Published: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 5:10:00 PM
Updated: Wednesday January 9, 2013 MYT 5:13:45 PM
Council of Churches to continue using 'Allah'
PETALING JAYA: The Council of Churches (CCM) will continue to use the word "Allah" in the Malay version of the Bible, said the heads of churches of the council.
In a statement Wednesday, the council noted that Malaysian Christians have been using the word in their Malay Bible and devotional life for centuries.
"Also, many indigenous communities in our nation have incorporated this word in their everyday language.
"That being the case, we shall continue this practice, and call on all parties to respect this fundamental right," the statement read.
They added that the practice was a right "guaranteed to us in our Federal Constitution" under Article 11, which addresses freedom of religion.
Two days ago, Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah decreed that non-Muslims in the state were barred from using "Allah", as it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.
Hours after the decree was announced, PAS and its allies in the Opposition pact took a common stand that the word "Allah" could be used by anyone as long as it was not misused against the Muslim community.