The Arabs are wondering what is wrong with the Malaysians- they have used "Allah" for 2000 years, and it caused no confusion. They're wondering why they cannot bring their scriptures into Malaysia, if it contains the word- "Allah".
Don't they see that these "Ketuanan" fellas are stupid and are definitely proud of it?
The Malaysian Home Ministry has "wisely" taken upon itself to guide Malaysians in a matter of "national security"- lest some "faithful" are stupid enough to think that the Bible in Malay might be the Quran (and vice versa)!!
The Home Ministry knows that Malaysians are stupid, and hence, need to be "protected" after all these years. The Home Ministry also believes that they hold the patent/copyright to the Arabic word "Allah".
Stupid being what stupid does, they do it "to avoid conflict", then cause a conflict which has to be controlled with laws which can get you arrested- even as you are thinking of responding to the conflict!! (very crever, eh?)
The "Ketuanan guys" are plain STUPID, and they are Bloody Proud of it, dammit!!
(And the rest of the Malaysians are stupider still, for voting them in repeatedly!!)
.... dat oso donno ah?
**Mark my words- very soon they make it a crime for anyone else to be stupid, as they'll make a law that prohibits the "non-tuans" (BN-putras excluded) from being stupid!
...... yeah- they'll get a patent for it.
“If we, the Arab Christians are using it in the heart of the Muslim and Arab world, then why can’t the Malaysian Christians use it?”
Arab Christians express concern about Malaysian Bible row
PETALING JAYA, March 14 — The lengthy row over Bahasa Malaysia Bibles and the “Allah” controversy has sparked off international concern among the Arab Christian community, triggering them to urge the Najib administraton for a quick resolution to the issues.
Religious leaders from the Lutheran World Federation (LWF), led by its president, Bishop Munib A. Younan, met with unity affairs minister Tan Sri Dr Koh Tsu Koon last Thursday, where both issues were discussed extensively.
Younan also urged Koh to initiate the release of the 35,000 Malay-language Bibles currently held by the government in two separate ports in the country.
In the discussion, Younan had also told Koh that the tussle over the word “Allah” between the Muslim and non-Muslim communities here has baffled the Christians of the Arab world who have been using the word for over 2,000 years.
“Something we cannot understand in the Arab world and the whole world is when Malaysia prohibits Malaysian Christians from using the name of Allah because we have used it for 2,000 years and until this moment, no one has stopped us.
“If we, the Arab Christians are using it in the heart of the Muslim and Arab world, then why can’t the Malaysian Christians use it?” Younan told reporters in Armada Hotel here yesterday.
Younan, who is also the bishop for the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land (ELCJHL), added that it would be good for Malaysia to show a pluralistic nature by allowing non-Muslims to use “Allah” in their prayers as the country’s constitution provided for religious freedom.
“It is not a challenge to others or a cause for confusion... on the contrary, every religion has the right to use the name of God in any way that they want,” he stressed.
In rejecting the government’s move to detain 35,000 Malay-language Bibles, Younan pointed out that the holy books merely promoted love and moral deeds.
“I said (to Koh) that it does not give a good indication to this whole issue. I think it is very important that people have their own Bibles and to read them because it is better to have the Bible than to have something else because the Bible teaches you love of God and your neighbour,” he reasoned.
Younan added that he had also expressed hope to Koh that the Malaysian government emulated the move by the Jordanian King in allocating 5,000 square metres of free land to churches to allow them to build their respective houses of worship.
“The King gave every church 5,000 square metres of land free on the baptism site along the River Jordan. My Lutheran Church received this precious land, we got a permit and duty-free and tax-free materials to build it.
“We hope Malaysia can follow in these footsteps because it is important to help complete this freedom of religion in Malaysia,” he said.
Younan claimed that upon hearing the views during the over two hour meet, Koh promised that he would raise the issues up with the administration.
“I spoke to him in my capacity as the LWF president and he promised to do something. He has received our message and we will continue to write each other on this,” he said.
The LWF is a global communion of Christian churches in the Lutheran tradition founded in Sweden in 1947. It presently has 145 member churches in 79 countries across the globe, including four in Malaysia, and represents some 70 million Christians worldwide.
The Home Ministry has come under fire for its move to impound the Malay-language Bibles and is presently facing extreme pressure from the local Christian community and numerous political parties, including those in the Barisan Nasional (BN), to release the holy books.
Despite this, the ministry announced that it had passed the buck to the Attorney-General to decide, reasoning that the detention of the books had been due to the pending appeal over Catholic newspaper The Herald’s use of the word “Allah” in its publications.