Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s forthright comments a few days that his predecessor should not have banned the word “Allah” from being used by the Catholic Church is most welcomed.
Given such admission by Hishammuddin, the logical and right decision that the Cabinet should make is to resolve the issue by withdrawing the government’s appeal against the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruling upholding the Catholic Church’s constitutional right to print the word “Allah” in its newspaper on December 31, 2009.
It is most disappointing therefore that the Cabinet has instead imposed gag order on this issue.
Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said yesterday that it was not a matter to be debated and the court's jurisdiction over it must be respected.
He added that nothing good could come from the issue being openly debated and that it could never be resolved that way.
Has Muhyiddin forgotten what he himself has said a few days ago?
When launching the Kibar Jalur Gemilang campaign in Perlis on August 2, he had said that the country's foundation had to be strengthened with mutual respect for all races and religions.
Is this not a very clear case of " cakap tidak serupa bikin"?
Does not Muhyiddin believe that the nation’s inter racial and inter religious harmony can be strengthened by the Cabinet’s dropping of the Court appeal?
Does he not see that the continued ban on the “Allah “usage is also in conflict with 1 Malaysia slogan and will divide Malaysians?
Hishammuddin has said that the “Allah” ban will continue to haunt his ministry “for a very long time.”
Cabinet’s decision not to drop the Court appeal will in fact allow the issue to haunt the nation for a very long time.
The Cabinet should do what is logical, necessary and right—to drop the government’s appeal against the High Court decision on “Allah” ban.