Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz, Minister in Prime Minister Department

Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz is wrong to say there cannot be two set of laws and rules to deal with ‘Allah’ said Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz.

“If that’s the case, we might as well close down the Syariah (courts) and use civil (courts) only,” he said yesterday after attending a Ponggal festival, reported The Star – the national daily.

Nazri argued that if Jakim director-general Datuk Wan Mohamad Sheikh Abdul Aziz wanted Christians from east Malaysia to respect the culture and norms of Muslims in the peninsula, which had enactments barring non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”, he should respect east Malaysians who use the word “Allah” in their church.

However, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said Nazri Aziz’s statement that Christians in Sabah and Sarawak should be allowed to use “Allah” was his own opinion not official government position.