They will be deemed to be law breakers, and the offence they would be committing by merely addressing God in their own language, a practice they had have adhered to for hundreds of years.

Rev Eu Hong Seng, Christian Federation of Malaysia

NONEThis is yet another erosion and infringement of the constitutional protection to the freedom of religious communities to profess and practise their faith and to manage their own affairs.

The decision might encourage and fuel further misunderstanding and mistrust between the Muslim and Christian communities which will further undermine the unity of Malaysians.

Assistant Bishop Aeries Sumping Jingan, Kuching Anglican diocese

Our Muslim brothers here have no problem at all with using the word ‘Allah’ in our worship and prayers. (We have been doing so) freely for the last 165 years and suddenly we are told that we can’t use it in case we might confuse our Muslim friends.

If this is not an infringement of the constitutional rights of the Christians, I don’t know what is.

Archbishop Bolly Lapok, Association of Churches Sarawak chairperson

For an outsider to say that the use of ‘Allah’ is not integral to the Christian faith is excessive, utterly irresponsible and grossly demeaning, to say the least.

The Church does not need an apologist from outside to decree what is integral or not regarding Her faith.

The writer, who uses a pseudonym, is based in Sarawak.