SHAH ALAM, 14 Oct: The decision of the court of Appeal to prevent Catholic churches from using the word ‘Allah’ in their Malay-Language weekly, The Herald, is not an excuse for any party to create religious tension, hostility and hatred.
PKR Information Chief, Dr Muhammad Nur Manuty said tensions that have arose due to the use of the word ‘Allah’ which is racist and extreme should be stopped immediately so that the tension will not grow.
He said that there should be more frequent meetings between religious leaders, politicians and non-governmental organisations to enhance tolerance and mutual respect between the different religions in this country.
“Prior to this, not many meetings had taken place to alleviate mistrust between each other.
“If more meetings are held, this tension can certainly be reduced,” said Dr Manuty when contacted by TVSelangor.
Dr Manuty said inter-religious dialogues should be increased in aims to improve the space of tolerance allowed to better understand each other.
Member of Parliament for Parit Buntar, Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa said the court’s decision should not affect the good relations between religions in the country.
“When the court has decided, all parties should respect the decision.
“This is not a reason for relations between religions to become tense,” said Dr Mujahid when contacted by TVSelangor.
Dr Mujahid said when a meeting between religious leaders is held, it can avoid racist and religious prejudiced parties taking advantage of the situation to create religious conflict.
“The effect of the court’s decision will hopefully continue discussions and reinforce our determination for a peaceful atmosphere to increase dialogues and so on,” Dr Mujahid said.