak on behalf of the government on this issue?