GEORGE TOWN, Dec 15, 2014:
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is ready to meet with state mufti Datuk Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor in connection with the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims in the state.
Lim said meeting the state mufti was not an issue and he was ready to discuss the existing law (State Islamic Administration Enactment 2004).
“I am willing to meet (the mufti) and we can also say that this is in accordance with the law,” he told reporters here today.
Last Saturday, the Penang mufti had said he wanted to meet the Chief Minister to provide an explanation on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims in the state.
According to Wan Salim, the state Fatwa Council had gazetted the word “Allah” as well as 40 other Islam-related words which could not be used by non-Muslims in Penang.
Lim had been reported to have said that the prohibition on the use of the word “Allah” in the enactment was not applicable to non-Muslims as its enforcement was only valid for Muslims.
However, Wan Salim was reported to have said that once it was gazetted by the Fatwa Council, the enactment applied not only to Muslims, but also non-Muslims as it was consented to by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Meanwhile, Lim reiterated his regret that there were those who opposed him on the issue of the word “Allah” as he claimed that MCA had raised the issue by challenging the state government to abolish the enactment so that Christians in the state could use the word.
“Umno should lodge a (police) report against MCA.
“MCA is asking to repeal the Penang State Islamic Religious Administration Enactment 2004.
“Why do I get the blame when they ask it to be repealed?”