Use of word ‘Allah’ clearly spelt in 10-point solution, says PM

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(The Star) – The use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims must be in accordance with the Federal and State Islamic laws, said Prime Mi­­nister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said the matter was clearly spelt in the 10-point solution which had been agreed on by the Federal Government in April 2011.

Najib, who is also Umno president, said the supreme council ack­nowledged the 10-point solution, but any decision or issues raised that involved Islam would have to be based on Federal and state Islamic laws.

“For states with (Islamic) enactment, then these laws must take precedence.

“For states with no such enactment such as Sabah and Sarawak, the existing practice applies,” he told reporters after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting yesterday.

Najib said one of the points in the 10-point solution gave recognition that any issue raised must be based on the Federal and state Islamic laws.

According to Point Nine, the Government reiterated its commitment to work with different religious groups to address inter-religious issues and work towards the fulfilment of all religious aspirations in accordance with the Constitution, taking into account the other relevant laws of the country.

On Thursday, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluuddin said the Cabinet decided that the seizure of Bibles by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) remained a state issue that should be resolved by the Selangor Govern­ment and that the 10-point solution could not supercede the state enactment.

On Jan 2, Jais seized more than 300 copies of Malay and Iban language Bibles from the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia during a raid.