Hornbill Unleashed

November 7, 2013

Will the real prime minister please stand up?

Herald AllahNg Kam Weng

Following the Court of Appeal judgment, the Prime Minister assures Christians in Sabah and Sarawak that the judgment only bans the Catholic Herald from using the Allah word. A few cabinet ministers suggest the 10-Point agreement continues to allow these Christians to use the Christian al Kitab notwithstanding the Allah word.

The PM’s assurance sounds feeble, wishful and arguably misleading when the Appeal Court judgment prohibits the Christian community from using the Allah word on grounds that the word is not integral to Christian faith, that any religious practice must be circumscribed or limited by Islamic sensitivity, and finally, that the prohibition is necessary for national security. (more…)

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October 30, 2013

Appeal Court ruling is clear, Allah for Muslims only, say constitutional lawyers

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Joseph Kurup are among cabinet members who say Christians could use Allah in their worship. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 29, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup are among cabinet members who say Christians could use Allah in their worship. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 29, 2013.Let the debate end. Non-Muslims in Malaysia cannot use the word Allah, say constitutional lawyers.

The reason: the Court of Appeal decision which states that the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims overrides the Cabinet’s 10-point solution made in 2011 which allowed that bibles in all languages can
be imported into the country, including those in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia. (more…)

October 23, 2013

STOP BULLYING Christians: Take Allah ban to MUSLIM WORLD & see what they say… IF YOU DARE!

 Umno, STOP BULLYING Christians: Take Allah ban to MUSLIM WORLD & see what they say... IF YOU DARE!J. D. Lovrenciear

Who in the world – Muslim and non-Muslim faiths included, has not expressed shock and serious concern over Malaysia’s stand on the ‘Allah’ word?

The world’s largest Muslim population, Indonesia, has taken a firm objection as seen from the respected Daily there, the Jakarta Post. Even the bedrock of Islam, the UAE, has expressed no support for Malaysia’s position on making the ‘Allah’ word exclusive for Malaysian Muslims.

But our Attorney General, hot on the heels of a national and global reaction and condemnation of the verdict, has warned all Malaysians that questioning and expressing concerns over the Appeal Court’s verdict dangerously hinges on contempt of court. (more…)

October 21, 2013

It’s just another ordinary Sunday as Sarawak churches sound with the echo of Allah

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The Good News continues to be proclaimed in churches across Sarawak in the native languages and Bahasa Malaysia today, as usual. The Malaysian Insider pic, October 20, 2013.DESMOND DAVIDSON

The Good News continues to be proclaimed in churches across Sarawak in the native languages and Bahasa Malaysia today, as usual. The Malaysian Insider pic, October 20, 2013.Christian worshippers recited the word Allah as they fulfilled their Sunday obligation across churches in Sarawak today, shrugging off a court ruling that said the Arabic word for God was not central to their faith.

At the St Columbas Anglican church in Miri this morning, the native faithful intoned the words Allah Taala in Iban, God Almighty in English, as they have been doing all their life.

Parishioners who attended the 7am Iban service were reminded during sermon that there would be no change in the way prayers are said and that the church would continue using the word Allah. (more…)

Judgment raising more controversies than answers

Bob Teoh

The Court of Appeal judgment in favour of the government was done at the expense of limiting fundamental human rights guaranteed by the constitution. Such rights are now subject to Islamic dictates. The appeal court did this by throwing out all the six orders made by the High Court of Kuala Lumpur four years ago that allowed the Catholic weekly The Herald in the use of the word ‘Allah’.

Constitutional lawyer Dr Abdul Aziz Bari said the Court of Appeal was wrong in its decision banning The Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in its Bahasa Malaysia edition.

“By linking religious rights under the chapter on fundamental liberties with Article 3(1) of the federal constitution which effectively makes Islam the benchmark for everybody, this runs counter to the general meaning of Article 3(1) of the federal constitution itself,” he was quoted as saying. (more…)

October 10, 2013

Appeals Court overturns High Court decision, returns NCR land to Ibans

Ng Ai Fern

Some 22 Iban landowners emerged victorious after the Court of Appeal overturned a lower court’s decision and affirmed their native customary rights over 3,000 acres of land in Niah.

Appeal judges Datuk Abdul Wahad Patail, Datuk Wira Mohtarudin Baki and Datuk Mah Weng Kwai on Tuesday ruled in favour of the plaintiffs from Rumah Meringai, Sungei Lembong Suai in Miri, Sarawak, with costs and damages.

The landowners had filed two cases; the first against Fung Tai Sdn Bhd, Land Custody and Development Authority (LCDA), Miri Superintendent of Lands & Surveys and the Sarawak state government over the matter. (more…)

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