Hello hello Dayak! So folks, nothing more crazier to start a new year other than this whole Allah word ding dongs (read Just Use ‘ALLA’! Part 1). But I do admire Father Lawrence Andrew’s determination to fight Herald’s case right to the end if possible rattle up to Federal Court and drive UMNO to the point of insanity. UMNO should not blame the Christians for this fiasco as UMNO itself made it difficult for others to live in first place. Now taste your own medicine. UMNO feared the BM version of Holy Bible will christened the Malays which lead the importation and usage of Bahasa Indonesia version of Holy Bible/ Al-Kitab for so many donkey years already but now UMNO realised most native Christians (like the Dayaks here) has been happily using ‘Allah’ denomination in most BM-medium prayers.

Note that how the High Court judge Justice Lau Bee Lan simply ruled out the whole case in a clear distinction and within the scope of the defination of the constitution itself:

“…under Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution, (the applicant) had the constitutional right to use “Allah” in the Herald in the exercise of his right that religions other than Islam might be practised in peace and harmony in the country.”

“…the Constitution, which states Islam as the country’s religion, did not empower the minister to make such a prohibition.”

“…In pursuant to Article 10, the applicant also has the right to use the word ‘Allah’ in the Herald in the exercise of his right to freedom of speech and expression”

“…that both the respondents – the minister and the Malaysian government – had failed throughout the trial to prove how the use of the word “Allah” could threaten national security.”(<–WTF!)

A very direct and simple ruling isn’t it? But no, UMNO will not fold down as usual and instantly instead abuse it further while project itself as defender of Islam in the most phony but predictably idiotic manner as possible by claiming it as possible bloody racial tensions:

“What is their motive (for the suit) ? Why all of a sudden they want to use the word Allah when all this while they have been using the term God?This is definitely provocation, they are just using all this human rights, religious rights as excuses. This is sensitive to the Muslims and this will create racial and religious tension,” – Tajuddin Abdul Rahman

Actually it’s UMNO that always create racial and religious tension. The only way to shut this kind lunatics out is to feed them alive to crocodiles at Jong’s Crocodile Farm. Seriously that’s the best way to treat UMNO lunatics for making other people’s lives difficult and keep it even more complicated by their own systematic deceit and manipulation. It’s BN UMNO that delayed development and education infrastructure to the Dayaks which robbed them education opportunity (and English proficiency) at the first place which limits the option for common language other than simple BM to spread the words of God using Bahasa Indonesia version of Holy Bible/ Al-Kitab (and the use of ‘Allah’ word).

UMNO simply shoot itself on the foot. They want to polarise us all with BM but a fully-BM version of Holy Bible is a threat to Islam and the Malays. WTF!

The Dyaks Blog Final Donkeys:

All of us Dayaks pray the best of luck to Father Lawrence Andrew and Herald management. Never a give a damn to UMNO. And WTF the BN Dayak leaders as usual with their deafening silence huh! Afraid of UMNO stop their big govt projects huh? Fuck that self-serving lah BN Dayak leaders!

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Allah for all
By Debra Chong
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 1 — In a small church 45km southwest of the city, some 700 Catholics celebrated the dawn of the new decade singing praises to “Allah”.

Father Lawrence Andrew, parish priest of the Church of St Anne, usually conducts Mass in Bahasa Malaysia on Sundays for the benefit of the 200 East Malaysians who have joined his parish in Port Klang.

But he decided to preach in the national language last night after the High Court delivered judgment which overjoyed Christians nationwide.

“It’s a special Mass,” Lawrence told The Malaysian Insider over the phone yesterday evening.

“Allah is no longer prohibited to us,” he said, the smile coming through the phone line.

“My parish is small but there’s a growing number of Sarawakians who have been coming to church. I use Bahasa Malaysia because English to them is a foreign language. And the younger generation too are able to understand Bahasa,” he explained.

The government had first banned the church from using the word “Allah” in a Christian context three years ago in the Catholic newpaper Herald, allegedly to avoid confusing the majority Muslims who also use the word for their God.

The church sued when the Home Ministry threatened to take back the publishing permit, which is required to be renewed every year.

Lawrence said he has been invited to preach in Kota Kinabalu tomorrow and will be doing so in Bahasa Malaysia as well.

According to census figures in Sabah, about 2.45 million people there are Christian while in Sarawak, Malaysia’s largest state, statistics show 43 per cent of the population is Christian.

But Lawrence believes the figures are outdated and there are more Christians now in Borneo. He puts the figures in Sarawak closer to half the population.

The next census is due to be carried out in the middle of this year, according to the national Statistics Department.

The High Court yesterday ruled the Home Ministry ban was against the Federal Constitution which protects the rights of minorities.

