Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Masing, Moggie sad over court’s ruling

KUCHING: Senior Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Masing said the high court judges have made two faulty judgments through their ignorance of the socio-religious conditions in Sarawak and Sabah.

“ These cases are Bisi Jinggot native customary right (NCR) case and the Kalimah Allah, in the space of two months. We cannot afford to have members of the judiciary,

the interpreters of our legal system to be ignorant of aspects of the case in which they are tasked to make judgment,”

“ These judgments have very serious implications for Malaysians. Political masters must take this matter seriously,” said Masing here yesterday.

In expressing his concern over the ruling by the Court of Appeal on the use of the word ‘Allah’ Masing said, “As a Christian I am sad to know of the court ruling which disallow non-Muslims to use Allah. The court must understand that Chri st ians in Sarawak had used Allah for over 100 years in Sarawak.”

“There was no problem nor did it create tension between Muslims and non-Muslims. The court must realise that the word Allah predated Islam. We must not politicise religion,” Masing stressed.

He added that all quarters must learn from history that the most vicious wars were fought in the name of religion.

“We must never allow it to happen here in Malaysia,” added the Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS) president.

Meanwhile former president of the defunc t Par t i Bans a Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) and current Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) chairman Tan Sri Datuk Amar Leo Moggie said the use of the word Allah Taala is an integral part to the practice of the Christian faith in the Iban community.

The high court’s ruling will not stop them from using the word in their worship, he added.

“We will continue to use the word in reverence in our prayer,” said Moggie. - theborneopost

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