Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said the word ‘Allah’ is allowed in Sabah and Sarawak as government accepts the fact that it has been historically used by natives in the two states in their religious services.
According to Nazri the Muslim communities in Sarawak and Sabah have been accustomed to this practice.
“Christians in Sarawak and Sabah need not worry over this issue because it is a common traditions there,” he said in an exclusive interview with Borneo Post on Thursday.
However, Churches in peninsula and Christians from the two states still being banned from using the word when they are in the peninsula side of Malaysia the Sarawak’s newspaper said.
Nazri said, when explaining the two set of rules for Allah: “the situation in peninsula Malaysia is different as Allah was only introduced into Christians worship and publications a few years ago.”
The Muslim in peninsular stressed Nazri cannot accept the word Allah being used by non-Muslims and questioned the motive behind the substitution of Malay word ‘Tuhan’ for ‘Allah’ by Christians.
“It is clearly stated in our constitution that no other religions can be propagated to Malay Muslim and this article has been enacted in all states with Sultan as Head of State,” Nazri Said.
He added “… this excludes Federal Territory, Penang, Melaka, Sarawak and Sabah.”
“In these state, for the ban on the use of Allah to be implemented the Home Ministry can use the Printing Act to enforce the ban.”