I dont know how many Malaysians watched Hishammudin Tun Hussein on TV3 'Soal-Jawab' with moderator Ahmat Talib at 10pm yesterday.
Had you watched, then you'd understand that the sentiment over Allah issue was mostly aggravated by the Opposition.
Hisham made it clear that on the day the court made its decision to allow Herald to use the world 'Allah', he immediately called on Malaysians, especially the Muslims not to resort to any kind of action that would 'add fuel to fire'.
Malaysians, he said was advised to stay calm as the Home Ministry knows what is the next course of action to be taken in addressing the issue. Yes, the government then filed an appeal for the court to reverse its decision.
When I blogged about 'Dont Blame the Government', some readers hit out at me, saying that I am the one who dont understand the whole issue.
Hey, I am a Muslim and I know what Islam is. As a Malaysian, I love my country and for that I dont want to see any untoward incidents taking place. Unfortunately, when so many people and organisations did not heed Hisham's call, it led to some lunatics trying to play 'hero' by attacking churches and a surau.
A sensitive and delicate issue like this should be addressed by the authority and not politicians or NGOs.
Hisham may look relaxed and a bit 'soft' when aswering AAT's questions but he looked well-composed. He knew that he was in the best and right position to reinterate what he said about two weeks ago.
I personally believe he passed this big test...