When DAP sec-gen Lim Guan Eng reignited the highly sensitive issue of the word "Allah" in Malay-language bibles in his Christmas message more than a month ago, his most likely intention was to make the Christian bumiputra people of Sabah and Sarawak hate the BN federal government.
BN was supposed to be in an awkward position to handle the issue. To a certain degree, Guan Eng succeeded, especially when that fool Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa, in his haste to be seen as a Malay hero suggested for any Muslim who was given the bibles with the word "Allah" in it by Christian missionaries to burn it. This indeed have the effect of angering the Christian bumiputra community in Sarawak and Sabah who have been using such bibles since they first converted to Christianity a very long time ago.
What Guan Eng however failed to realize at the moment he started the fire was that, the issue actually put Pakatan in an even worse dilemma.
He underestimated the backlash from the conservative elements within Pas who simply cannot accept the possibility of the Malay language bibles with the word "Allah" in it being distributed among members of the Malay Muslim community. These Pas ulama simply can't be at peace with their conscience if such thing ever happened. Even the cushy seat of power in Putrajaya would not be worth it for them to betray the ummah.
As of how Guan Eng could had overlooked such an obvious thing, the answer probably lies with opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim's strong support for allowing the "Allah" word in the bibles. Anwar must had given Guan Eng an assurance that Pas leaders would go along with the whole thing as the issue would benefit Pakatan in their quest to conquer Putrajaya. The votes in Sarawak and Sabah would need to be won if they ever want to succeed and it was proven during the state Sarawak election two years ago that DAP benefitted immensely from stoking religious sentiments among the Christians, especially the Chinese Christians there.
True enough, Pas president DS Abdul Hadi Awang and the party's spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat initially came out in support of Guan Eng's scheme of letting the word "Allah" being used in the Malay language bibles, even in the more racially and religiously sensitive peninsular.
Hadi and Nik Aziz were however opposed by Pas' more conservative leaders, particularly those who sits in the Dewan Ulama. Such was the resistance by the Pas real ulama that even Nik Aziz, who chaired the all powerful Syura Council had to make a U turn and retract his support for Guan Eng.
The fire storm started by Guan Eng however rages on till today.
In an apparent attempt to extract Pas from the issue which proves to be very damaging for the party, Hadi had on Friday announced that Nik Aziz had explained Pas' U turn to object the use of "Allah" in bibles or by non-Muslims to the DAP leadership and the explanation was very well received by them thus putting the issue at rest.
Unfortunately for Hadi, DAP chairman Karpal Singh who is well known for his zero-tolerance for Pas' bullshit immediately came out with a statement which effectively labeled the Pas president as a liar.
Here is the report by Bernama -