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Malaysia’s Klang District Muslim Solidarity Secretariat will send a protest note to a church over a statement by Catholic weekly “The Herald” editor, Pastor Lawrence Andrew, which reportedly said the church would continue to use the word "Allah".
KLANG: Malaysia’s Klang District Muslim Solidarity Secretariat will send a protest note to a church over a statement by Catholic weekly “The Herald” editor, Pastor Lawrence Andrew.
On Dec 27, Andrew, in the news portal themalaysianinsider.com, was reported to have said that the Catholic church would continue to use the word Arabic word “Allah” despite the Selangor Islamic Religious Department's (JAIS) intention to send a reminder against its use by non-Muslims.
Norman Toha, the joint chairman of the secretariat, a coalition of Muslim non-governmental organisations (NGOs), said a protest note would be sent to the head pastor of the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang, if Andrew did not withdraw his statement.
He told a media conference on Thursday that Andrew must also apologise to Muslims and the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah this Sunday as demanded by several NGOs, which had lodged police reports against the pastor.
Selangor Ikatan Kebajikan & Dakwah president Ustaz Rosdi Long said JAIS must monitor and ensure the enforcement of the Selangor government enactment which bans the use of the term “Allah” by non-Muslims.
In November, the Sultan of Selangor decreed that the people in the state must obey the ban on the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims as enshrined in Section 9 of the state's Non-Islamic religions (Restricting propagation among Muslims) Enactment 1988.
He said the enforcement by JAIS was necessary to ensure such issues were not prolonged and become a thorn in the flesh to unity and harmony.