By Nur Ashikin Louis
KUCHING, May 19: Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS) is the reason why Sarawak is the only State in Malaysia greenlighted by Prime Minister Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim to use the word ‘Allah’, says Batu Kitang assemblyman Lo Khere Chiang.
Lo said without the formidable presence of GPS, Sarawak may have also been denied the usage of the term ‘Allah’.
The High Court on March 10, 2021 ruled that Christians nationwide can use the word ‘Allah’ and other words – ‘kaabah’, ‘solat’ and ‘baitullah’ – in their religious publication for educational purposes.
However, Anwar on May 16, reportedly had clarified that the use of ‘Allah’ in Christian publications was limited to Sarawak alone and would not affect other states in Malaysia.
Following this, Lo also questioned Sarawak Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) absence in fighting for Sarawakians’ right to use the word ‘Allah’.
“Let us take a moment of silence to reflect upon this situation. Why did we elect DAP into Parliament if they are unable to safeguard our rights? Were it not for GPS, Sarawak would be unable to use the term ‘Allah’ either,” he said at a press conference held at Sarawak Legislative Assembly (DUN) Complex here today.
Lo thus called out Sarawakians to direct their votes toward GPS in future elections, as GPS’ representatives are the only ones capable and committed to upholding Sarawak’s welfare, protecting Sarawak’s rights and pushing forward agendas like development, Unified Examination Certificate (UEC), and the Malaysia Agreement 1963.
“Most importantly, GPS has complete loyalty to Sarawak, unlike DAP Sarawak who has to answer to its political masters in West Malaysia.
“DAP has indeed fallen short of its voters’ expectations,” he emphasised.
Also present were Kota Sentosa assemblyman Wilfred Yap and Tanjong Batu assemblyman Johnny Pang. – DayakDaily