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February 25, 2014

Idris: 10-point fix not against state Islamic laws

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The 10-point solution outlined by the cabinet in 2011 does not contradict various state enactments outlawing use of the Bible for propagation, and the Court of Appeal’s decision on the ‘Allah’ ban, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Idris Jala.

While noting that the issue is highly sensitive, Idris (left), in his opinion piece published by Kinibiz today, explained that the 10-point fix does not condone non-Muslims propagating non-Islamic faiths to Muslims. (more…)

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January 2, 2014

Why irritate Muslims by using Allah, Dr Mahathir asks Christians in the peninsula

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Against a backdrop of Selangor religious authorities preparing to clampdown on non-muslim’s use of Allah, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today questioned Christian motives for “annoying others” with their insistence on using the Arabic word to refer to God.

The country’s longest-serving prime minister said the Arabic term for God was only a common usage among Christians in Sabah and Sarawak.

“All this while, we have never quarrelled about this because they (Christians in the peninsula) never use the word, so why irritate other people, it won’t hurt them not to use the word Allah. (more…)

December 16, 2013

Allah banner for Iban Christian gathering removed by Kuching authorities

Herald AllahDesmond Davidson

A banner with the word ‘Allah’ on it, was reportedly ordered by the police to be taken down at the Gempuru Besai Raban Kristian Jaku Iban Malaysia gathering at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Friday.

Organisers of the four-day gathering, that began on Thursday and attracted about 7,000 people, were baffled when the security chief of the convention centre relayed the police order to remove the banner. The organisers said that no one from the police met with them personally. (more…)

December 15, 2013

‘Allah’ banner not allowed at Kuching Christian meet

Dukau Papau

A banner bearing the word ‘Allah’ was asked by police to be brought down at a gathering of some 6,000 Iban Christians at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) on Friday.

“The participants were surprised. We were embarrassed,” said Patrick Sibat organising secretary of the gathering which was put together by the Gempuru Besai Kristian Jaku Iban (GBKJI).

He added that they complied with the directive as it came, according to the police, ‘from the top’.

“It was even more embarrassing for us when observers from Christian natives groups from Australia, New Zealand, Solomon Islands, India, Mongolia and Taiwan witnessed the whole thing”, he said. (more…)

November 19, 2013

Listen, learn and do no harm

Jeswan Kaur

The Barisan Nasional government, state rulers and bigots refuse to listen and learn on the Allah issue

First God was ‘put on trial. Then came the politicising of  to whom God or Allah ‘belongs’ to. And despite there being sufficient proof that shows Allah is not exclusive to the Malays, the truth has been hard to digest by zealots who continue to stake claim on ‘Allah’.

The country’s leaders and the judiciary remain adamant that only Muslims can utter the word ‘Allah’. (more…)

November 17, 2013

Concern rises Allah ban is Umno’s SINISTER PLOY but it may lead to a M’sia without Sarawak

Concern rises Allah ban is Umno's SINISTER PLOY but it may lead to a M'sia without S'wakChristopher Fernandez, Stan Lee

Now that the issue of restricting or prohibiting the Catholic weekly newspaper “The Herald” from using the word Allah is set to go to the apex court in the country, there are more puzzling questions that have arisen over what is seen as a “non-issue” that now threatens to disrupt and divide the fabric of the nation.

How on earth and for what good reason should this issue drag on and become a protracted crisis when it should not have erupted at all in the first place? While the home ministry has the right to impose restrictions and prohibitions on a publication if it is deemed necessary, in this event it appears to have gone overboard.

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November 14, 2013

Issue a betrayal of Malaysia Agreements – ACS

Churchill Edward

  • UNITED WE STAND: (From left) John Ha, Bolly, Steward, Dr Su, Lawrence, Ng and Ambrose.

Churches in Sarawak yesterday affirmed in front of about 1,500 forum participants their stand on the recent ban of the word ‘Allah’ in the Catholic weekly bulletin ‘The Herald’.

