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    Govt regrets Herald's defiance on use of word 'Allah'

    How potty can you get!

    Reference from Wikipedia
    Allah (Arabic: ??, All?h, IPA: [?al?h] Ar-allah. is the standard Arabic word for God.
    Used by Arabic-speakers of all Abrahamic faiths, including Christians and Jews, in reference to "God"
    The Christian Arabs of today have no other word for 'God' than 'Allah'
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allah

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    Herald gets nod for Bahasa but not "Allah"
    KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 - The government will allow the Malay edition of a Catholic newspaper to resume publication, lifting a ban imposed for its use of the word "Allah," an official said today.

    The Herald, the country's main Roman Catholic newspaper, will not be allowed to use "Allah" as a translation for "God," however, said Che Din Yusoh, a senior official with the Home Ministry's publications control unit.

    "If they stop printing the word 'Allah,' they can publish anytime," Che Din told The Associated Press. "You can use another word. It's permissible for us," he said, adding that the decision would be conveyed to the Herald by tomorrow.

    The ministry had ordered the Herald last week to stop printing its Malay edition for violating a 2007 ban on the use of the word "Allah," except to refer to the Muslim God. The government says using the word could confuse Muslims, even though the newspaper is read almost exclusively by Christians.

    Islam is the country's official religion.

    Bahasa Malaysia is spoken by many indigenous Christians in Sabah and Sarawak states, who read the Herald's Malay edition. The newspaper has continued to publish its English, Mandarin and Tamil editions.

    The Herald has challenged the ban on "Allah" in court, saying that the translation has been used for centuries and that the Arabic word is a common reference to God that predates Islam. It says the ban is unconstitutional and threatens the religious freedom of the minorities.

    Until the court delivers a verdict, however, the newspaper is willing to stop using the word to avoid further confrontation, said the Rev. Lawrence Andrew, editor of the Herald.

    "We welcome this new view ... giving us back the right to use our national language," he told the AP.

    A court decision is not likely anytime soon.

    The Herald has long been at odds with the government, which has accused it of overstepping its boundaries by commenting on politics and other sensitive issues.

    Ethnic Chinese, Indians and other minorities, who are mainly Christians, Buddhists and Hindus, have been angered by sporadic demolition of Hindu temples, court rulings about the right to leave Islam and other religious disputes. - AP

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    Re: GOD-who-must-not-be-named.

    It interferes with UMNO's program to Islamize the Borneo natives. So obvious from a Rat Race perspective.
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    Re: GOD-who-must-not-be-named.

    UMNO doesn't Islamise at all! UMNO umnoises. UMNO's variant of Islam supercedes the Quran in a number of matters. One could argue that it is no more Islam than Ahmaddiyah since it goes against a number of central laws in Islam, for instance that of people's complete racial equality.

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    Govt regrets Herald's defiance on use of word 'Allah'

    We will never be bored as long as we have Syed Hamid around. What will we do without him?

    The extent of double-speak here is breathtaking. Najib has a thing or two to learn from him.

    Govt regrets Herald's defiance on use of word 'Allah'

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    Wednesday, 21 January 2009 20:18

    (The Sun) The government has expressed regret that Catholic weekly Herald has defied the government’s ban on the use of word “Allah” as a translation for “God” in its publication.

    While calling for a stop on public debates regarding the matter, Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar said he will ask the ministry’s legal division to see “what can be done” against the newspaper.

    “Usually, we will study what happens when there is no compliance. Religious issues are very sensitive. That’s why I avoid debating about it. But if one religion decides to show its strength and all sort of things, it is a bit dangerous.

    "To me, it is best (that) we sort it out in an environment which is not confrontational - an environment of goodwill and understanding. That’s why we have taken this approach. "We did not take action, (but) we gave conditions so that they would not create problems,” he told a press conference after the ministry’s monthly assembly today.

