..In KOTA KINABALU, churches in Sabah said they are concerned that the ban on the use of Allah by the Court of Appeal could lead to an overall restriction in its usage.
Sabah Council of Churches president Bishop Datuk Thomas Tsen said the ruling was “not something unexpected”.
However, he said, the church “finds it completely unacceptable that what is common practice of the Church in Sabah and Sarawak for hundreds of years and indeed for generations of Christians even before the very idea of Malaysia was conceived are now proscribed by administrative orders and laws.”
He said the word “Allah” was an integral part of, and inherent to the practice of the Christian faith by Bahasa Malaysia-speaking churches in Sabah and Sarawak and Christians in both states.
Tsen noted that 1.6 million bumiputra Christians in Sabah and Sarawak used the Bahasa Malaysia language of worship in addition to their native languages. They formed about two-thirds of the Christian population in the country.
“Proscribing the use of the word “Allah” would turn them into law-breakers in the very land which they are the sons of the soil,” Tsen said.
source: The Star