Association of Churches (ACS) in Sarawak chairman Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok said the Bumiputera Church would continue to use the word ‘Allah’ as it is fundamental to all aspects of their profession and practice of the Christian faith. (more…)

In East Malaysia, Christians stand with Catholic Church in appeal against Allah ruling

JENNIFER GOMEZ

Christian leaders in Sabah and Sarawak have vowed to carry on using the word Allah even if it meant being prosecuted under a Home Ministry directive allowed by a court ruling.

They also accused Putrajaya of trying to mislead Christians from East Malaysia into believing that the Court of Appeal ruling was only applicable to the Catholic weekly, Herald.

They said they will speak up on this issue as this is what their respective congregations expected them to do. (more…)

SHOWDOWN ‘ALLAH’: Church files appeal but will its bid be blocked by Najib, Muslim ultras?

SHOWDOWN 'ALLAH': Church files appeal but will its bid be blocked by Najib, Muslim ultras?Maria Begum

The Catholic Church has applied for leave to appeal to Federal Court to overturn a controversial ruling that deemed the word Allah was exclusive to Muslims; and hence barring its weekly publication, the Herald, as well as other non-Muslims from using the word to refer to God.

The confusing and contentious ruling laid down last month by a 3-member all Malay-Muslim Court of Appeal panel has stirred unprecedented criticism and ridicule for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno-BN government, from both domestic and international sources.

Slammed all round

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November 13, 2013

Catholic Church files for leave to appeal

Bernama

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

Sabah lawyers offer to stand with Catholic Church in appeal against Allah ruling

Christians attend a church mass in Petaling Jaya. Lawyers have argued that the October 14 Court of Appeal ruling on the word Allah applies to Christians nationwide. - The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 28, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

Christians attend a church mass in Petaling Jaya. Lawyers have argued that the October 14 Court of Appeal ruling on the word Allah applies to Christians nationwide. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 28, 2013.The Sabah Law Association (SLA) wants to stand side by side with the Catholic Church when the Allah case goes before the Federal Court, a sure sign of the widening impact of restricting the word to Muslims only.

The SLA met on Saturday and made the decision after concluding that the Court of Appeal ruling on October 14 had violated the constitutional rights of Christians in Sabah.

“The SLA will apply to be part of the proceedings in the Federal Court,” a member of the association told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

Home Ministry says it wanted to make sure no “Allah” in seized Herald copies

The Herald is currently appealing against the Court of Appeal ruling prohibiting it from using the word Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia edition. - The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.RITA JONG

The Herald is currently appealing against the Court of Appeal ruling prohibiting it from using the word Allah in its Bahasa Malaysia edition. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 28, 2013.The Home Ministry today said that the seizure of the Catholic weekly Herald in Sabah last week was only for inspection.

Defending its move to stop the distribution of 2,000 copies of the newsletter to churches in Sabah, the ministry said it was to ensure that the latest issue did not contain the word Allah, in line with the Court of Appeal ruling on October 14.

“However the copies were released for circulation today after the inspection found that the word Allah was not used in this issue,” the ministry said on its official Facebook page this morning. (more…)

UMNO-BN IS NOW DANGEROUS! For their own safety, Christians,non-Malays must ALERT the world

UMNO-BN IS NOW DANGEROUS! For their own safety, Christians,non-Malays must ALERT the worldJ. D. Lovrenciear

It is just unthinkable what’s next, given the “Endless Possibilities” of the PM’s minted slogan, in so far as the assault on the Catholics continues.

The latest freezing of 2,000 copies of the Herald newspapers by authorities is more than injustice.

Denying thousands of Catholic families in East Malaysia their weekly news bulletin on faith matters, as they travel from far and near to observe their obligatory Sunday service, is definitely totally unacceptable to any fair, just and right-minded citizen. (more…)

Court action on Allah issue is not against Muslims and Islam, says Sabah church

Tmi

Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB), Sabah’s second largest church, has assured Muslims that the Catholic church’s appeal against the Allah ruling is not against them or Islam, but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal Government and its officials.

