GPS cannot feign its innocence over the “Allah” issue and ride on the court ruling

Special Assistant to Sarawak DAP Chairman Chong Chieng Jen, Michael Kong (Dayak Daily)

By S. Harrish

THERE is no evidence that the use of ‘Allah’ by the indigenous Christian communities of Sabah and Sarawak has ever threatened public order.

Michael Kong, a special assistant to Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen, said he believed soon all religions will be practised in harmony, just like how the people of Sarawak have been able to live in religious harmony for centuries.

He said Assistant Minister in the Chief Minister’s Department (Islamic Affairs and DBKU) Dr Abdul Rahman Junaidi had also agreed to this racial harmony by saying that the use of ‘Allah’ by Christians was not an issue in Sarawak.

However, he reminded GPS that many Sarawakians were working in Peninsula Malaysia.

“As a political party that is part of the Federal government, GPS should not only look after the wellbeing of all Sarawakians but all fellow Malaysian Christians.

“This is telling of GPS and its policymaking. Over the past years, GPS has been part of the Federal government and as such, guilty of passing legislation that is illogical or detrimental to the people.

“One prime example is this prohibition of the use of ‘Allah’ by Christians.”

Kong said in a statement that on many occasions, GPS pushed the ball to the court to deliberate on its illogical and ridiculous policies.

“This must stop. GPS must be held accountable especially on this issue which has been of grave concern to all Sarawakians for over 10 years.”

He added that GPS cannot repeatedly feign its innocence and ride on the court rulings for its political mileage.

“Instead of reacting to problems created by themselves, it is time GPS starts being proactive and do things correctly from the start.”