Ladies & gentlemen, please fasten your seatbelts, observe the ‘No smoking’ sign and, if you’re Christian, please make sure to leave Allah behind

I had tea with some UMNO people early this week. They confirmed that UMNO was behind the initial church attacks.

The Peoples’ Parliament

This will soon be the standard announcement by the lead flight attendant on all domestic flights leaving Sabah or Sarawak for West Malaysia.

Malaysiakini reports today that the federal govenrment has relented and agreed that “Christians in the two Malaysian Borneo states can continue to use the term ‘Allah’ for God in Malay print as they have done for the last 300 years” but East Malaysians residing in West Malaysia will have to abide by the “Allah for Muslims only” prohibition.

Minister Nazri explained this latest mind-blogging stance of the federal government.

“Christians in Sabah and Sarawak need not worry over this issue because it is a common tradition there. I have been to an Iban church service and I heard ‘Allah’ used there,”, Nazri explained.

The government’s chief court jester then proceeded into his usual habit of placing both of his feet into his mouth.

On why the different positions for East and West Malaysia, this clown proffered that “the situation in the Peninsula is different as ‘Allah’ was only introduced into Christian worship and publication a few years ago”.

“Muslims in Peninsular Malaysia cannot accept it as ‘Allah’ was never used in Christian preaching until recently and they questioned the motive behind the substitution of Tuhan for ‘Allah’.”, was his explanation.

On this explanation, can it then be taken that the Sikhs in West Malaysia are free to continue to use ‘Allah’ which has been in their liturgy, so I’m told, for as long as the faith has been practised?

And if so, why can’t the Christians here do likewise?