Here's another controversy. The move by the government to soften an earlier ban on the use of the world ALLAH by Christian publications to refer to God, is being contested and opposed by some quarters, especially the Muslims.
An SMS received from a Malaysian who is now in Jakarta called for all Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to oppose the revised order signed by Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar on Feb. 16 as it may confuse Muslims who might think Allah refers to the Christians' God.
"We want all Muslim NGOs to issue a statement objecting the goverment's decision to allow the use of Allah, Baitullah, Kaabah and Solat for the Christians. We would like to call for the government to rectract the gazette immediately.
"This is against the Development of Non-Muslim Religions Enactment and contradicts the Cabinet decision on May 19, 1986," according to the SMS, quoting the president of Syarie Council, Zainul Rijal Abu Bakar.
The Herald publishes weekly in English, Mandarin, Tamil and Malay with an estimated readership of 50,000. The ban on ALLAH concerns mainly the Malay edition, which is read mostly by indigenous Christian tribes in the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak. The other three editions usually do not use the word ALLAH.
The dispute has become symbolic of increasing religious tensions in Malaysia, where 60 per cent of the 27 million people are Muslim Malays. A third of the population is ethnic Chinese and Indian, and many of them practice Christianity.
Well, has the Cabinet discussed this too?
I better not say anything about it...