SHAH ALAM Dec 23, 2014:
Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has refused to be drawn into a debate involving the usage of the word “Allah” for Christians in the state following a challenge by Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz on the matter.
Speaking to reporters after attending Shah Alam City Council (MBSA)’s awards ceremony for “Zon Bersih Mini” (Cleanest Mini Zone) at the Concorde Hotel last night, he stressed that the state has its enactments, among which bans the word “Allah” being used by non-Muslims.
“He (Nazri) is entitled to his opinion but in Selangor, we already have these enactments in place and will abide by it,” he said without elaborating further.
Azmin’s latest comments came after he was reported to have supported Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his statement that non-Muslims were free to use the word “Allah” in Penang, as a fatwa under the state enactment banning non-Muslims from using 40 Arabic words, including “Allah”, only applied to Muslims.
Azmin had said that Lim’s statement reflects the common stand taken by Pakatan Rakyat on the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims.
Yesterday, Nazri who is also Umno Supreme Council member, called on Christians in Selangor to try and pressure Azmin to amend state enactments and allow the use of some 30 words by non-Muslims.
Nazri said that non-Bumiputera voters who were hoping for Barisan Nasional to fall, should look at Selangor where Pakatan Rakyat holds a two-thirds majority in the state legislative assembly.
“I ask for DAP and all, since you have two-thirds majority, tell Azmin to amend the Islamic enactment because in Selangor you can’t use 30 Muslim words, including Allah,” he said.
“Now ‘Allah’ can be used in Sabah, Sarawak, Federal Territories and Penang. Not Selangor. Christians who want to use ‘Allah’ have to urge Azmin because they have the two-thirds majority,” said Nazri, adding that the Selangor Menteri Besar seemed very open-minded.