Lawyers send letter to MAIS over decree

(The Star) – The Selangor Islamic Reli­gious Council (MAIS) has received a letter by a group of lawyers over the decree by the Sultan of Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah to ban non-Muslims in the state from using the word “Allah”.

The lawyers are claiming that this conflicted with a decision made by the High Court and Government.

MAIS corporate communication head Rohana Hassan, who confirmed receiving the letter, said the lawyers attached exhibits as evidence to prove that a settlement on the matter had been reached and it should not have resurfaced.

“We have not really gone through the documents as we only received them after office hours on Wednes­day.

“The council will issue a press statement once everything is finalised,” Rohana said.

MAIS secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris reportedly said Sultan Shara­fuddin had expressed shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s recent statement urging the Government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.

Perkasa, meanwhile, urged the institution of the Malay rulers to take action on the matter to preserve the sanctity of Islam.

Its president Datuk Ibrahim Ali said it was only ideal that the institution act on the issue.

Umno Veterans Club secretary Datuk Mustapha Yaakub urged the Opposition political parties to stop abusing the word “Allah” to garner votes.