BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
.Muslim non-governmental organisations warned today that the Federal Court’s decision not to allow the Catholic Church’s leave application to appeal against the ban on the use of “Allah” in its weekly publication did not mark the end of the threat of “Christianisation”.
Pertubuhan Islam Gabungan Amal (Pertiga) urged Muslims to always be prepared for further attacks on their faith from Christians.
“I felt proud when it was announced that we won 4-3. This means we have succeeded in what we asked for.
“After this there will be other issues they (Christians) will come up with, and we must find a way to fight such issues,” Pertiga vice-president Izzudin Merican Nordin told The Malaysian Insider.
Muslim NGOs have always taken the line that the word Allah was exclusively for Muslims as its use by other faiths could cause confusion.
Four of the seven-member bench today dismissed the church’s application for leave to appeal, citing that the Court of Appeal was right in its decision to ban the word in the Catholic weekly, Herald.
Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria, who led the seven-man bench, said the President of Court of Appeal Md Raus Sharif, Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin and Federal court judge Suriyadi Halim Omar had agreed that the leave should not be granted.
Three other judges – Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, and Federal Court judges Datuk Zainun Ali and Tan Sri Jeffrey Tan Kok Hwa – held that leave must be granted to the Catholic Church.
Izzudin said although the court had ruled against the Catholic Church, the latter would still find a way to ensure that Bibles were produced in Malay with the word Allah.
He said Pertiga members would ensure that such a thing did not happen and would fight till the last drop of their blood.
“They play with small issues and find ways on how to get back their rights in using Bahasa Malaysia.
“We will fight until our last drop of blood as what we are saying now is a warning. We do not want to be lackadaisical about this and they have to understand that this is a sensitive issue,” Izzudin said.
Meanwhile, Persatuan Seni Silat Gayung Makrifat also warned that Christians would not stop despite today’s court decision and would bring about many more problems.
Its president Malik Ridzuan Hashim said he hoped that today’s Federal Court decision would make the Muslims aware that they had to unite to fight against evil elements of non-Muslims.
“We are grateful but our fight does not end here as we do not know what other problems will happen.
“This is the start and an awakening to Muslims so that we will unite for Islam. These things would not have happened if we are strong and united. If we are strong, those who want to touch us will be scared.
“Among the Malays, we are divided because of politics, that is why they want to take away our rights,” he told The Malaysian Insider.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said that as far as he was concerned, the case was closed.
“We respect Muslims and Christians. We are defending our rights in Peninsular Malaysia, so that the word Allah is not allowed to be used by others.
“We defend as we want to preserve the country’s peace. They can use other languages.
“Just leave it be and we will continue with our lives as usual,” he said. – June 23, 2014.