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PRESS STATEMENT FROM PARTI SOLIDARITI TANAHAIRKU (STARSABAH) SEPANGGAR PARLIAMENTARY COORDINATOR KENNY CHUA
11 March 2021
KOTA KINABALU: Parti Solidariti Tanahairku (StarSabah) urges all parties especially politicians to treat the issue on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims in the country with care as it could disrupt peace and harmony among Malaysians.
The party’s Sepanggar coordinator Kenny Chua said all parties must acknowledge and respect the fact that Malaysia is a multi-religious and multi-racial country.
“Malaysia is a nation of people of all races and religions. For so long, this has been our strength and we’re proud of it. And Sabah has been said as the best example of what it means to co-exist in harmony despite our differences.
“About this issue on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims, let’s all treat it with utmost care. We’re all part of this nation like one big family,” he said after meeting residents in Wijaya Park in Darau together with the City Hall in response to their complaints about drainage and flood issues, Thursday.
He was commenting the High Court’s ruling that that the use of the word Allah by non-Muslims all over Malaysia was allowed.
The ruling quashed the 1986 ban on the use of “Allah,” which means God, as well as Baituallah (house of God)”, “Solat (prayer)” and “Kaabah.”
However, PAS and Umno later have said they wanted to appeal against the ruling.
Chua added StarSabah has been consistent in its effort in building communities in the state that are respectful of one another’s race and religious beliefs.
“Just ask any Sabahan, everyone rejects any form of extremism. We will always go our way in defending our racial and religious harmony.
“I’d say no other states, except for Sabah and Sarawak, where in one family there are members of different faith and race.
“For StarSabah, this means progress,” Chua added.