In a communique to its leaders and members today, SIB said the church has never undermined the position of Islam as the religion of the federation.

However, by the same token, Christians also expected their constitutional right to profess, practise and propagate their faith to be respected by the courts and the government. (more…)

October 28, 2013

Herald released in Sabah after Archbishop seeks BN politician’s help

Herald AllahLEE SHI-IAN

Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam (pic) had sought the intervention of a Barisan Nasional MP in Sabah while questioning an order from the Home Ministry to stop the distribution of the latest Herald publication in Sabah.

Tuaran MP Datuk Wilfred Madius Tangau said, in a Facebook posting today, that he had interceded with the Home Ministry on behalf of the Catholic Church to obtain approval for 2,000 copies of Herald to be released in Sabah.

Wilfred, the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) deputy president, said the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur had sought his assistance last night. (more…)

Sarawak BN leader wants home ministry officers to stop acting on their own accord

Herald AllahDESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic)  has put the stop order on the distribution of Catholic weekly Herald in Sabah to Home Ministry officials making decisions in haste without consulting their political leaders.

“They have obviously taken matters into their own hands. I suggest that political leaders must be consulted first before taking action on matters which has negative socio-political impact.

“It is us, the politicians, who will bear the brunt of criticisms, not these government officers,” Masing, a senior Christian minister in the Sarawak cabinet and also president of Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), pointed out. (more…)

October 25, 2013

‘Allah’ decision a blot on our legal landscape

Tommy Thomas

The sustained public attack on last week’s decision of the Court of Appeal in prohibiting the Catholic Church from using the word ‘Allah’ in its internal publication, The Herald, is absolutely unprecedented, even in a nation used to bad court decisions.

From a constitutional perspective, the judgments of the three judges on the bench are poorly reasoned, the law misread and conclusions reached which will baffle any right-thinking student anywhere in the common law.

The decision is not just wrong, it is horribly wrong, and represents a terrible blot on our legal landscape, unless overturned quickly by the apex court, the Federal Court. Regrettably, what follows may seem unduly legalistic, but it cannot be avoided in a critique of a court decision. (more…)

AG’s warning further fails to heal the atrocity

Herald AllahJD 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…)

Any chance of a meaningful solution in ‘Allah’ furore?

Ronnie Ooi

Malaysia’s ‘Allah’ controversy is fundamentally a political issue about how different communities relate to one another. It is not a legal issue. The Catholic Church needs to take account of the Malay community’s majority view before deciding on the next step.

If unrestricted use of the word Allah is not acceptable to the moderate Malay community, then the Church, together with others, should search for a compromise that will preserve the religious practices of Christians in East Malaysia as well as that of the Sikhs, who also refer to their God as Allah.

The concept of ‘what is integral to a religion’ may provide the framework for such a compromise. It is hoped that all sides will approach the issue in a spirit of goodwill and with a desire to find a solution. (more…)

October 22, 2013

What’s in an awesome name? EVERYTHING

KALIMAH ALLAH: What’s in an awesome name? EVERYTHINGChristopher Fernandez

The invoking of the name of “Allah” is awesome to billions of Muslims and non-Muslims alike around the world. Its reverberations can be felt not just on this earth and the heavens but throughout the universe and such is the magnitude of reverence and honor that is bestowed upon this name which is above every other name.

While people of various faiths go about worshipping Allah all around the world unhindered, the Court of Appeal who sat to hear the prohibition of the use of the name “Allah” in the Catholic weekly newspaper The Herald capitulated and bowed to pressure from fundamentalist Islamic groups and extremists in Malaysia to ban the use of the word in the publication. (more…)

Attorney General draws flak for saying Allah decision only applies to Herald

Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail says the Herald is accessible to Muslims, which is why it is banned from using the word Allah.V. ANBALAGAN AND LEE SHI-IAN

Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail says the Herald is accessible to Muslims, which is why it is banned from using the word Allah. Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s explanation that the recent court decision on the Allah issue only applied to Catholic weekly Herald has drawn criticism from two DAP lawmakers.

