The Spanker agrees with Pakatan on this issue. The word Allah has been used by Malaysian Christians in their Malay Bible and devotional life for centuries. The basic Christian argument is that Christians in the Middle East have been using this phrase for thousands of years. A quick check on Wikipedia shows that ‘Allah' is used by Sikhs, Bahais, Mizrahi Jews and even pre-Islamic, pagan Arabs.
The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council (the umbrella body for Sikh temples) has stepped into the picture, saying any move to stop non-Muslims from using the word ‘Allah' in a religious text would be a restriction on Sikhs from practicing their religion as the phrase also appears in Sikh scriptures.
Lawyer Karpal Singh has pointed out that ‘Allah' appears 37 times in the Sikh holy book. Ever wonder why no one is explicitly calling for a ban of its usage there? It's because there is no way anybody would mistake the GuruGranth Sahib for the Quran.
The Spanker’s take? It’s a right guaranteed to us in Article 11 of our federal constitution which addresses freedom of religion.
To re-cap, the Sultan of Selangor has decreed that non-Muslims in the state have been barred from using “Allah”, saying it is a sacred word exclusive to Muslims.
A statement from Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) secretary Datuk Mohd Misri Idris said Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah had expressed shock and regret over DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng's recent statement urging the Government to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of the Bible.
The Ruler had called for an emergency meeting with officials of Mais, the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) and the Selangor mufti on Sunday.
“The Sultan made a decision and decreed that the word Allah' is a sacred word specific to Muslims and it is prohibited to be used by any non-Muslim in Selangor, as stated in a fatwa and gazetted on Feb 18, 2010,” Mohd Misri said.