I refer to this post on the Malay Mail Online yesterday, Non-Muslims Can Use Allah in Penang .
In justifying his action, Lim Guan Eng says that the Administration of Religion of Islam (Penang) Enactment 2004 applies to Muslims only.
He said the state government had not passed any law to allow the enactment to apply on non-Muslims.
A list of 40 words, including Allah, Solat, Ulama, Soleh, Mufti, Iman, Surau and Nabi, were decreed as exclusive to Muslims by the Penang mufti and enforced in 2010 as provided under subsection 48(3) and (4) of the Administration of Religion of Islam (Penang) Enactment 2004.
Firstly, Lim Guan Eng should know that the Enactment is not a fatwa. It is. A law that was passed by the Dewan Undangan Negeri of Pulau Pinang that consisted of both lawmakers from the then-government and then-opposition, Muslims and non-Muslims alike. Therefore, it is a state law, not a Muslim-specific law. This law is then used as a base for a fatwa that was gazetted in 2010.
Furthermore, the Head of Islam in Penang is the Yang DiPertuan Agong. Lim Guan Eng has no right to show his absolute rudeness to His Majesty by usurping His Majesty’s authority and powers. He is merely a servant of His Majesty and His Majesty’s rakyat, not the king himself.
I call upon the Rakyat to deplore this king-wannabe.