Judge Datuk Lau Bee Lan declared the Herald has the constitutional right to publish the word “Allah” to refer to the Christian God.

She also struck out a second attempt by seven Muslim groups to join the Home Ministry in stopping the church, overturning a long-held but mistaken belief among some of the majority Muslims in the country that the word is exclusive to Islam.

Herald is the only Catholic paper in the country and has been in print for the past 20 years. Some 14,000 people subscribe to the weekly, which is limited for sale within church premises.

To cater to the diverse ethnicities in Malaysia, it publishes in four languages: English, Malay, Chinese and Tamil.

The church had last year applied to the Home Ministry to also publish in the Kadazandusun language but was turned down.

Lawrence, who edits Herald, told The Malaysian Insider that he was “very happy” with the court’s decision, as was the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, named as the publisher when informed late yesterday evening.

The priest-editor said Catholics can look forward to reading articles which contain the world “Allah” again from Jan 10, when the next print issue of Herald comes out.

The online version of Herald (http://www.heraldmalaysia.com/) will include stories on “Allah” immediately.

But, Lawrence was quick to add he would not publish the word “Allah” just for the sake of putting it in.

“Only when it is relevant and we are quoting from Scriptures and the word is used,” he stressed.

The church had held back from publishing material containing the word “Allah” for the past two years, while waiting for the court outcome.

Despite the court’s judgment, a Malay-Muslim politician from the ruling party continued to probe the Church’s real reasons for pushing a Malay medium for its worship.

“What is their motive? Why all of a sudden they want to use the word ‘Allah’ when all this while they have been using the term God?” Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman shot back when asked to comment by The Malaysian Insider.

“This is definitely provocation, they are just using all this human rights, religious rights as excuses. This is sensitive to the Muslims and this will create racial and religious tension,” the Pasir Salak MP said.

Lawrence was in the crowded court yesterday for the decision but rushed back to his parish to prepare for the special midnight worship to usher in the new year.

In his single-page statement, he welcomed the “long-awaited decision which clearly upholds the socio-cultural and anthropological body of evidence of the Christian people of the Malay archipelago, now Malaysia, in using the word ‘Allah’.”

“We wish to state that the hearsay statements claiming that we have been using the word ‘Allah’ only recently is misleading and does not hold up to the rigour of historical scrutiny,” the priest said, referring to a Malay-Latin dictionary from 1631 which he claims is among the first-ever dictionaries printed in relation to the Malay language.

“This also means that the Bahasa Malaysia-speaking community of the Christian faith can now continue to freely use the word ‘Allah’ — a word that has been in their worship and instructions in the faith — without any interference from the authorities,” he said.

Umno man says ‘Allah’ judgment will stir racial tension
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 31 — One of Umno’s known hawks, Pasir Salak MP Datuk Tajuddin Abdul Rahman, lambasted the High Court judgment on the ‘Allah’ case today, saying that it would not solve anything but only ignite racial and religious tension.

The High Court today lifted the home minister’s ban against the Catholic church from publishing the word “Allah” to refer to the Christian God in its weekly paper, Herald.

The landmark decision may be of joy for some 850,000 Catholics in the country but for Tajuddin, the suit itself, filed by Herald’s lawyers, is an act of provocation.

“What is their motive (for the suit) ? Why all of a sudden they want to use the word Allah when all this while they have been using the term God?

“This is definitely provocation, they are just using all this human rights, religious rights as excuses. This is sensitive to the Muslims and this will create racial and religious tension,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

The controversy over the word “Allah” has stirred huge debate among Christians and Muslims alike in Malaysia and attracted international attention as well.

The Home Minister, who controls giving the annual mandatory publishing permits in the country, had banned the church from using the word “Allah” outside the Muslim context.

But some have questioned if there can be a copyright over the word “Allah”, which Muslim representatives here say is a special word reserved to refer to the Muslim God, meaning “the one and only Almighty”.

The act of questioning the exclusivity of the word “Allah” for Muslims said Tajuddin is a clear indicator that “certain quarters” have become “bolder”.

“They have dared to do these things because the Muslims have been soft..but if you put some one in a corner, they will bounce back,” lamented the Pasir Salak MP.

“What the High Court thinks is right, may not necessarily be right outside (the court),” he added.

Meanwhile PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar said Muslims must respect the decision of the High Court and remain calm.

“We must not be hasty and jump to conclusions. We should let the religious authorities to decide on its next course of action,” he said.

Asked if he agreed with the decision, Mahfuz ignored the question and reiterated that the country’s Muslims must respect the High Court decision and allow the religious authority to decide on its next course of action.

Though it is unclear if the Home Minister will seek to reverse the decision through the Appellate Court but he is likely to do so given the sensitivity of the issue.