Several independent UN human rights experts have urged the Malaysian government to reverse its decision to ban the Herald from using the word Allah, reports the UN News Centre.
As the word Allah is part of the lyrics in several state anthems, the Prime Minister is obliged to clarify his position on this matter, says P Ramakrishnan.
Umno’s identity politics has blurred reason and put the nation in a regressive trap and the solution requires a innovative shift in perspective, says Ronald Benjamin.
If the rule of law and not the whims and fancies of the government is to be upheld, the contradiction between the court judgment and the government’s 10-Point Agreement must be resolved, says Dr Ronnie Ooi.
A bizarre Malaysian court case encapsulates Malaysia’s identity politics, reports Waleed Aly of the Sydney Morning Herald.
The three judgments are poorly reasoned, the law misread and the conclusions reached would baffle any right-thinking student anywhere in the common law, says Tommy Thomas.
Charles Hector wonders whether the Allah controversy, like many other ethnic or religious issues, is being used to divert attention away from the very real concerns facing Malaysians.
This ‘Allah’ episode has showcased the paranoia of the ruling elites over the possibility of losing their grip over the majority community, observes Teo Sue Ann.
The so-called champions of Islam have been very vocal in the issue of Allah. Foremost among them are Ibrahim Ali and Zulkifli Noordin, president and vice-president of Perkasa respectively.
Christopher Chong reflects on the Allah judgment and its implications for the political health of the nation.