07 January, 2010

Najib: Government cannot stop people from gathering at mosques tomorrow to protest against a court decision !

Malaysiakini reported that Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today the government cannot stop people from gathering at mosques tomorrow to protest against a court decision which had allowed the Christian publication Herald to use to term 'Allah'.

"We cannot stop them if they want to congregate in mosques," said Najib, when asked if the government was practising double standards in handling demonstrations.

However, he stressed that the gatherings should be confined to the mosque compound and he hoped that it will not spill over to "something more serious".

Najib said he hoped that there would be "minimal" protests tomorrow as to not cause tension in the country as he wanted the matter to be resolved through the courts.

"We should take the attitude that the matter should be resolved through the court in an amicable way. We should not raise the tension levels in this country," he said.

Several Muslim-based organisations plan to stage a demonstration tomorrow to protest against the use of the word "Allah" by other religions.


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