Pakatan to decide on ‘Allah’ issue next week

G Vinod | January 3, 2013
Anwar says the matter would be deliberated at the opposition pact's leadership council meeting scheduled for next Tuesday.
PETALING JAYA: The Pakatan Rakyat leadership will be holding a meeting on Jan 8 to deliberate on use of the word “Allah” to represent God in Malay language Bibles, said PKR supremo Anwar Ibrahim.

“We have will be holding our leadership council meeting next week and I believe the matter will be raised. We will discuss this,” said the former deputy prime minister.

Last month, DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng urged the government to allow Christians to use the word “Allah”, to address God in the Malay language Bibles.

However, his suggestion drew criticism from several Muslim-based NGOs which cautioned Lim not to provoke the Muslims.

Lim was also rebuked by his ally within Pakatan when PAS information chief Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said that non-Muslims should abstain from using the word Allah in their holy books as reference to God.

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