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September 12, 2013

‘Allah’ appeal verdict next month


The Court of Appeal says this after hearing submissions from concerned parties.

The Court of Appeal will deliver its verdict on the ‘Allah’ issue next month after hearing submissions from government lawyers, the Catholic Church and counsel representing Muslim groups at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya today.

Court of Appeal judge Mohamad Apandi Ali, in reserving judgment, said that the court would deliver its verdict next month after going through all the arguments put forth.

The three-man bench chaired by Mohamed Apandi included Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim.

Catholic weekly Herald filed a suit against the Malaysian government in December 2007 after the government threatened to revoke its printing permit if it continued to use the word ‘Allah’ in the Malay section of the newspaper.

The then Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar signed an order prohibiting the Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ in its publication.

The weekly, published in four languages, has been using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’ in its Malay-language section, but the government argued that “Allah” should be used exclusively only by Muslims.

The High Court in 2009 allowed the Catholic Church to use the word ‘Allah’ in the Malay edition of the Herald, which prompted an appeal from the government.

Earlier vocal crowd led by Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali gathered outside the court compound as the hearing was underway.

Many protesters, including Perkasa and Perkida members, wore red t-shirts, which read ‘Allah: Just For Muslims. Fight No Fear’.

They sang religious songs and waved banners with slogans and also cries of ‘Hormat Islam’, and ‘Takbir Allah’.

Fallen Shah Alam candidate and Perkasa vice-president Zulkifli Noordin also made an appearance, where he exhorted Muslims to defend their religion.

1 Comment »

  1. The use of Allah by Christians especially in Indonesia and Middle East with no problems and it existence long before Islam are undisputable facts. I can bet you that the Judges will not base their judgement on the facts. Anyway, the final judgement rests with Allah.

    Comment by franjais — September 13, 2013 @ 1:43 PM | Reply

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