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 ICC Note: Recent edicts in Malaysia have forbidden the use of the word Allah by Christians, and some have encouraged Christian sot recognize the supremacy of Islam or emigrate. This trend is opposed by Christians, human rights activists, and Classical Liberals in Malaysia. The Malyasian Insider reports that a parliamentary effort to restore Christian rights was rejected. 
11/20/2013 Malaysia (The Malaysian Insider) – Sarawak DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen’s (pic) motion to discuss the erosion of Sarawak’s rights in the Malaysia Agreement and the rights of Sarawak Christians to use the word “Allah” nationwide was rejected by the state legislative assembly today as part of the motion was tantamount to being sub judice.
Assembly speaker Datuk Seri Mohd Asfia Awang Nassar, in rejecting the motion, said matters which were before the courts could not be discussed in the assembly.
The Catholic Church recently filed an appeal to the Federal Court on its right to use the word “Allah” in its weekly, “Herald”, after the Court of Appeal last month upheld the Home Ministry’s ban against the use of the word.
Asfia said a discussion on the right to use the word “Allah” by Sarawak Christians in the assembly might prejudice the case.
He also dismissed the motion as the word count used in drafting motion exceeded the 250-word limit, adding that it was not definite.
Chong, the Kota Sentosa assemblyman, had wanted to discuss the erosion of Sarawak’s rights in the Malaysia Agreement, the right of Sarawak Christians to use the word “Allah” anywhere in Malaysia and to demand an increase in the oil and gas royalty.
He said that after 50 years in the federation of Malaysia, Umno, the main component party in the ruling Barisan Nasional, had forgotten the principles and spirit of the Malaysia Agreement, which recognised Sarawak as an equal partner in the federation and the special rights and autonomy enshrined within.
Chong said: “Umno’s disregard for Sarawak as equal partner in the federation takes the form of unfair allocation of development funds for Sarawak and even the ban on Christians from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to their God.
“Though there is a federal cabinet decision allowing Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, there continues to be harassment by some in the government sector in this regard.
“Furthermore, Sarawak Christians residing or working in the peninsula are not allowed to use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God,” Chong said.
“This development has undermined Sarawakians’ rights under the Malaysia Agreement and the Federal Constitution.

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