    Syed Hamid said the newspaper should have waited for the court’s decision, scheduled Feb 27, instead of acting according to its own judgment and defying the Cabinet’s decision to lift the ban imposed on the Malay edition of Herald.

    Ministry’s Publication and Quranic Text Control division secretary Che Din Yusoh was reported saying on Jan 8 the government has lifted the ban but maintained its decision to stop it from using the word Allah as it would confuse the Muslims.

    The Herald has last year challenged the ban on the word “Allah” in court, saying the translation has been used for centuries and the Arabic word is a common reference to God that predates Islam.

    On Tuesday, Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew said this week’s edition has used the banned word and he intended to continue doing so until the courts rule on the issue next month as “we find the restriction unacceptable.”

    “They should have waited for the court’s decision. If they continue acting this way, they are inciting conflicts. In Malaysia, we have to avoid conflicts. Don’t think we are the only ones that are strong, that have rights.

    “If everyone wanted to show its own strength, there would be conflicts and it would create problems. We have been really flexible in this matter. We really respect others and their religions,” Syed Hamid added.

    On certain weblogs still allegedly insulting Prophet Muhammad and Islam in their postings, he said the police had conducted its investigations on the matter and it was now up to the Attorney-General (A-G)'s Chambers to act.

    "Any reports said to insult the Prophet will be investigated by the police. Once investigation has been completed under the Sedition Act, we will leave it to the A-G's Chambers to decide whether to take action or not.

    Syed Hamid said to date no arrests had been made and that it was very difficult to stop people from posting undesirable elements in cyberworld..

    On another matter, Syed Hamid said retrenchment exercises by certain companies in the country should start first with the foreigners as during this time of economic crisis, "there is no reason for us, legally or illegally, to bring in foreign workers".

    "Don’t request for foreign workers and give all sorts of excuses that Malaysians cannot work. We will discuss with the Human Resources Ministry so that in certain sectors like the manufacturing and services industries, we should not have foreign workers," he said in response to newspaper reports on Tuesday that retrenchment of foreign workers had resulted in a rise in criminal activities in the country.

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    Re: GOD-who-must-not-be-named - Church wins right to challenge ‘Allah’ ban

    It has taken more than a year for the Church to win the right to take this issue to court.

    One year! Just to get the right to go to court!

    Gone are the days when UMNO can ride rough-shod over the rights of the people. Still, they are slow in learning.

    Church wins right to challenge ‘Allah’ ban
    By Debra Chong

    KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — After a lengthy battle that lasted over a year, the Roman Catholic Church in Malaysia finally won the right to challenge the government’s ban on the right to use the word “Allah” to mean "God" outside of Islam.

    The High Court today granted leave to the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, as the publisher of Catholic newspaper The Herald, in his application for a judicial review.

    More…
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    Re: Govt regrets Herald's defiance - Christians called God “Allah” 4 centuries

    Brightness has never been UMNO's forte, especially Hishamuddin.

    Christians here called God “Allah” four centuries ago
    NEWS/COMMENTARIES

    Saturday, 14 November 2009 Super Admin

    By Debra Chong, The Malaysian Insider

    Home Ministry officials in Putrajaya today were stunned to learn that the word “Allah” had been used by Catholics in this country to refer to the Christian God hundreds of years ago.

    “I told them that ‘Allah’ had been used in this country because the lingua franca at that time was Malay,” Reverend Father Lawrence Andrew, the priest-editor of The Herald, told The Malaysian Insider. Malaysiatoday....
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    Re: Govt regrets Herald's defiance on use of word 'Allah'

    UMNO is so caught up in its old arrogance that they cannot recognize that people have decided that "enough is enough" and that it is time to fight for our rights. As far as UMNO is concerned, the demise of MCA will just be collateral damage.

    Don't shoot yourself in the foot, MCA tells govt
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    Friday, 13 November 2009 adminK

    (Malaysian Mirror) - MCA has asked the government to reconsider its decision not to renew the permit of the weekly Catholic newspaper The Herald, saying it would be seen as stifling religious freedom.

