P Ramakrishnan takes to task Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria for his preposterous remarks on the Allah controversy.
When God is politicised we are in big trouble. That is what is happening in Malaysia. And that’s why we are in such a big mess.
We cannot escape from pursuing a broad-minded vision of religion that celebrates diversity and emphasises the shared values and other similarities across faiths, writes Pak Sako.
Public intellectuals must raise the voice of reason and take a public stand on this issue even risking their own reputations or careers, says Asghar Ali Engineer.
The controversy over the use of “Allah” by non-Muslims appears to be an attempt by the Muslim right-wing to ‘privatise’ the word – something that no progressive Muslim country has done, writes Tota.
Looking at the recent controversies in Malaysia, Soon Chuan Yean wonders whether he should toss out his political science training and contemplate the possibility of a grand conspiracy theory.
Yang dikhuatiri dan menyedihkan adalah, kemungkinan besar kesemuanya ini tidak berkaitan langsung dengan penggunaan perkataan Allah tetapi sudah ada agenda sendiri, agenda politik yang cuba melaga-laga dan memecah-belahkan rakyat berbilang kaum, fahaman politik dan agama, ulas Nasir Hashim.