Veteran lawyer Karpal Singh told Abdul Gani to go back to law school to interpret the Court of Appeal’s verdict.

“Abdul Gani is holding the wrong end of the stick and is completely off the mark in the statement he issued yesterday. Even a first year law student knows the principle which has been established in this case,” Karpal told The Malaysian Insider. (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 18, 2013

One country, two interpretations of Allah – it’s awkward, say politician and lawyers

allahV. ANBALAGAN AND DESMOND DAVIDSON

“Why do we have one country with two interpretations of the use of the word Allah?” Sarawak Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing (pic) asked this when commenting on the Cabinet decision yesterday that the Court of Appeal ruling, which banned the word Allah in the Catholic weekly, Herald, does not apply to Sabah and Sarawak.

“I’m not comfortable with this interpretation. The assurance by the Cabinet that Sabah and Sarawak can use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia or native language bibles, and other religious publications and in worship, but not in West Malaysia, is not satisfactory,” Masing told The Malaysian Insider, adding that he still thinks that the court ruling is faulty. “It means one nation with two religious definitions of what is acceptable. I feel awkward.” (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…)

‘We will worship this ‘Allah’ till kingdom come’

Lawrence Yong & Ram Anand

The Court of Appeal’s decision to prevent The Herald from using ‘Allah’ in its Malay publication as a reference to God has ruffled Christians – especially in Sabah and Sarawak – and non-Muslim groups.

In the aftermath of the decision, an East Malaysian archbishop has said that Christians in Sabah and Sarawak will worship ‘Allah’ and even challengingly asked the authorities, “What are you going to do about it?”

Gerakan became the first BN component party to come out with a statement on this matter – insisting that the opinions of all BN component parties should have been sought before the government took a stand on such matters. (more…)

Court says ‘No’ to use of ‘Allah’ in Catholic weekly

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Hafiz Yatim

It’s confirmed – Catholic weekly The Herald cannot use the word ‘Allah’ in the publication to refer to ‘God’.

The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today unanimously over-ruled the landmark decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

In an immediate response, The Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew (left in photo ) expressed disappointment, but said there are plans to lodge an appeal with the Federal Court.

On Dec 31, 2009, KL High Court judge Justice Lau Bee Lan had ruled that the Home Ministry’s ban on the use of the word was unlawful and unconstitutional as it violated Article 11 of the federal constitution. (more…)

ON COLLISION COURSE: Muslim groups now want Allah ban to cover Sabah, Sarawak, Al-Kitab

ON COLLISION COURSE: Muslim groups now want Allah ban to cover Sabah, S'wak, Al-Kitab Malaysia Chronicle

Just minutes after the Malaysian Appeals Court delivered a controversial judgement that is bound to rock the nation and trigger great racial disunity, ultra Malay Muslim activists called for an end to the “special” privileges granted to Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, saying that the ban on the use of the Arabic word Allah should be extended to them.

“Everyone should stick to that decision,” Nasharuddin Mat Isa, a senior PAS leader but who is expressing his opinion on behalf of his NGO and not political party, told reporters on Monday.

Nasha was referring to the decision by the Appellate judges to overturn a High Court ruling that would have allowed Catholic magazine, the Herald, to use the word Allah in its Malay-language edition. (more…)

Church to fight on after “Allah” decision, says court ignored evidence

JENNIFER GOMEZ

The Court of Appeal’s decision today prohibiting The Herald from using the word “Allah” goes against all evidence on the issue from around the world, argued the Catholic weekly’s editor, Father Lawrence Andrew (pic).

