Ibrahim Ali was at the Palace of Justice last Oct 14 when he declared that his organization is all for peace and harmony among Malaysians of different races and religions.
The Perkasa chief told the crowd gathered at the court complex that morning how Christians are like his own family just as how the Christian evangelists always say Muslims are their brothers and sisters.
See, ‘Christians our brothers and sisters, says Ibrahim Ali ‘ (TMI, 14 Oct 2013).
Perkasa is colour blind too
And identical to their Christian counterparts, the Malay right wingers too are keen to reach out and embrace their fellow Malaysians regardless of creed and colour.
Malay right wing mascot Ibrahim is even willing to treat Christians to a Nasi Lemak and Teh Tarik kenduri. Aren’t we all Malaysian First?
Let’s move forward and build a future of togetherness based on love, respect and national unity. Let’s move on from Ibrahim’s terlepas cakap on the ‘Allah’ Bible that is water under the bridge.
BELOW: Zainah Anwar of Sisters in Islam believes “We are all Allah’s children”
At around this time last year, I’d blogged a posting titled ‘Justices mention “evangelical” in their judgment‘.
On 14 Oct 2013, the Court of Appeal found for Putrajaya against the Church.
In their written judgment delivered on the Herald ‘Allah’ case, the coram comprising Justices Mohamed Apandi Ali, Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Mohd Zawawi Salleh said in paragraph :
“On Article 11(4), Professor Dr. Shad Saleem Faruqi in his book entitled ‘Document of Destiny the Constitution of the Federation of Malaysia’, published in 2008, at pages 138-139, wrote:-
“Propagation of religion to Muslims: Under Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution, non-Muslim may be forbidden by State law from preaching their religion to Muslim. Many Muslims complain that this part of the ‘social contract’ is not being observed by some EVANGELICAL groups, some of whom are from abroad. On many occasions in recent years news has spread like wild fire that thousands of Muslims have converted or are waiting to convert to Christianity. Invariably this raises tensions.”
ABOVE: Protest banners read “Jangan cabar orang Islam”, “Nak guna kalimah Allah, sila masuk Islam”, “Jangan kurang ajar!”
Threat to public order
The three judges agreed with the Home Minister that kalimah Allah must not be used in church publication the Herald.
The Tuan-Tuan Yang Arif who heard the suit adjudged that allowing the Herald-Christians [evangelistas] to lafaz ‘Allah’ is a threat to national security and public order.
This is the judgment by the Palace of Justice in our country’s administrative capital.
Justice Mohd Zawawi Salleh gave his grounds as follows:
“It cannot be considered as a mere argument over semantics for Christians of the protestant / EVANGELICAL variety. To use ‘Allah’ synonymously in reference to the Biblical deity is both confusing for the Muslims and Christians as to which God one is referring to as it is poles apart theologically. There is the danger for both sides untaught of its respective theologies to think it is the same God who is worshipped. Christians must distinguish themselves in their doctrine and not use an Arabic word for the Biblical God.”
Umcedel: Kalimah Allah “isu asas bagi setiap umat Islam”
A public opinion survey by Umcedel among 1,676 participants – of which 65 percent were Malay respondents (pie chart below) – found that objection to non-Muslim using lafaz ‘Allah’ cuts across all age groups and levels of education.
“Isu ini agak sensitif dan mampu menggugat keamanan serta ketenteraman penduduk di Malaysia yang terdiri daripada pelbagai kaum”, said Umcedel.
The Malays feel very strongly about this. A total of 77 percent of Malays polled said they do not approve the non-Muslims using kalimah Allah.
BELOW: Tun Daim Zainuddin reminded, “If the Chinese don’t understand this, they will be sorely mistaken when push comes to shove”
Evangelistas hellbent on subversion
A few months ago on June 23, the Federal Court dismissed the Church’s application for leave to appeal.
Yang Amat Arif Tun Arifin Zakaria, the Chief Justice who lead the seven-man bench, had delivered the ruling by the apex court in a majority decision.
The highest court in our land has held that the Home Minister’s ban was lawful and reasonable. It is a reasonable premise that permitting the evangelistas to lafaz ‘Allah’ poses a threat to national security and public order – this is the appraisal of the top learned judges.
Our judiciary has already decided on this matter in line with the Federal Constitution and their view is endorsed by former Chief Justice Tun Abdul Hamid Mohamad.
Now, are the evangelistas prepared to abide by the law?
It appears not.
Christians want to fight their cause
Last month on Sept 19, the Church filed a review application against the June 2014 decision handed by the Federal Court.
They simply refuse to desist from laying claim to kalimah Allah.
The Church is challenging the scope of Article 3 (Islam is Religion of the Federation) and Article 11 (missionaries are prohibited from evangelizing to Muslims) of our country’s constitution.
Why have the Umno cabinet ministers been silent and leaving it just to the woman PBB minister from Umno-less Sarawak, Nancy Shukri, alone to face the onslaught of the Christian extremists?
The Prime Minister has repeatedly made the promise (see below) and reiterated his commitment to defend the sanctity of Islam.
Najib’s promise versus Perkasa’s promise
Christians are “only nine percent” of the population. And they are so meek and mild and peace-loving.
You really have to wonder why – since the Christians love even their enemies and will unfailingly turn the other cheek – that there is any need for the pledge on the Perkasa banner to say, “Berjuang hingga ke titisan darah yang terakhir”.
Incidentally, Jerlun (see protest photo below) was Mukhriz Mahathir’s Parliamentary constituency in 2008. Mukhriz, the Kedah Menteri Besar, is one of the few Umno leaders to have openly asserted that lafaz ‘Allah’ is for Muslims only.
Perhaps it is timely for Najib Razak to clarify his stand.
BELOW: Option (A) “I’m all nice, floppy ears” or Option (B) “Fight [have] no fear”