Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador warned that stern action would be taken against those who planned to take to the streets to protest against the High Court’s decision over the “Allah” issue.
Hamid said this included using the Sedition Act.
“If we do not respect the court’s decision, our country will be destroyed. We must remember that the court is free to come to a decision in line with the constitution.
“We cannot expect the court to rule according to our whims and fancies, as it would be unfair. If you are not satisfied with the decision, file an appeal or raise the matter in Parliament.
“Don’t take to the streets,” he told reporters here today.
Last night, Umno Supreme Council member Mohd Razlan Rafii said Muslims were prepared to take to the streets if the government failed to act on the High Court’s decision to allow non-Muslims to use “Allah”, the Arabic term for God.
Razlan said the Perikatan Nasional government led by Muhyiddin Yassin had yet to appeal the decision.
On Wednesday, the Kuala Lumpur High Court ruled that Christians can use “Allah” in their books and in religious education.
High Court Judge Nor Bee Ariffin, in allowing a judicial review by a Sarawakian Christian, said a Dec 5, 1986 home ministry directive prohibiting the use of certain words by non-Muslims was illegal and unconstitutional, adding that it was wrongly issued as it went beyond the aim of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
Home minister Hamzah Zainudin said they will decide on what to do next after receiving the written judgment from the High Court. – FMT