Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka, City Centre – The request by the publisher of the Malaysian Catholic Herald to use the word “Allah” in its weekly publications has done much collateral damage to our socio-religious harmony.
Race and religion are the two weakest points of the Malaysian society. It is the prime foundation of our country’s progress. Without social order, the nation can not be administered effectively.
This kalimah “Allah” incident is the works of a group with interests. They are poking the bee hive with a purpose of creating chaos.
Chaos is one of the diversionary methods of destroying the enemy. Based on the Malaysian history, the eruption of ethnic chaos in this country might lead to detrimental consequences if not curbed.
It is just too shallow for the Muslims react emotionally by committing sacrilegious acts such as burning churches . We, Malaysians are supposed to be smarter than that. Before pointing fingers, we should first clear our conscience and try to read between the lines, “why is this issue being brought up now and not before?
What is really the hidden agenda to this issue? Who is the planner of the agenda? The persons or group who flared up this issue must have a plan to achieve their ulterior motive because logically anyone knows that religious matters are not meant to be played around with.
As we know, the Malaysian society is consisted of an eclectic combination of ethnic backgrounds. Each group of societies have different interests and preferences. They all have their own principles and demands to defend as citizens of Malaysia.
We may be blaming the other for not understanding our interests and norms. However, rather than fiercely championing human rights, in this aspect we should practice empathy and compromise. It is the only way we can ever live together without sacrificing our right to live in convenience.
Even though we have the freedom of fighting for our rights, it should not be at the expense of another’s rights. We must not exceed our boundaries and given space. Sensitive issues should be handled with wisdom or be left unperturbed.
Therefore, Malaysians, I summon us all to stop this enmity and defy the provocation for the sake of our unity! May God save us!