Sabah churches say ‘no’ to Nazri
Tue, Jan 19, 2010
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Council of Churches has rejected a proposal by de facto Law Minister Nazri Aziz that the word “Allah” can be used only by Christians who live in Sabah and Sarawak, not those in peninsular Malaysia.
The council felt that Nazri’s suggestion was “illogical, inconsistent and untenable for Christian communities … especially those residing in the peninsula,” said its president, Jerry Dusing.
“The intended concession also goes against the spirit and intent of the Prime Minister’s 1Malaysia concept of forging unity and harmony among all races and religions by mutual respect and acceptance,” he said in a news release.
He said the proposal also impinged on the rights of the Christians as it “dichotomises and segregates” the rights to profess and practise one’s faith on the basis of geographical location.