In response to the post, Blind Men And Elephant, Ramanathan wrote:
Perhaps the elephants and the blind men comparison could be applied in another way: “The Mouse that wants to be thought of as an Elephant.”
By using images of fear to persuade us to suspend judgment (“this is a sensitive issue”), the mouse wants us to choose blindness and allow it to act like an elephant.
I think this issue is about the powers of the Home Ministry and is in the same array of issues as the use of the ISA; it’s about those who are pro-evidence (those who believe pre-existing words cannot be copyrighted) and those who are not; it’s about sectarian vs global identity.
Looking forward to your column!
My views are that the Malay Muslims are really and truly divided on this issue. The grassroots Malays are not involved in the “elephant-like complexity” of the Allah issues but are “steered into mis-education by much of mainstream media;” and therefore into the wrong direction.
It is therefore each and every Christian’s responsibility to go out of our way to “teach and tell our Muslim neighbors the historical Truths about the Allah issue. Let me put one simple fact for your information:
Did you know that there is a 13th May 1982 Gazette Jil 26, No 10, Tambahan 27, Perundangan (A) which reads:
INTERNAL SECURITY ACT 1960
Internal Security and (Prohibition of Publications) (No 4) Order 1982
IN exercise of the powers conferred upon the Minister of Home Affairs by Section 22 of the Internal Security Act 1960 and delegated to him, the Deputy Minister makes the following order:
- This Order may be cited as the Internal Security (Prohibition of Publication) (no.4) Order 1982.
- The printing, publication, sale, issue, circulation or possession of the publication which is described in the Schedule and which is prejudicial to the national interest and security of the Federation is prohibited, subject to the condition that this prohibition shall not apply to the possession or use in Churches of such publication by persons professing the Christian religion, throughout Malaysia.
- The Internal Security (Prohibitions of Documents) (No. 3) Order 1982 is repealed.
|Title of Publication||Publisher||Printer||Language|
|Alkitab||Lembaga Alkitab Indonesia, Jakarta, 1979||Printed in Korea||Indonesian|
Made the 22nd March 1982
[KHEDN 0. 59/3/9/A; PN. 24 Pt II.]
Abdul Rahim Datuk Thamby Chik,
Deputy Minister of Home Affairs.