Tuesday, 10 March 2009

非回教徒不准用Allah字眼‧檳沙砂直將頒佈禁令, Remaining states to gazette ruling for non-Muslim publications

KUALA LUMPUR: The four states which have yet to gazette a ruling prohibiting non-Muslim publications from using the word “Allah” will soon follow suit once the Conference of Rulers issues them a guideline on the matter.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Penang, the Federal Territory, Sabah and Sarawak would soon gazette the ruling as part of their state enactments on Islamic matters.
“These four states are without rulers. Hence, Islam is under the King’s jurisdiction. It (gazetting of the ruling) will be done very soon.
“They will follow the guidelines to be determined by the Conference of Rulers,” he told reporters after the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at Dataran Merdeka here yesterday.
It was reported that action could be taken against non-Muslim publications, including the Catholic weekly The Herald in 10 states if they were found to be using four words related to Islam, which included “Allah.”
Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Kelantan, Tereng-ganu, Kedah, Perlis and Selangor have made the ruling part of their state enactments on Islamic matters.
A fatwa had been issued to prohibit non-Muslim publications from using the words “Allah,” “Kaabah,” “Solat” and “Baitullah” in reading materials.
The Catholic church has applied for a judicial review over the use of the word “Allah,” seeking to quash the decision of the Internal Security Minister (now Home Minister) in a letter on Feb 12, which imposed conditions on the publishing permit of The Herald.
大馬
即時新聞 2009-03-09 16:26
(吉隆坡)掌管宗教事務的首相署部長拿督斯里阿末扎希表示,政府將在近日內對4個沒有奉行蘇丹制度的州屬,頒佈非回教徒禁用“Allah”(阿拉)字眼的禁令。
他今日(週一,3月9日)出席回教先知誕慶典後在新聞發佈會上指出,除了檳城、沙巴、砂拉越和聯邦直轄區(吉隆坡及納閩)外,全國10個州屬已立法禁止非回教徒使用“Allah”字眼。
他說,國內4個沒有奉行蘇丹制度的州屬屬國家元首管轄權限,政府將在短期內依據馬來統治者理事會的指南程序,頒佈全國禁止非回教徒使用“Allah”字眼的決定。
阿末扎希較早前在國會下議院表示,禁用“Allah”字眼無需通過舉證解決,因此不應交由議會或法庭做出判決。
他當時說,由於國家憲法3(2)條文闡明蘇丹是回教首長,因此“Allah”使用權的問題應交由馬來統治者決定。星洲互動‧2009.03.09