Jati and Perkasa have given seven days to the Vatican's first envoy to Malaysia to retract his support of the local Catholic Church using "Allah" to describe God or the Malay-Muslim groups will push for his ouster.
Both groups said they would urge Putrajaya to close Vatican Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Joseph Marino's office and remove the papal representative from his post in the country if his statement is not retracted.
"We strongly criticise the statement made by Archbishop Marino," Jati president Datuk Hasan Ali told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
"The diplomat has misused his immunity by interfering with matters of the country," he added.
Perkasa’s president Datuk Ibrahim Ali (pic) wants the public and Archbishop Marino to be clear on three things.
“First, we criticise his statement. Second, he has seven days to retract his statement,” said Ibrahim.
“Third, if he fails to do so, we will urge the government to shut the embassy and chase him out.
“He has to mind his words,” added Ibrahim.
The two groups said they felt offended by Archbishop Marino’s statement and reiterated that he should first understand the history and usage of the word “Allah”.
“He has only been here for a month and half and already he has caused us so much concern,” said Hasan.
“What more two years?” he asked.
Ibrahim said that as a Muslim, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should send a message to Malaysians.
“I urge Najib to show firmness as a representative of Umno and as prime minister,” said Ibrahim.
Archbishop Marino had in his first interview with the local media responded to questions on his opinion regarding the usage of Allah in texts.
He qualified that although the on-going court case was an internal matter for Malaysia, he was in support of the Christian Federation’s arguments for the term, saying they were “quite logical and acceptable”.
According to Hasan, the group’s decision to denounce the statement made by Archbishop Marino yesterday was because they felt the need to “defend the pride of Muslims and Malaysians”.
In an interview with Al Jazeera in April, Najib had expressed support for the appeal to overturn a High Court ruling, which bans the use of the Arabic term "Allah” for God by non-Muslim groups in Malaysia.
In 2009, a church was torched and several others vandalised in a nationwide attack on places of worship shortly after the High Court ruled that the Catholic Church had the right to publish the word “Allah” to describe the Christian God as the Arabic word was not exclusive to Islam.
Apologise or get out? What if he doesn't apologise? Will you all march into his office, give him a thrashing or pack him straight into the plane to make sure he leaves the country?
No wonder crime is on the rise in this country, despite all the claims to the contrary by the Home Minister, because everybody can take laws into his own hands.
Right now, we do not have a PM. He has gone missing!
This FROG already gave an ultimatum. Imagine what he can do if this fart is the PM of Malaysia?
These 2 fools should get out of Malaysia instead and our country will be more peaceful and all Malaysians will be more united and live in harmony. Can these 2 Ali's please leave this beloved country if you cannot tolerate this and that and expect people to tolerate you?
This Muslim bigots have cave men mentality. Absolute disgrace to humanity