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Sunday, 1 March 2009

No free speech in Malaysia

The Press Association reports that the Malaysian government will issue a new decree restoring a ban on Christian publications using the word “Allah” to refer to God, officials have said.

Home Affairs Minister Syed Hamid Albar said a 16 February decree, which let Christian publications use the word as long as they specified that the material was not for Muslims, was a mistake, the national Bernama news agency reported.

The about-turn came after Islamic groups slammed the government and warned that even conditional use of the word by Christians would anger Muslims in the largely Islamic country.

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1 comment:

Andy Armitage said...

By Allah! You can't use the word “Allah” unless you're a Muslim? Well, Allah be buggered! How in Allah's name didn't we all know that? (They can read this in Malaisia, can't they?)