The Islamic religious councils for Selangor (Mais) and Federal Territories (MAIWP) have been given ten days by the High Court to decide whether they want to intervene in Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s case.
The Sarawakian is seeking a declaration on Allah, the Arabic term on an attribute of God.
“The court gave us time to decide whether to proceed with our intervener applications,” said Mais’s lawyer Zirwatul Hanan Abdul Rahman.
She was speaking to the media after case management in chambers before Justice Nor Bee Ariffin.
The next case management was fixed for October 27.
Jill filed a judicial review to challenge the Home Minister’s decision to seize her religious materials, that carried the word Allah, in the form of CDs.
The Court of Appeal ordered the Home Ministry in June last year to return the CDs to Jill.
The court also remitted her cross appeal on the word Allah back to the High Court.
The ministry returned the CDs to her in September last year.
The court had previously put off the hearing pending a similar intervener appeal by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), a church in Borneo, to remove MAIWP as an intervener in its judicial review proceedings.
On September 30, the Court of Appeal ruled in favour of the church to remove MAIWP as a party in the proceedings.
MAIWP has until October 30 to seek leave to appeal to the Federal Court on the decision.
SIB and its President Rev Jerry Dusing filed a judicial review on December 10, 2007, naming the Home Minister and the government as respondents.
The action was initiated after SIB’s religious publications for children was seized by the Customs at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang in August 2007.
The books were returned in January 2008.
The church wants a declaration that it has the constitutional right to use the word “Allah” in religious publications and for religious purposes.
Ho Kit Yen