Penang, January 30, Jasmine Ahmed: The Christians in Malaysia have passed a controversial time these days. Western Christian leaders some time ignore them, fearful of offending their Muslim Partners in a futile and self congratulatory “dialogue”. It is reported that Malaysia Churches are igniting fears of more violence as a religious dispute over the use of the word “Allah” rages.
Church’s priest Dominic Santhiyagu said that an unidentified assailant hurled the petrol bombs at a shrine fronting the Church of the Assumption in the northern state of Penang. But the incident steered memories of wave of such attacks on please of worship-mostly Churches 4 years ago during an earlier bout of division over the dispute majority country.They say the word- which also is used by Malay Muslims to refer to the Islamic Creator- is exclusive to their religion and must not be used by non- Muslim in multiracial Malaysia.
Muslim ethnic Malays make up more than 60% of the country’s 28 million people, which also during sizable Chins, Indian and other minorities, about 2.6 million people in Malaysia are Christians. Christians officials speculated the banners and petrol bombs could be the work of provocateurs seeking to further inflame the “Allah” dispute.