GPS should leverage its “kingmaker” status over “Allah” ruling appeal issue

Dr Kelvin Yii 

By S. Harrish

THE GPS should use its “kingmaker” status to persuade their partners in government – Pas, Umno and Bersatu, not to appeal the High Court’s landmark “Allah” ruling.

Bandar Kuching MP Dr Kelvin Yii said it was important to protect the fundamental spirit of the formation of Malaysia, which safeguards freedom of religion and the practices of other religions in peace and harmony.

He said the ruling was a victory not for a particular group over another in Malaysia, but the spirit of multiculturalism and freedom of religion that is protected under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution and even MA63.

“Fact of the matter is, Christian communities in Sabah and Sarawak have been using “Allah” for generations in the practice of their faith without any problem,” he said in a statement.

The fact is that Christians here have been using it for 400 years without causing any public disorder or even confusion, Yii said.

These were the reasons used to justify the decision by the BN in 1986 to ban the usage of four words – “Allah, Baitullah, Kaabah and solat” by non-Muslims.