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“Allah” issue: The battle over Bahasa

“Allah” issue: The battle over Bahasa

The “Allah” issue is likely to spark partisan jockeying and deep division until we build consensus on a fundamental question. Is our national language of Bahasa Melayu – or is it Bahasa Malaysia – the language of all Malaysians or does it just belong to those who profess Islam and practice Malay customs?

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Allah and the Malay language

Allah and the Malay language

(Blackboard pic by ilco / sxc.hu) IF the church were to agree to the ban of the word “Allah” for non-Muslims, would this solve our problems? The answer is no. Religious authorities in the West Malaysian states have banned more than the word “Allah”. In Pahang and Malacca, the word “nabi” (prophet) is banned, making [...]

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The language of equality

The language of equality

(Background pic by Sophokles; Queen Elizabeth I pic public domain. Source: Wiki commons) NOT surprisingly, the debate on the reversal of the English for Teaching Science and Mathematics (known by its Malay acronym PPSMI) policy is largely framed as a zero-sum choice between English and the so-called “mother tongue” languages. Many opponents of the reversal [...]

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Maths and science to revert to BM (Updated 5.52pm)

Maths and science to revert to BM (Updated 5.52pm)

Updated 5.52pm, 8 July 2009 PUTRAJAYA, 8 July 2009: The teaching of science and mathematics will be reversed to Bahasa Malaysia, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announced today. He also said the teaching of the two subjects in vernacular schools would be conducted in their mother tongue. The policy change, he added, would [...]

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The problem with the “Allah” ban

The problem with the “Allah” ban

IT is bewildering that a gazette on such a significant matter of public interest as the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims was issued and then rescinded just 24 hours after it was announced. Did not Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar spot the mistake in the ruling, which he signed? The gazette, [...]

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Handling of “Allah” usage disappointing

COUNCIL of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) Youth is disappointed and deeply regrets the Home Ministry’s lack of order and clarity in its handling of the restriction over the usage of “Allah”, involving the Bahasa Malaysia edition of the Roman Catholic Church’s publication Herald. The lack of order and clarity is obvious from the earlier prohibition [...]

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