“You must remember that the country does not belong to the Muslims. There are things that sometimes non-Muslims do, for example, gambling. It is their culture, their way of life and we have to respect their rights.”
“Jangan semua undang-undang berdasarkan keperluan orang Islam sahaja.”
MINISTER in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Aziz, commenting on opposition to the government’s move to legalise sports betting. (Source: Respect non-Muslim rights: Nazri, theSun, 20 Jun 2010)
“If you do want to use the word God in Bahasa Malaysia, God is Tuhan. I don’t understand why you want to use Allah.
“The Malay word for God is Tuhan. Of course Muslims are not satisfied … ”
Nazri, objecting to non-Muslims use of the word Allah in Bahasa Malaysia to refer to God. He questioned the purpose of the Catholic Church’s insistence in using “Allah”, saying the church was “irresponsible” and “looking for trouble”. (Source: Nazri: Judge was wrong in ‘Allah’ decision, Malaysian Insider, 5 Jan 2010)
“ … I would think that Christians in Sarawak and Sabah need not worry over [the use of the word ‘Allah’ for God] because it is a common tradition there. I have been to an Iban church service and I heard the ‘Allah’ used there.
“We don’t care what you do in Sarawak and Sabah, but don’t bring to Semenanjung. It’s entirely different culture for us.”
Nazri, in an interview on the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims. Nazri claimed that Christians had not used “Allah” to refer to God in peninsular Malaysia. (Source: Face to face with Nazri on “Allah” issue, Borneo Post, 16 Jan 2010)
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