The matter of whether Christians can or cannot used the word Allah is not a matter for merely Muslims and Christians.
Considering that the Sikhs have been referring to Allah as God must bode well for religious ties in this country. Of course UMNO and their hate blogs can’t see this oppurtunity, and instead have begun the finger pointing.
The way to end this once and for all, is to have a referendum. A simple referendum that will pose this question to every registered voter in Malaysia:
“Does the government have a right to deny the usage of the word ‘Allah’ to non-Muslims? “
This is not a religious issue, to consider it a matter for Islam, means we’ve already assumed that the word Allah ‘belongs’ to Muslims. It does not belong to anyone, the last time I checked there was no Trademark on Allah. This is a matter for which every strata of society have a say, to make their voice heard.
When churches are being torched, the Hindus , the Buddhist, the Taoist and even Agnostics and Atheist have a say. This is a simple matter of the rights of the minority in a Muslim Majority country.
All the debates can be had and the ceramahs, but at the end of the day, the referendum will prove the final showdown between bigotry and unity.
I’m not afraid. Even though Christians and Sikhs will make up less than 10% of the total vote. I’m not afraid, even though most people who do not bother much about this issue will not vote. I’m not afraid that some Christians view the usage of Allah as theologically unsound and vote YES on the referendum.
I’m not afraid because I strongly believe that the majority of Malays in this country (who by definition are Muslim), feel that the Government has gone overboard. They don’t feel threatened if Christians start using Allah, they are not as Myopic and childish as UMNO to believe that they can somehow claim property of Islam. They respect Islam much more than that.
I believe, that in a Referendum, where everybody gets equal voice no matter how loud you shout, we will finally here the voice of the majority, rather than the insignificant minority of bigots like Mahathir. These bigots hope that by shouting loudly, they can mask the actually feelings of my Malay brothers and sisters.
So let’s have the referendum, let’s see how Barisan does without the Sabah and Sarawak ‘fixed deposits’. Let’s see whether their 49% popular vote in Peninsular will remain or dwindle to nothingness and go missing like Jet Engines.
Let’s see if Najib has the balls to have a Referendum and let’s finish this debacle once and for all.
For all those who claim to speak for the Malays, you should support this move. After all Malays make up more than 60% of the country. All you need is the Malay vote and you’re fine, you don’t even need the non-Malay vote for this. Or are you now questioning your position considering nobody bothered to protest throughout the whole country?
I think Kanna Curry House in Jalan Gasing got more customers for Friday lunch, than this supposedly ‘strong’ protest had protestors. Which basically says, that more Malaysians are concerned about some delicious fish curry then denying Allah to the non-Muslims.
Speaking of protestors: See the yellow placard behing the guy in Blue. It says: “Treat others the way that they wish to be treated” and the guy actually has a clenched fist. Which is good, because I want to be treated as a Malay in this country and get my 7% bumi discount and APs.
But I believe that his real intention was to say “Treat others the way that YOU wish to be treated”, this is the stupidity we’re up against. People who probably can’t speak english and who don’t know the difference between Protestants and Catholic churches. This is the stupidity of people who won’t even proof-read placards that may appear in the Newspaper. You’re telling me we can’t win a referendum against such stupidity.
I believe that Malaysia is at a turning point, the night is darkest just before the dawn, and a dawn is approaching.
UMNO will not last the next General election, that I can guaran-damn-tee. Pack your bags and head for the hills, boys, cause you won’t win anymore elections from here on it. You are nothing more than hate-spewing, divisive, egotistical bigots. You’d better be moving your ill-gotten gains of the country, for when you’re no longer in power…..the law will hunt your ass down.
So whaddaya say about the referendum? You with me.
That’s my 2 cents. Don’t spend it all in one place.