Monday, March 22, 2010

PAS wants amendments to Rukunegara to include ‘Allah’

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang wants the word 'Allah' to be included in the Rukunegara. - Picture by Choo Choy May

PAS wants the Rukunegara to be amended, and to include the use of “Allah” instead of “God” following debates over the last few months over “Allah” being used by non-Muslims.

PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang told reporters outside Parliament that the government should view the debate on the “Allah” issue in a positive light, and make appropriate changes to the Rukunegara to refer to “God” as “Allah”, as Christians and non-Muslims also use the word.

“What is wrong with it, it is an achievement in unity following the ‘Allah’ issue. We should not only change the Rukunegara, we should make it more proactive, and at the same time work towards unity,” said Hadi.

He affirmed that whatever confusion which may be caused by the usage of the word may be resolved by religious scholars.

“Christians and other religions have realised the glory of the name ‘Allah’; Lord, God and other words do not have the same meaning.”

“The government needs to accept things in a positive light in handling the issue,” he said.


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