KUCHING: Non-Muslim Bumiputeras in Sabah and Sarawak are urged not to fall into the opposition’s trick of spinning the ‘Allah’ issue.
According to Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Office (Islamic Affairs) Datuk Daud Abdul Rahman, the opposition, especially Democratic Action Party (DAP), is taking advantage of the situation to gain support, especially from the non-Muslim Bumiputeras.
“The government acknowledges the fact that some Bibles were translated into Malay and also the fact that they (non-Muslim Bumiputeras) had been using the word for over 100 years. We are looking into this and hope to find a solution to the issue,” said Daud when met by reporters yesterday.
Daud also acknowledged that those in Sabah and Sarawak had been using the word without any intention to spread their religious teachings to Muslims and the government recognised this fact.
“It is a sensitive issue and DAP should stop spinning this issue. Let the government find the best solution for this matter,” he said.
On another matter, Daud said more mosques and surau would be built to accommodate the growing congregation, especially in major cities in the state.
“The main mosques are crowded especially during Friday prayers and more mosques will be built to accommodate the larger crowd. It is an ongoing process,” he explained, adding that among areas being considered were Senadin, Miri and several areas in Sibu.
Daud also urged mosque or surau committees to use the ‘waqaf’ approach to solicit funds from the public.
“A great example is the Matang Jaya mosque which is currently under construction where donations from the public had helped to build it,” he said. - theborneopost