By S. Harrish
SARAWAK’s assurance that Christians in the state have the freedom to use the word ‘Allah’ has been described as ‘highly insufficient’ because Federal Government decisions would still affect Sarawakians.
State DAP chairman Chong Chieng Jen said that even with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Tun Openg’s statement that it was not an issue in Sarawak, it must be remembered that more than 100,000 Sarawakians were living in West Malaysia.
“Some of them (non-Muslims) since birth refer to God as ‘Allah’. Just because they are working in West Malaysia, they have to change the terms that they refer to their God.
“So what Abang Johari is saying that in Sarawak this is not an issue, is highly insufficient.”
According to the Borneo Post, Chong said that all Sarawakians were directly affected and GPS was the one who passed the current federal government.
Chong added that Putrajaya should not have appealed the case as it was the constitutional rights of non-Muslims to freedom of religion.
“So it is only some fanatics who try to monopolise the use of that word, and it is regrettable that the federal government succumbed to the wishes of these groups and that it comprises GPS, which is more regrettable,” he said.