Published: Tuesday January 8, 2013 MYT 2:29:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday January 8, 2013 MYT 4:03:30 PM
Selangor Sultan expresses regret over Guan Eng's 'Allah' statement
PETALING JAYA: The Sultan of Selangor has expressed his shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng's recent statement urging the Federal Government to allow the word "Allah" to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had called for an emergency meeting with members of the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais), Selangor mufti as well as high-ranking officials of Mais and Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) on Jan 6 over the matter.
"The Sultan of Selangor has made a decision and decreed that the word Allah is a sacred word specific for Muslims and prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim religion in Selangor as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on Feb 18, 2010," Mais secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said in a statement Tuesday.
He said the Sultan had released the same fatwa regarding the use of the word "Allah" three years ago when the issue first surfaced.
"Tuanku is disappointed that the decree was taken lightly by some parties and the same issue brought up again," he said in a statement.
Mohd Misri said Sultan Sharafuddin has instructed Mais and Jais to take stern action against anyone, whether non-Muslim or Muslim, who questioned the fatwa released according to the provisions of law in Selangor.
He said Section 9 of the Non-Muslim Enactment 1988 clearly prohibited the use of the word "Allah" from being used by non-Muslims in anything related to their religion.
"They can be charged with disobeying this provision," he said.