Some good news at long last. Just got a call from The Herald editor, Fr Lawrence Andrew.
The Herald has received its new annual publishing permit – without any condition! Nothing mentioned about the use of the word “Allah”; and no order for it to drop its Malay-language section.
The new permit was hand-delivered to the Herald office today, on a Sunday. Imagine, a government dept working on a Sunday 🙂
Praise the Lord!
To those who were not aware of this issue, The Herald is a weekly newsletter which is for private circulation to the Catholic churches in Malaysia. It is printed in four languages, i.e. Bahasa Malaysia, Tamil, Mandarin and English. In the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible, God is referred as Allah and Lord is referred as Tuhan. So, in The Herald, there is mention of Allah. Recently, our Deputy Internal Security Minister quoted (or demanded) that the Bahasa Malaysia section be taken away and he went on to claim that only Muslims can use the term Allah so as not to confuse the Muslims. You can read some of my opinions on the use of Allah by Catholics on this matter. I have closed the comment on the other post to avoid further arguments.
One of the thing that I often pray is to ask the Lord to give me the wisdom to know when to shut up and to have the courage when I have to talk. I think it is futile to argue on this issue on who has the rights and who has no rights. Instead, we should all be glad that we actually have the faith to believe in the Almighty.