We need to move on, as we try to seek a consensus over the Allah controversy, and set up a national consultative body on religion to hear each other out and resolve issues.
We all want an early settlement to the controversy over the use of the word “Allah”. The country needs to move on with other issues, particularly economic concerns that need our attention.
There is this perception that seeking an appeal at the Court of Appeals to overturn the decision of the High Court would be a quick fix.
It won’t be because confidence and trust have been shaken. Angry Muslims feel the High Court decision was reached because the judge was a non-Muslim.
So, we can expect the same kind of reactions if the majority of the three sitting judges are Muslims, even if the judgment is legally sound.
The Muslims would be receptive to the decision if it favours them but the Christians, who want to use Allah in reference to God, would be dejected and make assumptions that the court hasn’t been fair.
Read the rest of my column, On The Beat, published in The Sunday Star today here.