Hornbill Unleashed

March 23, 2018

Ruling if Christians can use ‘Allah’ in publications deferred

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:02 AM

The High Court here has deferred its ruling on whether Christians can use the word “Allah” in publications for the purpose of religious education among their own community.

Lawyer Annou Xavier, who is a counsel appearing for Sarawakian Jill Ireland, said the court notified last week that the judgment scheduled for tomorrow had been vacated to another date.

“No reason was given why the judgment is rescheduled to another date,” he told FMT.

Justice Nor Bee Ariffin reserved judgment last November after hearing submissions from Ireland’s lead counsel Lim Heng Seng and government lawyer Shamsul Bolhassan.

Ten years ago, customs officials seized from Ireland eight CDs, titled “Cara Hidup Dalam Kerajaan Allah”, “Hidup Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah” and “Ibadah Yang Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah”, on her arrival at the then Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) in Sepang.

The Melanau Christian subsequently filed for a judicial review to reclaim the CDs and seek several declaratory reliefs.

In 2014, the High Court ordered the home ministry to return the CDs to Ireland, but declined to issue the declarations as it was bound by a Federal Court ruling.

The following year, the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling but ordered the High Court to hear Ireland’s application for the relief sought.

She is now seeking a declaration that her constitutional right to practise her religion was violated by the imposition of a restriction or ban on the import of educational materials.

At the last hearing, Shamsul said Putrajaya’s decision to restrict or ban non-Muslim religious educational materials that contained the word “Allah” is permissible under the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) 1984.

He said the home minister had been given discretionary power under Section 9 (1) of the PPPA on grounds of public order and national security.

Shamsul further said a 1986 government directive prohibited the use of the terms “Allah, “Kaabah”, “Solat” and “Baitullah” in non-Muslim publications to prevent misunderstanding between Muslims and non-Muslims, especially in the peninsula.

However, Lim said a 10-point solution which came into being just before the Sarawak state election in 2011 had superseded the 1986 government directive.

The 10-point solution was a cabinet policy decision to resolve issues pertaining to the importation, printing, distribution and usage of the Bible in Sabah, Sarawak and the peninsula.

That decision, among others, imposed no restriction on Christians from Sabah and Sarawak to carry with them Bibles that contained the word Allah, provided the holy scriptures include the words “Christian Publication”.

Lim said Ireland’s constitutional right to freedom of religion under Article 11 could not be curtailed through the PPPA.

Source : The FMT Online by V Anbalagan




  1. If the Christian community especially in rural areas vote for Umno Baru colonised BN Sarawak it means they support a highly corrupted Najib to be the PM of Malaysia and that they are supporting a corrupted regime. I will be very suprised if our God fearing Christians continue to sell their votes in exchange for BRIMs, grants and other forms of election bribes.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — March 28, 2018 @ 6:28 PM | Reply

  2. M. Indira Gandhi, who challenged the unilateral conversion of her three children to Islam by her ex-husband, has been nominated for a prestigious US award.

    She was the US Embassy in Malaysia’s nominee for the US State Department’s International Women of Courage (IWOC) award this year.

    According to a statement by the US Embassy in Malaysia, US Ambassador to Malaysia, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, will hold a reception at her residence on Wednesday (March 28) to honour Indira on her nomination as Malaysia’s candidate for the award.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/03/27/indira-gandhi-nominated-for-award/#TmVThpm0Ej7u1fwH.99

    Comment by Midas — March 27, 2018 @ 7:06 PM | Reply

  3. Allah created all beings so who are we to prevent, oppose and stop everybeing from calling god Allah?
    Even a dog or a pig if it could utter the word Allah, who are we to stop it?

    Comment by Brian — March 26, 2018 @ 3:12 PM | Reply

  4. Tua Pek Kong is a real God

    Comment by tigerykarother — March 25, 2018 @ 2:12 PM | Reply

  5. No Umno leader had been able to answer the two questions which had been posed by the national laureate Pak Samad to expose Umno’s political lie:

    1. How are Malays under threat? How can Islam and Malays be threatened when those in power have been Malay for over five decades?

    2. What have Malay leaders been doing for five decades if Malays can be under threat?

    Comment by Saiful RD — March 23, 2018 @ 2:08 PM | Reply

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