Saturday, January 5, 2008

Jawapan Kabinet Penggunaan Kalimah Allah

Alhamdulillah, isu mengenai penggunaan kalimah Allah oleh pihak Gereja Kristian dalam majalah mereka yang boleh mengelirukan umat Islam terutama anak-anak remaja Islam telah diputuskan. Surat terbuka PGSM boleh dirujuk untuk memahami isu ini. Disedut dari Utusan 4 Jan 2008.
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Kabinet benarkan Islam sahaja guna kalimah Allah

PUTRAJAYA 3 Jan. – Kabinet mengekalkan larangan bagi semua agama kecuali Islam daripada menggunakan kalimah ‘Allah’ dalam penerbitan akhbar masing- masing bagi mengelakkan wujud suasana tidak harmoni.

Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Dr. Abdullah Md. Zin berkata, keputusan itu dibuat kerana penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ oleh agama lain boleh menimbulkan kekeliruan dan kemarahan di kalangan umat Islam di negara ini.

Beliau berkata, adalah tidak wajar larangan penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ oleh agama lain dijadikan perbahasan umum yang menggambarkan seolah-olah tiada kebebasan beragama di negara ini.‘‘

Semalam, Kabinet memutuskan untuk mengekalkan larangan penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ seperti mana yang telah diputuskan dalam mesyuaratnya pada 18 Oktober dan 1 November 2006.‘‘

Lagipun, mengikut amalan sejak sekian lama di negara ini, kalimah ‘Allah’ hanya merujuk kepada Tuhan penganut agama Islam sahaja,” katanya.Beliau berkata demikian pada sidang akhbar khas sempena Sambutan Maal Hijrah Peringkat Kebangsaan Tahun 1429/2008 yang akan disambut pada 10 Januari ini di sini hari ini.

Acara tahunan kali ini yang bertemakan ‘Menjana Ummah Gemilang’ itu akan dihadiri oleh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin dan Raja Permaisuri Agong, Tuanku Nur Zahirah.

Pada 31 Disember lalu, pengarang akhbar Herald-The Catholic Weekly, Paderi Lawrence Andrew menyatakan bahawa pihak Kementerian Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (KKDN) telah memperbaharui permit penerbitan akhbar itu tanpa larangan menggunakan kalimah ‘Allah’.

Bagaimanapun, pada hari yang sama, Timbalan Menteri KKDN, Datuk Johari Baharum menegaskan, sekali pun permit akhbar itu diperbaharui, larangan penggunaan kalimah ‘Allah’ masih kekal.

Sehubungan itu, Abdullah memberitahu, pihaknya akan memaklumkan secara rasmi kepada KKDN berhubung keputusan tersebut secepat mungkin.Beliau berkata, selain kalimah ‘Allah’, kalimah solat, Kaabah dan Baitullah adalah dilarang penggunaannya dalam penerbitan agama lain.‘‘Ia berdasarkan keputusan Kabinet pada 31 Julai 2002,” katanya.

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Disedut daripada the STAR

Herald can’t use ‘Allah’ in its publications

By MAZWIN NIK ANISPUTRAJAYA: The Herald - The Catholic Weekly publication is not allowed to use the word “Allah” in its publications, the Cabinet decided. The restrictions on the use of the word “Allah” was still enforceable and shall be upheld as decided by the Cabinet in two of its meetings – on Oct 18 and Nov 1, 2006, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Abdullah Mohd Zin said.

Abdullah, who said the Prime Minister had instructed him to clarify the matter so the public would not be confused, told a press conference on Thursday: “One of the reasons given to uphold the restriction is because that it has long been the practice of this country that the world Allah refers to God according to the Muslim faith.”

It was only proper for other religions to use the word "God" and not "Allah" when referring to their God in respective beliefs, Abdullah said, adding that the use of the word “Allah” shall not be made a public debate that may give the impression as if there is no freedom of religion in the country.

“The use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims may arouse sensitivity and create confusion among Muslims in the country,” he said. On Dec 31, the publication’s editor Father Lawrence Andrew said the weekly was allowed to continue printing its Bahasa Malaysia section with no restriction on the use of the word “Allah” for God.

He said a representative from the Internal Security Ministry delivered a letter dated Dec 28 with the permit to print the newspaper and that according to him, the letter did not place any restrictions whatsoever. The newspaper carries reports in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil and Chinese, about the Catholic community.

It has a circulation of 12,000The ministry had earlier issued directives to the publisher to cease the use of the word “Allah” in the weekly, failing which its permit would either be suspended or revoked. On Dec 5, the publisher filed a writ of summons in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to seek declarations of use of Allah. When contacted later, Abdullah said that the Cabinet in the two meetings had decided that Herald - The Catholic Weekly should not use the word “Allah” in its publications.

“I would also like to remind the public that apart from the word 'Allah', three other words - Solat, Kaabah and Baitullah – are also prohibited and cannot be used in other religions’ publications,” he said.