Muslim group says it will hold 'mega demonstration' if priest does not apologise

Muslim group says it will hold 'mega demonstration' if priest does not apologise
Malaysian Muslim activists shout slogans during a rally after Malaysian Islamic authorities seized hundreds of Bibles from a Christian group over the use of the word "Allah" in Klang, outside Kuala Lumpur on January 5, 2014.

KLANG - A coalition of Muslim non-governmental organisations, Klang Muslim Solidarity Secretariat, gathered at the Sultan Sulaiman Stadium on Sunday to protest the use of the word "Allah" by Christians.

The coalition was protesting a statement allegedly made by Catholic priest and editor of The Herald weekly Father Lawrence Andrew, who had reportedly said that churches in Selangor would continue to use the word 'Allah' in reference to God in their weekend services.

His remark sparked protests from several Muslim non-governmental bodies, including Selangor Umno members.

UMNO Kapar division deputy chief Datuk Saroni Judi said Sunday that Father Lawrence must apologise or face a "mega-demonstration" displaying their dissatisfaction.

The issue came to the fore after the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) officers raided and seized 351 copies of Bahasa Malaysia and Iban language versions of the Bible which contained the word 'Allah' from the Bible Society of Malaysia on Thursday.

Jais had earlier reminded all churches in Selangor to comply with the prohibition on the use of the word 'Allah' as provided for under the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

"This is us Muslims giving our support to Jais to conduct raids and uphold the law against churches so that the latter complies with state laws," Saroni said.

Meanwhile, Muslim NGO Jati secretary general Norman Toha said that the group was there in peace.

"This is not war against Christians, it is only against Lawrence.

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