WHY IRRITATE MUSLIMS BY USING ALLAH, FORMER MALAYSIAN PRIME MINISTER MAHATHIR MOHAMAD ASKS CHRISTIANS IN THE PENINSULA
More tolerance from the “moderates.”
Why irritate Muslims by using allah? Why irritate Muslims by not converting? Why irritate Muslims by breathing?
“Why irritate Muslims by using Allah, Dr Mahathir asks Christians in the peninsula,” The Malaysia Insider, Janaury 1, 2014 (thanks to Nic)
Against a backdrop of Selangor religious authorities preparing to clamp down on non-Muslims’ use of “Allah”, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today questioned Christian motives for “annoying others” with their insistence on using the Arabic word to refer to God.The country’s longest-serving prime minister said the Arabic term for God was only a common usage among Christians in Sabah and Sarawak.
“All this while, we have never quarrelled about this because they (Christians in the peninsula) never use the word, so why irritate other people, it won’t hurt them not to use the word Allah.
“They have never used it before. Those who use it are in Sabah and Sarawak, there is no objection. But here in the peninsula, why do we want to find a cause to quarrel,” he told reporters at the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) New Year open house today.
Dr Mahathir said the people, regardless of their religion, had managed to live together in peace in the country and that any that annoyed others was not a good thing.
Last Friday, Catholic weekly Herald editor Rev Father Lawrence Andrew, said that the Catholic churches in Selangor would continue to use the word Allah in their weekend services in Bahasa Malaysia, which is primarily attended by East Malaysians.