GEORGE TOWN - Penang police will investigate Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over his statement that non-Muslims in the state can use the word "Allah".
State police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Wira Abdul Rahim Hanafi said police had opened the investigation paper following a report lodged by a man, in his 40s, in Bukit Mertajam on Saturday.
"We will be calling the relevant people to assist in the investigations," he told a press conference at the northeast district police headquarters here before launching a crime prevention operation yesterday.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that the Bukit Mertajam Umno Youth had lodged a police report at the Seberang Prai Tengah district police headquarters in Bandar Perda over Lim's statement as being an interference in Islamic affairs in the state.
Lim was reported on Friday as saying that he had given permission to non-Muslims in the state to use the word "Allah".
He was quoted as saying that the prohibition on the use of the "Allah" word under the Administration of the Religion of Islam (State of Penang) Enactment 2004, was not applicable to non-Muslims in Penang.