Andrew said that the church could not reconcile with the basis of the ruling today. He pointed out that in 2011, Putrajaya in its 10-point solution to the issue had allowed the printing and distribution of the Al-Kitab, the Bahasa Malaysia translation of the Bible.

“The government allowed the printing and distribution of the Malay Bible but in the same breath is challenging the word used in Herald. This is a serious contradiction,” he said. (more…)

Courts continue to ignore rights of Christian minority

Christian Federation of Malaysia

The Christian community in Malaysia is gravely dismayed and very disappointed by the decision of the Court of Appeal to uphold the power of the Minister to ban the use of the word Allah in the Herald publication. In a wide-ranging decision, all Christian publications in Bahasa Malaysia would appear to be affected by this ruling.

By stating that “the name ‘Allah’ is not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity” the court has totally ignored the position of our East Malaysian Bumiputra and Orang Asli Christians, who constitute 60% of the church in Malaysia and who are Bahasa Malaysia-speaking. (more…)

Herald denied use of Allah: Decision might DESTABILIZE M’sia as Muslim ultras demand more

Herald denied use of Allah: Decision might DESTABILIZE M'sia as Muslim ultras demand moreMalaysia Chronicle

As expected, Malaysia’s Court of Appeal has overturned a lower court ruling and denied Catholic magazine, the Herald, the right to use the Arabic word Allah to describe God in its Malay-language edition.

Father Lawrence, the editor of the Herald, told reporters the Church would be appealing the decision. If leave is given, then Malaysia’s Federal Court would be the next to hear the long drawn-out case that was first stirred up in 2007.

When Father Lawrence was asked if he felt that today’s judgement was politically-tinged by the ongoing Umno election, he declined to comment. (more…)

Judge: ‘Allah’ ruling to protect Islam, Malays

Hafiz Yatim

The insertion of the words ‘in peace and harmony’ into Article 3(1) of the federal constitution should be interpreted as the need to protect the sanctity of Islam as the main religion of the country and to insulate it against any probable threats, reasoned a senior judge.

Newly-elevated Federal Court judge Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali (left) said the insertion was a by-product of the social contract entered into by the nation’s founding fathers.

“It is my judgment that the most possible and probable threat to Islam, in the context of this country, is the propagation of other religions to the followers of Islam,”  he said in his 43-page judgment in the case involving the Malay edition of Catholic weekly The Herald. (more…)

‘Christians would be confused as well’

K Pragalath

Their concept of God as symbolised by the Trinity is absolutely and completely dissimilar to the concept of Allah in Islam, says Justice Zawawi Salleh.

Even the Christians would be confused over the usage of Allah’s name since there is a different understanding of God in Christianity and Islam, said Court of Appeal judge, Zawawi Salleh in his written judgment today.

The Cout of Appeal today unanimously over-ruled a Kuala Lumpur High Court decision in 2009 which had allowed Catholic newspaper The Herald to use ‘Allah’ to refer to the Christian God. (more…)

It’s worship as usual, Sarawak Christians will continue use “Allah” – state Minister

Sarawakians attend Bahasa Malaysia mass at St Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching, in this file picture dated April 2011. – The Malaysian Insider pic, October 14, 2013.

DESMOND DAVIDSON

Sarawak will continue to allow the use of the word Allah in Bahasa Malaysia and native language Bibles and church publications, said State Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing, following the Court of Appeal’s ruling today not to allow Catholic weekly The Herald to use the term.

Masing described the ruling as “not genuine”, saying the use of the word Allah predated Islam.

“We (Christians in Sabah and Sarawak) have been using the word Allah for over 100 years. Why suddenly we are now told we cannot use it?” he asked, adding that the court’s decision would have a negative impact on non-Muslims beyond Sabah and Sarawak. (more…)

September 13, 2013

Putting God on trial

Jeswan Kaur

How does BN expect national security to remain intact when it decided to put God on trial, literally, creating psychological unrest for Malaysians irrespective of their religious beliefs?

