More reactions and commentaries (excerpts):
“Since different faiths have traditionally used “Allah” in this country, the government’s edict is in fact a signal that one community’s cultural traditions must take precedence over another. Worse, it’s indicating that it is the majority’s traditions and practices which are far more legitimate than the minority’s, driving yet another wedge between Malaysians.”
This reminds me of Sejarah in secondary school – zaman jahiliyah.
“…what’s stopping the Umno-led government from wanting to educate the ummah? Islam, after all, brought enlightenment to those who lived during zaman jahiliyah — the age of ignorance. If Umno is such a champion of Malay Muslims, why is it perpetuating this age of ignorance instead of educating Muslims while simultaneously respecting the rights of non-Muslims?”
Apabila fikiran terbuntu, saya berdoa kepada yang Maha Esa…
“Sebagai seorang Islam, hati kecil saya merasa bahawa sekarang kita hanya melihat wajah Islam yang penuh dengan kemarahan dan dendam. Dan saya memang buntu apabila berfikir bagaimana untuk mencari jalan keluar daripada kontroversi ini.”
A message to the PM…
“You couldn’t have asked for more perfect opportunity to prove that you are more than just a string of clever words. It was your chance to leave a legacy by uniting the nation to stand up against the real enemies – ignorance and fear.
Instead you did nothing, and by doing that, you turned us against each other.”
An appeal to Christians…
“Did Jesus not teach us to go beyond the letter of the law in our daily lives? Did he not tell us to do away with personal revenge? Did he not model his ministry base on love, care and empathy? Can you not find a compromise?”
“…we need to stop being like a “katak di bawah tempurung.” Get to know the larger world of Islam and understand that in the middle-east even from the time of the Prophet, Jews and Christians call God, Allah. We must learn not to monopolized Allah or the Arabic language.”