The Christian community in Malaysia is gravely dismayed and very disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the power of the Minister to ban the use of the word Allah in the Herald publication.
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.
Who determines one’s faith – the individual or the NRD? It is obvious that it has to be the individual concerned. The National Registration Department has no business to disagree when a person lays claim to a certain faith.
Martin Jalleh highlights excerpts from a Bob Teoh article reporting on how some Sabah bumiputera Christians with the terms ‘bin’ and ‘binti’ encounter problems when the National Registration Department deems them to be Muslim.