Friday, 11 January 2013

ALLAH in the Malay Bible? Keep calm and see the political instigators behind it all

The burning issue of the name ALLAH in the Malay/Indonesian Bible/Al-Kitab.... how to stop this fiery issue ignited by the country's chief hate instigators, the DAP, from consuming our society, read this article from The Choice calmly:

Pakatan ‘Politicising’ “Allah” Issue for Christian Vote

It has become increasingly clear that Pakatan Rakyat has chosen to politicise the "Allah" issue to win over Christian voters in East Malaysia, according to analysts. Political analyst Dr Chandra Muzaffar said the ongoing debate over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims should not be exploited for narrow political ends.

"The controversy initially happened in 2010, after which an understanding was actually achieved between the Muslims and non-Muslims.

"It was understood then that Christians in East Malaysia have been using the term 'Allah' in the Malay version of the Bible for over a hundred years.

"The issue has now erupted again because DAP Secretary-General Lim Guan Eng is targeting Christian votes, or more specifically, the Iban, Kadazan and Chinese communities in Sabah and Sarawak," he pointed out.

Guan Eng had reignited the issue in his Christmas message, and thanks to this cynical move, we now have a religious controversy that is escalating every day, and could well threaten our inter-community harmony.
Chandra said Guan Eng had acted irresponsibly by stirring up this controversy after it had remained dormant for three years.

He made it clear that all parties involved in this latest controversy should acknowledge that a mutual understanding had been reached before.

"Until Lim brought it up, Muslims never reacted adversely because the term was used within the Christians' private religious circle," Chandra pointed out.
Secondly, he said, the concept of 'Allah' was a part of Islamic teachings and has been widely recognised as the Arabic word for 'the one and only God'.

"In this multi-cultural society, one should avoid any abuse or misuse of this concept which is so closely knit to the religion of Islam," the analyst told the New Straits Times.

Universiti Sains Malaysia senior lecturer Associate Professor Dr Sivamurugan Pandian agreed, saying anything to do with religion should not be politicised.

"Evidently, this concept of 'Allah' has been delivered as a political message to gain the support of certain quarters.

"In this case, I believe they are looking to the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak," he said.

Sivamurugan said all parties should compromise on this issue, because prolonging it in our multicultural society could lead to a religious clash.

"Members of PAS themselves have divided opinions on this issue. Between them, they need to sort it out before it is brought out to the public," he added.

The cat is finally out of the bag. With the majority of Malaysia's Christian population living in East Malaysia, Pakatan's needless meddling with people's religious sensitivities is actually a desperate attempt to gain a foothold in Sabah and Sarawak.

But placing the nation's multicultural harmony at risk for the sake of a few votes is not going to win the Opposition coalition any friends. The communities affected will naturally see through Pakatan's blatant political move.

Even in my travels around the globe, in the Vatican (Catholic Church), the UK(Anglican Church), France and most of Europe no Christians worship to their God in the name of ALLAH, it is a non issue. 

It is bad enough that religion is being politicised in Malaysia, its worse when the name ALLAH is politicised too. We should stop this politicising NOW, it does not do any of us any good.

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