‘Allah’ causes no public disorder!

22 September 2013, THE HERALD PUTRAJAYA: Lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church argued at the Court of Appeal that the term ‘Allah’ has been used in Sabah and Sarawak to denote God and had not created any public disorder. Mr. Benjamin Dawson, appeared for the Cahtholic Church, submitting before the Court of Appeal that the Bibles use ‘Lord’ and ‘God’ interchangeably and the Bumiputra community in Sabah and Sarawak have been using ‘Tuhan’ and ‘Allah’ in similar fashion for many years. “At times we use both words in a sentence and the translation would be towards ‘Tuhan’ and ‘Allah’ which are used by the various communities in this region,’ he said. Mr. Dawson also emphasized that the government cannot dictate on how any other religion besides Islam should be practiced as this would be against the Constitution.

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