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.
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.
The truly moral are those with an un-severable connection to other human beings, via the ability to empathise with another’s sufferings, writes Douglas Teoh.
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.
An academic and a religious scholar have reacted with incredulity towards the Court of Appeal’s ruling that the word Allah was exclusive to Muslims.
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.