Published on: Sunday, February 03, 2013
Penampang: The Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak must continue to support the present Barisan Nasional (BN) government if they do not want this country to become an Islamic state, said Tan Sri Bernard Dompok.
The Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister and Upko President said there is actually no reason for them to fear the BN going anywhere near what opposition PAS is planning to do when it comes to power.
"But I think the Christian community also recognises the present Government as always trying its best to see that the interests of everybody is looked after É (because) if you look at the alternative, what is it?," he said, when asked to comment on a news portal report quoting a local university researcher that Sabah and Sarawak are no longer a fixed deposit for BN because the Christian community in the two states have risen up against the coalition.
"You know like the 'Allah' issue raised by (DAP) Lim Guan Eng, actually this is already a non-issue," said Dompok, who is also Penampang MP, during the Penampang-level BN annual Chinese New Year walkabout in Lido, Saturday.
The Government has actually solved the said issue by allowing the importation and also reprinting of the Bibles into the State, he said.
"If you are allowed to import then certainly you are allowed to use it Éso it is already a non-issue," he added.
"Of course what happened was that all the opposition got together and said okay you can use the word 'Allah'. But three days later, PAS changed its mind.
"And there was a time when (DAP) Karpal Singh said the Hudud law over his dead body.
But they do not want to respect his body because the next day they said tak boleh (cannot) and that they want to implement it because they have already done so in Kelantan.
"And this is the thing that PAS wants because religion is part of their constitution or their core business," said Dompok.
"So once a party like PAS comes to power, believe me, there is going to be a move towards getting an Islamic state in this country and I think all of us will not want that Ébecause Malaysia was formed on secularism and not as an Islamic state."
He believed this is the reason why the Christian community must support the present Government if it does not want an Islamic state.
"There is no reason for the Christian community to fear the BN going anywhere near what the PAS is going to do.