The MALINDO DEFENCE Daily

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Anwar Ibrahim Stance on "ALLAH"







Baru Daniel faham kenapa Anwar sanggup melacurkan kalimah Allah kepada penganut agama lain. Rupa-rupanya beliau memang bersifat sedemikian sejak dahulu lagi semata-mata kerana ingin popular di kalangan orang bukan Islam.

Tambahan lagi beliau mahu dilihat sebagai seorang muslim yang liberal di seluruh dunia terutamanya di negara seberang tambak dan di negara Uncle Sam, Amerika Syarikat.

Hal ini dibuktikan dalam ceramah beliau yang bertajuk 'Masa Depan Islam di Malaysia' di Marina Mandarin Singapura pada tahun 1989. Seperti yang ditulis dalam laporan berita di atas.

Dalam ceramah itu beliau membentangkan wawasannya tentang masa depan Islam di Malaysia tidak hanya ditentukan oleh orang Islam tetapi juga bukan Islam. Di hadapan intelektual Singapura beliau tampak lebih liberal tentang soal agama dan bermuka-muka.

Menurut beliau lagi orang Islam perlu menghormati kebebasan masyarakat untuk bersetuju atau sebaliknya:malah mempersoalkan asas dasar penerapan nilai-nilai Islam. Pendirian ini bagi Daniel menjadi asas untuk Anwar membenarkan penganut agama lain menggunakan kalimah Allah.

Tambah sadis lagi apabila Anwar terang-terangan tidak mahu menggunakan label Islam dalam pemerintahan tetapi hanya mahu mementingkan keadilan kepada semua orang walaupun dalam konteks kalimah Allah itu hanya milik mutlak penganut agama Islam.

Keadilan apa yang diperjuangkan?

Dalam ucapan beliau itu lagi beliau berkata adalah lebih baik untuk membincangkan isu dan rancangan yang dilaksanakan seperti Bank Islam dan Universiti Islam daripada kemungkinan Malaysia menjadi sebuah 'negara Islam'.

Begitulah sedikit sebanyak ucapan Anwar yang jelas bermatlamat untuk mengambil hati masyarakat bukan Islam di Singapura.

Hal ini pernah diulas dan dikritik oleh pimpinan PAS pada tahun 1989 tetapi pendirian Anwar yang liberal dan tidak berubah ini dihalalkan serta dilupakan mereka tatkala Anwar telah membantu mereka menang pada pilihanraya umum yang lalu.

Adakah pemimpin yang bisa melacurkan agama dan pendirian kerana ingin popular di kalangan orang bukan Islam ini akan kita tabalkan menjadi Perdana Menteri Malaysia?

Daniel persilakan untuk ahlul-ahlul PAS berfikir mengenai perkara ini. Takkan kerana kuasa akan kita halalkan semuanya.
 


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Malaysia’s decades-old Christian ‘Allah’ issue



