Social activist Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir should return the Selangor State Honours Darjah Paduka Mahkota Selangor invested to her by HRH Sultan of Selangor, since she grossly defied (Ingkar) the Sultan’s decree (Titah) on 14 December 2013 on the prohibition of Non Muslims to use the kalimah “Allah” and “Allah is exclusive for Muslims only”.
She and 50 others turned up at Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Klang to demonstrate their support to Father Michael Chua. Marina also lambasted JAIS which she described the raid at Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on 2 January 2014 in Damansara Kim as “Despicable”, for the action in the interest of preservation of Islam as provided in the Selangor and Federal Constitution.
Perkasa Youth slams Marina Mahathir for siding with Christians on ‘Allah’
BY MELISSA CHIJANUARY 6, 2014
Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir stands outside the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang, Selangor, January 5, 2014. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 6 ― Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir should have joined Muslims in demanding exclusivity over “Allah”, Perkasa Youth said today when condemning her role in a rally showing solidarity with Christians at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Klang yesterday.
Pointing to her previous outspokenness on lesbian, bisexual, gay and trasngender issues (LGBT), the youth wing of the Malay rights group also cast aspersions over the intent of the daughter of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in joining non-Muslims yesterday in a show of support for the church that had been expected to come under protest from Muslim groups.
“Did she intend to spark another controversy or simply to seek cheap publicity and at the same time issue a statement to condemn [Selangor Islamic Religious Department]?
“As a Muslim, she should be with other Muslims to defend the name of Allah so that the sacred word would not to be used by Christians, to which Father Lawrence, editor of the Herald publication proudly asserted that the Christians will continue to use the word Allah,” Perkasa Youth chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris said in a statement today.
Irwan also said that as a Muslim and the daughter of Dr Mahathir, who has fought for Islam and is patron of Perkasa, Marina’s actions would invite suspicion from Malaysians, especially Muslims.
“I wonder where she places her faith and if she agree with non-Muslims using the word Allah.
“Perkasa Youth strongly condemns Marina Mahathir’s actions,” he said.
Yesterday, churchgoers at the Klang church were pleasantly surprised when Marina turned up along with some 20 non-Christians with flowers in hand during the Sunday morning mass, instead of protestors from Malay groups and Umno Selangor who had threatened massive protests outside Selangor churches for what they claimed was an attempt by Christians to usurp the exclusive right to calling their God “Allah”.
The planned protest failed to materialise when the groups decided instead to rally and remain at the Stadium Sultan Sulaiman.
There, Marina also said that the word “Allah” “belongs to all”.
“If we believe that God is one, then the word is for all,” she said.
Marina, who is also a member of the newly-formed National Unity Consultative Council (NUCC), said the council will discuss the “Allah” issue today.
Aside from the threatened protests, the Bible Society Malaysia was also raided by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) and police on Thursday. Over 300 copies of the AlKitab Malay language bibles and Bup Kudus Iban versions were seized while two BSM officials were arrested.
Temperatures have risen of late over the so-called “Allah” row that remains unresolved four years after it shocked the nation and led to the worst religious strife in the country’s history.
The ongoing legal dispute between the government and the Catholic Church over its right to print the word “Allah” in the Herald’s Bahasa Malaysia section is still pending before the Federal Court, which is set to hear arguments from both sides on February 24 before deciding on whether it will hear an appeal by the Catholic Church.
JAIS raided and confiscated the contraband 321 Al-Kitab bibles in Malay which contained the kalimah “Allah” in place of the word God. Later, Damansara Utama Police recorded the statement of BSM President Lee Min Choon and manager Sinclair Wong.
Marina should not be blind on the fact that BSM housed contraband Malay Al-Kitab bibles which used kalimah “Allah” in place of God, which has been defined in Selangor as unlawful. After all, BSM is not a house of worship but a Christian training centre.
Yesterday, Father Michael Chua defied the titah of HRH Tuanku Sultan of Selangor and used kalimah “Allah” in the Malay sermon at the Lady of Lourdes Church.
It should not be seen as a provocation to a situation which is already tense but instead an insult to position and role HRH Sultan of Selangor as Constitutional Head of Islam in Selangor and Islam as the Religion of the Federation of Malaysia, as per enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
HRH Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah reiterated his titah that Non Muslims are prohibited to use kalimah “Allah”, as per the Propagation of Non Islamic Religion (1988 enactment) and Federal Constitution Articles 3(1), 3(2) and 11(4).
Court of Appeal Justice Mohd. Noor Abdullah in a year 2000 judgment defined the position of Islam in Malaysia as “Islam is not equal, neither sits together, nor stands at par with other religions. However, Islam sits above, walks ahead, is located in the field and the voice is heard loud”.
Therefore any attempt to antagonise the sanctity of Islam, should be punished severely under the limit of the Malaysian Law and any individuals standing up in support of the exercise to directly or indirectly antagonise the sanctity of Islam at the expense of the emotions of the majority Malay-Muslim should be reprimanded and dealt with.