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ALOR SETAR, Dec 16, 2014:

Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir has described Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s statement, allowing the use of “kalimah (word) Allah” by non-Muslims in the state, as insensitive to the feelings of Muslims.

Mukhriz said Lim’s action also showed that he was insincere and that the statement was made for political expediency.

“I was shocked that Guan Eng could issue such a statement as it is against the (state Islamic religious) enactment and fatwa (issued at the federal level)… as Chief Minister, he must uphold the federal and state laws.

“To me, this is just a political ploy to serve his party’s political interest in facing the Sarawak state election which will be held in 15 months’ time.

“There’s no other reason, because if the prohibition (on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims) is heeded, it will not create problems,” he told reporters when met at Wisma Darul Aman here, today.

Lim was reported by several news portals last Friday as having given permission to non-Muslims in Penang to use the word “Allah” in their religious services.

He had also reportedly said that the ban on using kalimah Allah by non-Muslims in the state, as spelt out in the Penang Islamic Religious Administration Enactment 2004, was not applicable to non-Muslims.

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