Thursday, February 11, 2010


The Malay Rulers, expressing their sadness over the 'Allah' issue, want it to be resolved immediately.

"This issue, unless resolved immediately, will undermine the sanctity of Islam and, possibly, security and public order as well," they said in a statement released at the end of the two-day 220th meeting of the Conference of Rulers here on Thursday.

The statement, issued by the office of the Keeper of the Rulers' Seal, said they took note of the various requests, letters and memorandums from Muslim organisations and individuals in the country and have expressed their sadness over the translation of "God" to "Allah" in non-Muslim texts.

The statement said the translation had caused much confusion and dissatisfaction among the people of Malaysia, particularly among the Muslims.

allah-issue-2It pointed out that Article 3 of the Federal Constitution provided for Islam to be the country's official religion and the Malay Rulers to be the heads of religion in the states of the country.

Rights and religious freedom

"The Malay Rulers have the responsibility to safeguard the sovereignty and sanctity of Islam as the official religion of the country, without neglecting the rights and religious freedom of the others.

"The Malay Rulers give the undertaking to fulfill their responsibility to protect the sanctity and status of Islam," it said.

The statement also said that the Malay Rulers felt that the incidents of damaging houses of worship were very dangerous acts of provocation which should never be allowed to take place.

"These treacherous acts driven by emotion must be stopped because all religions do not condone but condemn such acts.

"These are criminal acts which should be contained firmly and immediately," it said.

Security and public order

In the statement, the Malay Rulers recorded their appreciation to the police force for their effectiveness in acting professionally to control the situation and maintaining security and public order.

"The Malay Rulers well understand the heavy responsibility they (the police) have to face, and urge that the efforts of the security forces in maintaining public order be fully supported," it said.

The statement said the Malay Rulers took note that the issue over the use of the word "Allah" by the Catholic weekly magazine, Herald, was under consideration by the Court of Appeal.

The conference , chaired by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, discussed, among other things matters related to religion, defence and security.

They also discussed the appointment of judges of the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as members of the Education Service Commission.

news courtesy of Malaysian Mirror

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