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New 'Election Weapon' of Malaysian Islamists: Christian Candidates

(UPDATED) First-ever Sunday election causes 'moral and spiritual dilemma' for Christians; meanwhile, ruling party tries to resurrect debate over Christian use of 'Allah.'

Update (May 9): Christians took a "bold political stand" in the run-up to Malaysia's significant elections last weekend, notes World Watch Monitor in a thorough report.

Churches were particularly incensed by the latest slur on their faith. Pro-Government election billboards plastered prominent pictures of churches with a message in the Malay language declaring: "Do you want to see your grandchildren praying in Allah's house? … [Not] if we allow Allah to be used by churches."

The blatant attempt to pit Muslims against Christians and resurrect Umno's ban on churches using the word ‘Allah' to denote their God has outraged the Christian Federation of Malaysia. In an outspoken statement on Tuesday, its chairman, Rev Eu Hong Seng, demanded that the authorities "act swiftly to douse the sparks of such religious fear-mongering from catching fire once more".

CT has previously reported the debate over Christian use of the word Allah.

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Update (May 3): With election day set for this Sunday, May 5, churches ...

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