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Malaysia's 'Allah' row is due to bad governance, says ex-minister

"This is an example of a silly policy made without care"

Malaysia's 'Allah' row is due to bad governance, says ex-minister

Putrajaya Mosque (picture: Wikimedia Commons)

Herald Malaysia reporter

September 20, 2013

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The court battle for the right to the word ‘Allah’ raging now between the Catholic Church and the Home Ministry is an example of Putrajaya’s ineptitude in making public policies, a former de facto law minister said on Sept 10.

Taking to Twitter as the Court of Appeal heard arguments from the Home Ministry and several Islamic groups to reverse a 2009 High Court ruling that the Arabic word is not exclusive to Muslims, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim suggested the religious dispute could have been settled peaceably if the government had taken more care in formulating its public policies.

“Getting the Court to solve the mess when it requires political solution, is not legal. This is an example of a silly policy made without care,” said the one-time minister tasked with reforming the law during the Abdullah administration. 

The outspoken lawyer-turned-politician has grown more prolific on the micro-blogging site recently in speaking out against a perceived spurt of creeping Islamisation in Malaysia’s bureaucracy. 

Religious and racial issues are inseparable in Malaysia where the dominant Malay community is also constitutionally defined as Muslims. 

Apart from the ‘Allah’ case, Zaid has also blamed the government for crafting “Arabic” leaning education policies, which have led to a racial imbalance among the student population in national schools as more Chinese and Indians opt to send their children to vernacular or even international schools. 

Full Story: 'Allah’ tussle due to ‘silly policy' made without care 

Source: Herald Malaysia

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