Sabah Christian reads from prayer book with an Arabic word "Allah" in reference to God, at a church in Tambunan

 
Sabah Christian reads from prayer book with an Arabic word "Allah" in reference to God, at a church in Tambunan
A Sabah Christian reads from a prayer book with an Arabic word "Allah" in reference to God, at a church in Tambunan September 16, 2012. With a general election due within seven months, the 13-party ruling Barisan Nasional coalition is banking on Sabah and neighbouring Sarawak state on Borneo island to prolong its 55-year grip on power. Some Christians say, is the unease over Christian congregations in Sabah and Sarawak using the Arabic word Allah to refer to God. While these Catholics, like their brethren in Indonesia, have used "Allah" since converting to Christianity in the 19th century, the government says the use of the word is subversive and is aimed at converting Muslims. Mindful of votes, Najib has not stopped Christians in Borneo from using the word in prayers. But the government has appealed against a court ruling that allowed a Catholic newspaper to use Allah in its Malay-language editions in Borneo. Picture taken September 16, 2012. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad