Use of the word “Allah” – Why is GPS so quiet on Muafakat Nasional’s statement?

Abd Aziz Isa

By John Isaac

DAP has called on Sarawakians to reject GPS if the coalition fails to react to Muafakat Nasional’s (MN) move with regards the High Court’s ruling on the use of the word “Allah”.

Following the court’s decision, the MN Consultative Committee urged the federal government to appeal the decision

MN in a statement said the coalition views seriously the High Court’s decision in allowing non-Muslims to use the Islamic words in their publications.

“The meeting also urged the Federal government to take the initiative to expedite the implementation of a more harmonised legal system within the Federal Constitution framework,” the MN statement said.

In Jill Ireland v Home Ministry, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that Christians nationwide are allowed to use the word “Allah” and three other Arabic words – Baitullah (House of God), Kaabah (Islam’s holiest shrine in Mecca) and solat (prayer) – in their religious publications for educational purposes.

“On the other hand, GPS has been very quiet in regards to the joint statement issued by MN. None of its coalition members, be it PBB, SUPP, PRS nor SPDP, issued any official statements to condemn or criticise the MN’s joint-statement.

“GPS can try to deny they are not part of the PN coalition but that can’t deny the fact that GPS is indirectly part of the PN-led Federal Government.

“If PN decides to refer the case to the Court of Appeal, GPS should be held accountable to the voters.

“This is because any collective decision made by the PN led Federal Government pertaining to that matter receives the consent (impliedly or expressly) by GPS since they are also part of the Cabinet,” said Abdul Aziz Isa, a special assistant to Sarawak DAP chief, Chong Chieng Jen.

Abdul Aziz, who is also DAP Batu Kitang chairman and Dapsy Stampin Chief, said in the past, when GPS was on the opposition, the coalition had been very vocal in criticising the then Pakatan Harapan (“PH”) led Federal Government.

It seems like almost all decisions made by PH received strong objections by GPS leaders.

“They even claimed themselves as the so-called “defenders of Sarawak”. In fact, GPS spreads propaganda saying that PH is not protecting the rights of Sarawak as enshrined in Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“What happened after they joined Umno, PAS, Bersatu and Barisan Nasional (BN) to form the backdoor government called PN?,”.

“If GPS fails to react to the latest joint-statement issued by MN, it would be prudent for Sarawakians to ditch the coalition in the upcoming state election. It shows the failure on part of the GPS coalition to protect the rights of Sarawakians as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and Malaysia Agreement 1963.

“Such ignorance by GPS should not receive any supports by the vast majority of Sarawakians,” added Abdul Aziz.