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November 13, 2013

Catholic Church files for leave to appeal


The Catholic Church has filed an application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court the decision of the Court of Appeal which had allowed the government’s appeal to ban its weekly publication The Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God.

Benjamin Dawson, one of the counsels representing the church, said they had filed the application at the Federal Court registry yesterday.

“The church has raised 26 questions of law in the leave application to appeal to the Federal Court,” he told Bernama when contacted today. (more…)

October 31, 2013

No decision yet to stand by Catholic Church on Allah appeal

Herald AllahSabah Law Association

The Sabah Law Association (SLA) categorically denies that a decision was made on October 26, 2013 at the executive committee meeting to “stand side by side with the Catholic Church when the Allah case goes before the Federal Court” as was reported in The Malaysian Insider website.

The SLA does, however, take cognisance of the materiality, serious significance and sensitivity of the matter by all parties concerned.

There are clearly far-reaching consequences of the Court of Appeal decision vis-a-vis the relevant Articles of the Federal Constitution and the 1963 Malaysian Agreement. (more…)

October 29, 2013

Gov’t can set record straight in ‘Allah’ case tomorrow


The government has a chance to clear the air over the usage of the word ‘Allah’ by Christians in a High Court case that will be heard tomorrow, the Sidang Injil Borneo Church said.

By making a declaration on the right of the church to use the word ‘Allah’, SIB president Jerry WA Dusing said the government would be able to show its “good faith” in upholding the rights of bumiputera Christians.

This should be the case for all Bahasa Malaysia-speaking bumiputera Christians, Dusing said, regardless of whether they are residing in Sabah, Sarawak or in the peninsula. (more…)

ALLAH: Assurance from BN govt NOT GOOD ENOUGH – SIB warns East M’sian Christians

ALLAH: Assurance from BN govt NOT GOOD ENOUGH - SIB warns East M'sian ChristiansJerry W A Dusing

Greelings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be misled by the assurance uttered by certain quarters that we can use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in Sabah and Sarawak. It is more than just about a word; it is about the fundamental right to worship God in the way we have been doing for generations without hindrance.

The decision of the Court of Appeal against the Herald puts new restrictions on our human and constitutional right to freedom of religion. Nevertheless, we urge you to continue your friendship with your Muslim brothers and sisters and to extend love to them as you have always done’ We want to assure them that our court action is not against them or Islam but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal government and its officials. (more…)

October 23, 2013

PM: Christians in Sabah, Sarawak can use ‘Allah’


Prime Minister Najib says Christians in Sabah and Sarawak are not affected by the Court of Appeal ruling on the ‘Allah’ term.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the Appeals Court’s decision on the use of the word Allah does not affect Christians in Sabah and Sarawak.

Najib said the contents in the 10-Point Agreement decided by the federal cabinet on the matter would be maintained for the two states.

“…recently when the Appeals Court made its decision on the use of the word Allah, it did not at all touch on the practices of Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, in fact the 10-Point Agreement is still being maintained,” he said. (more…)

October 15, 2013

What’s next? The banning of Sikh Holy Book?

P Ramani

The Court of Appeal ruling on the Allah issue yesterday has given wide-ranging discretionary powers to the Home Minister to make pre-emptive executive decisions, says Tony Pua.

The Court of Appeal decision yesterday which ruled in favour of the government on the use of the term ‘Allah’ has also given wide-ranging discretionary powers to the Home Minister to make pre-emptive executive decisions.

The judgment read by Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali stated that the Home Minister had sufficient material before him to ban Catholic weekly The Herald from using the ‘Allah’ word as “such usage if allowed will inevitably cause confusion within the community”. (more…)

August 28, 2013

Court: Sirul could have been framed for Altantuya murder

Hafiz Yatim

While the Court of Appeal last Friday detailed the non-calling of Najib Abdul Razak’s aide-de-camp DSP Musa Safri as a factor in acquitting the two Special Action Unit officers, the written judgment also states that the second accused, Sirul Azhar Umar, could have been framed.

Sirul Azhar in his testimony from the dock had described how he had been made “a scapegoat” by the police, to be sacrificed in order to protect their plans.

In the written judgment released today, Court of Appeal judge Tengku Maimum Tuan Mat described why it was unsafe to accept the evidence from the police officers who went to Sirul Azhar’s Kota Damansara home. (more…)

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