It is amazing to me that Malaysia is the only country that has this ban ... and now again a "veiled" threat of violence? A very sad situation indeed.
Monday March 23, 2009
Zahid warns Bar to end ‘unwise’ online poll
KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has told the Bar Council to stop its online poll on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.
He said it was “unwise” to carry out such a survey, as the move was seen by some quarters as a challenge to Muslims.
“If they (Bar Council) continue to play up the issue, the Muslims may rise and if they do, the Bar should not be angry but be willing to accept the consequences.
“This is the final warning for the Bar Council. Islamic religious matters come under the jurisdiction of the Malay Rulers and if they continue to dispute the authority’s decision on the issue (use of the word “Allah” in non-Islamic religious publications), it means they are disputing the power of the Rulers,” he told reporters after launching the ground-breaking ceremony of Sekolah Menengah Imtiaz here.
“I hope that as lawyers, they respect what has been brought to court. In fact, the Cabinet has decided to put a stop to discussing this issue, and in Parliament, I have put a full stop in having this issue being debated,” he said.
There is a pending judicial review challenging the ban on the use of the term “Allah” in non-Muslim publications.