Mahfuz (and PAS) is saying that the National Fatwa Council to decide...
Anwar says ...that Najib should take a position
Pakatan Rakyat is in power in Selangor and it is up to Khalid Ibrahim and PR to do the needful - which may also lead to necessary State Constitution and laws being amended/repealed or even enacted.
The problem arising from the 'Allah' issue that resulted in the seizing of Bibles, arrest of 2 leaders from the Christian community, the threat of protest against Churches using the term 'Allah' are all happening in Selangor. The actions are by the Selangor Islamic Religious Department(JAIS) - and as such we want the Selangor Government to take a stance - and Selangor is under the Pakatan Rakyat(PR), is not JAIS under the Selangor Government, whereby Pakatan Rakyat has more than two third majority.
Anwar Ibrahim and Pakatan Rakyat tries to shift the blame on Najib, the Prime Minister of Malaysia and the Barisan Nasional but this is not right.
It is Khalid Ibrahim(Selangor Menteri Besar), the Pakatan Rakyat government of Selangor and the Pakatan Rakyat that needs to take a stand on the 'Allah' issue.
But alas Anwar and the Pakatan is not taking a clear stand, and this is odd because they did have a clear stand since 2008, which was again reiterated before GE13.
Mahfuz, representing PAS, also is avoiding taking a stand - trying to force it upon a 3rd party - see
The question is that whether the Selangor Constitution needs to be amended to be in line with the Federal Constitution with regards the power of the King/Sultan who can only act on the advice of the Menteri Besar.
The question is whether the State Enactments should be amended to be in line with the Pakatan Rakyat publicly declared position - this would only require a simple majority.
Do not shift the blame on Najib, the Barisan Nasional or even the 'National Fatwa Council' - it is Pakatan Rakyat, Khalid Ibrahim and the Selangor government that needs to ACT - and act decisively here.
Anwar calls Jais action ‘high handed’, wants Najib to make a stand on Allah issue
1:10PM Jan 7, 2014Published: Tuesday January 7, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday January 7, 2014 MYT 7:19:47 AM
We want Fatwa Council to decide on Allah issue, says PASKUALA LUMPUR: PAS has urged the National Fatwa Council to end the conflict over whether or not non-Muslims could use the word “Allah” to refer to God.
Party information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar said both Muslims and non-Muslims had been left confused over conflicting state and federal stands on the matter.
“We want the Fatwa Council to decide which is correct,” said Mahfuz at the PAS headquarters.
He said while the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988 prohibited non-Muslims from using the term the Cabinet had allowed Christians from Sabah and Sarawak to use the term.
(The Federal Government had issued the 10-point solution to allowed Christians in East Malaysia to use “Allah” in the Al-Kitab prior to the 2011 Sarawak Elections.)
Mahfuz said he both the Selangor and Federal governments must have consulted religious authorities before arriving at their decisions.
He said the Fatwa Council should decide once and for all.
“This must be resolved or Islam will be seen as practising double standards. It creates the perception that Islam is unfair to non-Muslims,” he said.
Mahfuz described the Jais raid and the subsequent calls from three DAP state legislators to amend the 1998 Selangor Non-Islamic Religions Enactment as “hasty”.
Yeo Bee Yin (Damansara Utama), Rajiv Rishyakaran (Bukit Gasing) and Lau Weng San (Kampung Tunku) had proposed the amendments to ensure that Muslims’ and non-Muslims’ rights were protected.
PAS central working committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad said the DAP was entitled to voice its views but Pakatan Rakyat’s stand should be reached by consensus.
He called for a parliamentary bipartisan committee to also be set up to resolve the crisis.-Star, 7/1/2014, We want Fatwa Council to decide on Allah issue, says PAS
Make up your mind on Allah issue, Putrajaya told
Selangor exco in charge of Islamic affairs Sallehen Mukhyi said the state government will write to the Home Ministry for an explanation.
He referred to the 10-point solution approved by the Cabinet in 2011 allowing Christians in East Malaysia to use bibles with the word "Allah" without restrictions while such bibles in the peninsula must have a "For Christians Only" stamp.
However, he said this is in conflict with the Selangor Sultan's decree which bans non-Muslims from using the word "Allah".
"I will write to the (home) minister for an explanation on why imported Malay-language bibles are allowed.
"He (the minister) has to explain to the state so that the issue is not politicised," he told a press conference in Shah Alam this morning.
Sallehen was commenting on the recent raid by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) on the Bible Society of Malaysia where more than 300 Malay and Iban language bibles with the word “Allah” were seized. - Malaysiakini, 7/1/2014, Make up your mind on Allah issue, Putrajaya told