Rulers: Resolve ‘Kalimah Allah’ issue immediately

The 220th Conference of Rulers which convened in Kuala Lumpur want the issue of ‘Kalimah Allah’ be resolved immediately. HRHs as the Custodian to Islam vowed to protect the sancity of Islam, the religion of the Federation of Malaya.

NST has the story:

Rulers want issue over use of word Allah resolved immediately


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malay Rulers, at the two-day 220th meeting of the Conference of Rulers which concluded today, have taken note of the various requests, letters and memorandums from Muslim organisations and individuals in the country which have expressed sadness over the translation of the word “God” to “Allah”. A statement issued by the office of the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal today said the translation had caused much confusion and dissatisfaction among the people of Malaysia, particularly Muslims.

“This issue, unless resolved immediately, will undermine the sanctity of Islam and, possibly, security and public order as well,” it said.

The statement 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.

“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 other races.

“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.

In the statement, the Malay Rulers recorded their appreciation for the Royal Malaysia Police for their effectiveness in acting professionally to control the situation in 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 220th meeting of the Conference of Rulers, which was chaired by the Sultan of Perak, Sultan Azlan Shah, discussed among other things matters related to religion, defence, security, and the appointment of judges of the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as members of the Education Service Commission.



Now it is up to Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to take up the call by HRH Rulers. In accordance to the Westminster style Constutional Monarchy, it is up to the Prime Minister to advise HM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong on matters related to His Majesty’s position in office, as the Head of Islam and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces.

Hence, it is timely that PM Dato’ Seri Najib sought an audience with His Majesty and present for the Conference of Rulers to issue a decree on the ‘Kalimah Allah’, which has now brought the nation and its entire social fabric into a near crisis situation. PM Dato’ Seri Najib should also instruct all Menteri Besars (which include PAS controlled Kedah and Kelantan) to present to their HRH Rulers on the same proposition so that this matter could be resolved once and for all.

A Conference of Rulers decree would solve an oustanding issue which could be dragged further even though it has been taken to court and efforts of consultation. Since Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia and the Federal Constitution recognise the right of Non Muslims to practice their religion as long as it does not encroach into the right of the Muslims, then the decree of the Conference of Rulers is constitutionally appropriate. Where else, the Federal Government should in the same time gather NGOs which include religious bodies to a series of consultative node, jointly and separately, to promote better understanding and tolerance between the different faith. The position and sensitivies of  Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia based on the Constitution should be the primary referral point. 

This move would not at all be seen as the Federal Government is incompetent to resolve the sensitive issue, as protectively feared by some hardliners. The Prime Minister would be seen as acting in accordance to the practice and provisions under the Federal Constitution to advise His Majesty for a decree by the Conference of Rulers.



Published in: on February 11, 2010 at 18:00  Comments (10)