Ong Kian Ming, the DAP evangelista Serdang MP, today released a press statement slamming the Court of Appeal judgment (which found that the usage of the name ‘Allah’ is not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity) as flawed and showing “a complete lack of understanding” on the part of the judges and based on “such weak legal grounds”.
The DAP SuperCyber Bully also berated one of the presiding judges, Dato Mohd Zawawi bin Salleh, as to having done “a great disservice to himself” in liberally quoting Christian sources from outside Malaysia to explain that even Christians do not agree with the usage of the word ‘Allah’.
Critiquing Dato Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi bin Haji Ali, the author of the summary judgement, Ong Kian Ming imputes that the judge had meant “the usage of the word ‘Allah’ by the Catholic Herald is a potential threat to the peace and harmony which exists in Malaysia even though such a threat has never materialized in Sabah and Sarawak where Bumiputera Christians have been using the word Allah for generations!”
In Ong’s view, “This too is a great disservice to the Bumiputera Christian community in Malaysia and the harmonious relations enjoyed by Christians and Muslims in East Malaysia”.
He declares that “Allah has been and will continue to be used by Christians in Malaysia and that this is not a threat to Islam’s position as the religion of the Federation”.
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It’s likely true what Ong says that such a threat has never materialized in Sabah and Sarawak where Bumiputera Christians have been using the word Allah for generations.
The problem is not with the pribumi who are living in Sabah and Sarawak.
The menace which the judges are preempting is the evangelista Bintang Lima like himself who reside in the country’s evangelical capital, Jerusubang.