    The action by the authorities is unconstitutional and totally unacceptable. It is counter-productive against initiating trust between religious bodies and the government,” said MCA spokesman Gan Ping Sieu here on Thursday.

    By denying The Herald’s permit renewal, the Home Ministry could be misconstrued as taking punitive action over the religious publication’s suit against the government on the usage restriction of the ‘Allah’ terminology.”

    The Herald's editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, told AFP the ministry had cancelled the 2010 permit without giving any reason. Malaysiatoday....
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    Re: Govt regrets Herald's defiance - Catholic paper gets permit

    A cowardly bully will back down when challenged resolutely. People have to learn to recognize that they are caged by their fears only.

    The greatest thing to fear is fear itself.


    Nov 15, 2009
    Catholic paper gets permit

    KUALA LUMPUR - A MALAYSIAN Catholic newspaper will be allowed to continue publication after the government withdrew a controversial decision to cancel its publishing permit, the editor said Sunday. Straits Times Sg
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    Re: Govt regrets Herald's defiance on word 'Allah' - UMNO is so predictable

    Mahfuz: ‘Allah’ issue is Umno’s political diversion
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    By Adib Zalkapli, The Malaysian Insider

    PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar (left) entered into the raging debate over Catholic weekly Herald’s use of the word ‘Allah’ in its Bahasa Malaysia edition, saying it was an attempt by Umno to divert the people’s attention from other pressing issues.

    The Pokok Sena MP said the heated discussion on the issue in the newspapers and online forums have distracted Malaysians from focusing on issues such as the stolen RMAF jet engines and the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal.

    “We can see clearly, the print media which comes under the control of the Home Ministry, led by Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and the electronic media continue to take advantage of the issue,” Mahfuz said in a statement released here today.

    He also questioned why the Home Affairs Ministry did not appeal immediately against the High Court’s Dec 31 decision allowing the Herald to use the word ‘Allah’ to describe the Christian God.

    “I believe when the debate gets out of control, when Umno is seen as the champion of Islam, an appeal will be made to reverse the high court’s decision,” Mahfuz noted.

    “Umno will then proclaim itself as the defender of Islam,” he added.

    Mahfuz also urged Muslims to remain calm, adding that their concern should also be addressed by formulating a guideline on the use of the word ‘Allah’.

    “Most importantly, all Islamic institutions must strengthen their dakwah work to all Muslims to avoid the confusion that may be caused by the use of the word Allah

    “I hope all Muslims and people of other faiths will not walk into the trap laid by Umno and BN,” he added.

    The controversy first erupted early last year when the Roman Catholic church applied for a judicial review of the Home Ministry’s directive to not to use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in Bahasa Malaysia in its publication.

    The court’s decision last Thursday was followed by series of protests by Muslim groups across the country.

    Both the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had urged the people to stay calm as the government will appeal against the decision. The PAS central committee is to meet tonight to formulate its official stand on the issue following differing opinions among some of its leaders.

    http://themalaysianinsider.com/ Malaysiatoday....
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    Re: Govt regrets Herald's defiance - Najib: People can protest court ruling

    To understand UMNO, study the trends, reverse what they say to get at the truth.

    This is Najib's 1Malaysia playing with fire.


    Najib: We can't stop people from protesting

    Andrew Ong, Jan 7, 10

    Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak today said that the government cannot stop people from gathering at mosques tomorrow to protest against a court decision which had allowed the Christian publication Herald to use to term 'Allah'.

    "We cannot stop them if they want to congregate in mosques," said Najib, when asked if the government was practising double standards in handling demonstrations. (Meaning, go ahead if you want do demonstrate.)

    However, he stressed that the gatherings should be confined to the mosque compound and he hoped that it will not spill over to "something more serious". Malaysiakini. Subscription required. In double-speak, it means "Do your worst. We won't stop you."
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