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Pas: We want the ruling reversed
Thu, Jan 07, 2010
New Straits Times

KUALA LUMPUR: Pas fully supports the government's decision to appeal against the High Court decision that allows Catholic weekly Herald to use the word "Allah" and wants the ruling reversed. Despite its unanimous stand that non-Muslims are allowed to use the word, Pas vice-president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said the party had actually agreed on three principles, one of which is to support the Home Ministry's appeal against the court's ruling last week.

"We will follow the appeal and will seek help from the Conference of Rulers if necessary.

"Pas wants the ruling to be changed as the use of the word 'Allah' in the weekly can confuse people. That is our stand," he said when contacted yesterday.

He said other principles were to urge people not to manipulate or demonstrate over the issue and that the non-Muslims should not transgress into Muslim affairs, although Pas is consistent that all people have freedom to practise their beliefs.

He added that the word "Allah" has been synonymous with Muslims all this while.

"We do not agree (with the court's ruling) because we worry the word could be abused.

"If it (Herald) says that Allah is dead, what will be our perception? When the word "Allah" is mentioned, the Muslims are offended," said the party disciplinary committee chairman.

Pas president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, via a written statement on Monday, had endorsed the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims, saying it was consistent with the Federal Constitution and Islamic principles.

The statement, issued after a three-hour central political bureau meeting, warned that the word must not be misused or abused to avoid religious disharmony in the country.

However, the Islamic party did not make public its stand on the usage of the word in Herald.

Tuan Ibrahim said it would be a fact if the weekly said "Allah" has created the sky and the earth, but it would be an abuse if it said that " Allah" has a son.

He said the Muslims are worried over the abuse of the word and the issue has triggered a huge reaction from the rakyat.

"There must be a proper guideline to avoid the word from being abused," he added.

When asked about the statement by Pas deputy spiritual adviser Datuk Dr Haron Din on the issue, Tuan Ibrahim said what the former meant was that the Muslims should not allow the word "Allah" to be misused.

 
 
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