the exception of the Bible Society of Malaysia, which is not a spokesman of the church in any case but a Bible bookshop.
ethnicities were present on that occasion, 600 years before the Quran was compiled.
In the Malay-speaking world, portions of the Bible were first translated (in Indonesia) in 1612 in which the word God was translated as “Allah”.
Sub-clause 6A of Article 150 is clear: "nor shall Clause (6) validate any provision inconsistent with the provisions of this Constitution relating to any such matter or relating to religion…"
This plainly means freedom of religion remains protected and guaranteed by our Constitution even under emergency rule.
We are also acutely aware that freedom of religion is also a cornerstone of United Nations conventions on fundamental human rights and that the state should not intervene in matters of religion.
Sadly, last year the Court of Appeal reversed the High Court judgment by ruling that the use of the word “Allah” is not integral to Christianity.
Idris's contention is that Article 11 (4) allows for the various so-called State Islamic Enactments to "control or restrict the propagation of any religious doctrine or belief among persons professing the religion of Islam".
authorities started gazetting fatwas "prohibiting" non-Muslims from using a slew of words like “Allah”.
of the supremacy of the Constitution.
Many have called for Idris to resign from the cabinet over the 10-point solution.
But history repeats itself. Today, when Idris tries to preach religious tolerance, there are many who believe in him just as there are doubters.