7/1 – ‘Allah’ ruling: Prime Minister Najib says government can’t stop people from holding demonstrations to protest High Court decision./MKINI
5/1 – Home Ministry files application to stay execution of High Court ruling that the word ‘Allah’ can be used by Catholic magazine Herald./MKINI
5/1- “Tetapi dalam agama Kristian terdapat konsep “Trinity” yang mana terdapat “God the Father, God the Son and the Holy Ghost”. Jika dalam bahasa Melayu terdapat dalam kitab Injil atau syarahan berkenaan “Allah sebagai Bapak, Allah sebagai Anak dan Roh yang Suci”, maka tentulah ini akan ditentang oleh orang Islam. Dalam Islam Allah tidak ada bapak, tidak ada anak. Ia tidak dilahirkan dan Ia tidak melahirkan sesiapa. Allah hanya satu. Ia tidak boleh disekutu dengan sesiapa.” Tun Mahathir Mohamad – Kontroversi Kegunaan Kalimah ‘Allah’
5/1 -“The Sabah communities have always used Bahasa Melayu as it is the regional lingua franca and Christianity has been in Sabah since 1881..In the rites where English is used, the term is God while the rites in Bahasa Melayu is Allah and the one in the mother tongue, like Kadazandusun, is ‘Kinoingan’…Making Bahasa Melayu the national language and the medium of instruction in the education system have expanded the language’s influence among the Sabah communities…The generation born after this policy was made are more comfortable using Bahasa Melayu. They are also more comfortable attending religious service in the national language…” -Tan Sri Bernard Dompok – Dompok Says Widespread BM Usage Pushed Christian Use of ‘Allah’
“I think that althought we belong to an established religion, sometimes you have to take your spiritual path in your hand. I’m not talking about new age, new theory, thinking that you can put everything in a basket or choosing that we are going to create our own religion. I’m talking about the importance of being capable of distinguish between things that are really important to us and things that somehow maybe manipulated by our religion.” – Paulo Coelho – Religions
I am not an expert when it comes to religion. Yes I am Roman Catholic and I do go to church on Sundays, whenever I can. I do this because this is the religion that I was born into and that’s all I know. I am sure that it is the same with being born in a Muslim family; that’s all they know.
Whenever I go to mass, whether it’s being conducted in Kadazan, Malay or English I normally started to drift away. Yes I know that it’s a bad habit. But that’s me; as long as I don’t hurt people physically and emotionally or vice versa I’m okay. I just don’t like it when people start to impose their religious views upon me.
I’m glad that in this country we still have that respect for other religion though at the same time I won’t discount the subtle techniques being used to convert non-Muslims via our education systems.
This topic is indeed controversial. This topic also can bring about bloody wars.
Long ago it was easier to make a stand on religion and people would respect your differences thus maintaining your friendship with them.
Now you make a religious stand, people will go crazy and will try to kill you.
So I wouldn’t want to get caught wearing a Manchester United jersey alone in a pub filled with drunk Liverpool supporters…