A view of a SIB church in Borneo.
By Debra Chong
KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 — The issue of Christians not being allowed to use “Allah” goes back to the 1980s when the authorities ring-fenced a list of Arabic terms first on national security grounds then later in order to prevent confusion among Muslims.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF), an umbrella body for Christian groups in Malaysia, said the use of the word “Allah” became a “problem” because of the distortion of certain facts by a government department in the mid-1980s.
“First, they say it is national security. Then they say it will confuse Muslims. But why are they listening only to Jakim?” quizzed NECF’s Bahasa Malaysia section executive secretary Alfred Tais, referring to the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia.
The department proposed a ban of certain Arabic words being used by non-Muslims which was then endorsed by the Cabinet in 1986. However no action was taken to completely enforce the ruling until 2007, prompting the Catholic weekly Herald to dispute it.
The Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), an evangelical church founded in 1928, also wanted a review of the decision three years ago after a shipment of imported Christian religious books meant for Sunday school children were seized by the Royal Customs and Excise Department at the KLIA low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT).
The ministry’s basis for doing so was because the books contain the word “Allah” and may confuse Muslims although the books are meant for Christians only.
But the Home ministry, which also oversees the Customs department, quietly returned the books to SIB two years ago, just before the historic 12th General Elections which saw Barisan Nasional lose its traditional two-thirds grip on Parliament.
The ministry then followed up with a letter signed by Yaacob Samat from its Publication Control and Al-Quran Text division, in reply to the SIB’s earlier appeal and listed 16 reasons for the ban, which are:
  1. “That Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution states that Islam is the official religion of the Federation.
  2. “That Article 11(4) of the Federal Constitution permits laws to be made to control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam.
  3. “That several states have made laws or control or restrict propagation among persons professing the religion of Islam and have prohibited the use of certain words or phrases of the religion of Islam in publications of other religions.
  4. “That due to the differences in the words and phrases prohibited, confusion has arisen as to what words and phrases are prohibited in particular in Christian publications in the Indonesian language.
  5. “That in the late 1970s and early 1980s there was uneasiness among the community and problems of enforcement among religious officers in the various states due to differences as to the words and phrases prohibited.
  6. “That following the above, the issue had become sensitive and had been classified as a security issue.
  7. “That the Government had decided that the Ministry of Internal Security [now called the home ministry] which controls published materials under Section 7(1) of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 is to deal with the issue.
  8. “That vide PU (A) 15/82, the Government had gazetted the prohibition of the Alkitab in Malaysia under Section 22 of the Internal Security Act 1960.
  9. “That special exemption was made to the said prohibition vide PU (A) 134 permitting the Alkitab to be possessed by Christians in churches.
  10. “That there was continuing confusion and uneasiness in the community when enforcement on the use of the words and phrases in religious publications was not effective.
  11. “That on 19.5.1986, the Government had decided that the words ‘Allah’, ‘Kaabah’, ‘Baitullah’ and ‘Solat’ are words and phrases exclusive to the religion of Islam and cannot be used in published materials of other religions save to explain concepts pertaining to the religion of Islam.
  12. “That the Government had permitted the use of the Alkitab by Christians in churches only and not in any other places.
  13. “That the aforesaid permission did not extend to other Christian publications other than the translation of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia, i.e. the Alkitab.
  14. “That the Government practices religious freedom as enshrined in the Federal Constitution but bears the responsibility of avoiding any confusion in the community of various religions which if allowed to occur will threaten security and public order.
  15. “That religious sensitivity must be respected and preserved by all.
  16. “That the Applicants [SIB] as a religious institution with a large number of followers also bears the responsibility for promoting religious harmony in the community.”
The ministry told the church to just comply, leaving no room for disagreement.
Two judges, Datuk Abdul Kadir Musa and Datuk Aziah Ali, who have been entrusted to sort out the dispute have been eagerly pushing for the two parties to settle without the court’s interference, especially after another High Court ruled on the Catholic Herald’s case on the use of the same word three months ago.
The Home ministry plans to appeal against this even as it is holding closed-door talks with the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
The High Court has given the state and SIB until April 30 to try and settle the dispute amicably, failing which it will set a hearing date.



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Gerakan calls on Perkasa not to play race card



(The Edge) - A Barisan Nasional component party has urged Malay nationalist group Perkasa not to use the race card in commenting on the government's proposed new economic model (NEM) which is being drawn up.
In a statement today, Gerakan vice-president Datuk Mah Siew Keong said racial statements ran against the prime minister's 1Malaysia spirit and would not bode well for the country.

He was responding to Perkasa's economic bureau director Dr Zubir Harun, who reportedly said Perkasa was worried that the NEM would have a "Chinese agenda".

"What is he (Zubir) trying to prove? Both Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin have stated that the NEM would benefit all Malaysians.

"Non-governmental organisations and politicians should not send the wrong signal to the world that the government was looking after the interests of only one community. The government should look after every race and ensure every race is competitive. This is in line with the 1Malaysia spirit," Mah said.

Mah, who is also Gerakan's head of economic development bureau, added that Zubir's remarks were especially "worrying" as the economy was recovering.

Zubir was reported as saying on Monday that the Chinese viewed the next general election as the "best opportunity" to gain power in the country. The comments came after the first meeting of the newly formed Malay Consultative Council (Majlis Perundingan Melayu), which demanded that the NEM protect the rights of Malays and bumiputeras.


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