The Catholic Church hopes its prayers go answered next month when the Court of Appeal decides whether weekly publication Herald has legal ‘blessings’ to continue using the word ‘Allah’.

The Herald, a weekly publication of the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur, is published in four languages and has been using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for God in its Bahasa Malaysia-language section, catering to East Malaysians in the peninsula, since September 1995, but the government argued that ‘Allah’ should be used exclusively by Muslims. (more…)

September 12, 2013

‘Allah’ appeal verdict next month

TMI

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. (more…)

September 11, 2013

Banning of the word Allah in Herald a pre-emptive strike to avert public disorder, court told

The Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Wangsa Maju, was one of the churches set on fire following the outcome of the December 31, 2009, High Court decision allowing the Herald the right to use the word Allah. The Malaysian Insider pic, September 10, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

The Metro Tabernacle church in Desa Melawati, Wangsa Maju, was one of the churches set on fire following the outcome of the December 31, 2009, High Court decision allowing the Herald the right to use the word Allah. The Malaysian Insider pic, September 10, 2013.The Home Minister banned the use of the word Allah in the Catholic Church’s weekly publication on grounds of national security and public order.

Putrajaya’s lawyer Suzana Atan told a three-man Court of Appeal bench in Putrajaya today that the prohibition was ordered as it touched on Islamic religious sensitivity.

“In this country, Allah is a sensitive word,” she said when submitting to reverse a 2009 High Court order which allowed the church to use the word in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the Herald. (more…)

September 6, 2013

At least they agreed on one thing: only in Malaysia is Allah an issue

(From left) Khalid, Dr. Mohd Asri, Dr Khalif and Dr Yusri at last night's heated TV debate. The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim..JENNIFER GOMEZ

(From left) Khalid, Dr. Mohd Asri, Dr Khalif and Dr Yusri at last night’s heated TV debate.

In a heated online television discussion yesterday, three Muslim scholars were still agreed on one thing: that the use of the word “Allah” to describe gods of different religions – including the Christian god – is an issue only in Malaysia and nowhere else in the world.

But it still was an issue to two of the scholars as they argued there was an agenda behind Christians using Allah to refer to their god in Malay bibles. (more…)

August 23, 2013

All eyes on ‘Allah’ decision as Perkasa threatens to go head-to-head with Christian groups

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All eyes on 'Allah' decision as Perkasa threatens to go head-to-head with Christian groupsTan Su Mei

Tomorrow, the Court of Appeal in Putrajaya will hear a bid by Catholic newspaper, Herald , to strike out an appeal made by the Home Ministry against a High Court ruling that had allowed the publication to use the word “Allah” to describe God in its Malay-language edition.

The history of the case shows it is not purely a battle of interest between religions alone. Intermingled is the clear odor of partisan politics.

Background of the Controversy (more…)

August 22, 2013

Church’s move to strike out government’s appeal lacks merit, says Hishammuddin

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V ANBALAGAN

Putrajaya has taken the position that the Government’s 10-point solution in 2011 has nothing to do with its appeal to reverse a High Court ruling which allowed Christians to use the word “Allah” in the church newspaper, the Herald.

It said the Cabinet decision on April 11, 2011 was only to find ways to overcome problems relating to the import, printing, distribution and the use of the Bahasa Malaysia bible in the country.

“The 10-point solution in no way affects the appeal by the government on the usage of the word “Allah,” said former Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein in an affidavit in reply to an application by the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur to set aside the government’s appeal. (more…)

Catholic Church calls for respect as “Allah” issue has its day in court Today ( 22-08-2013 )

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JENNIFER GOMEZ

The Catholic Church has expressed grave concern over recent statements on the use of the word “Allah”, a matter which is still pending at the Court of Appeal.

A statement issued today by Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur chancellor Father Jestus Pereira noted that “many of the statements are stoking racial sentiments and creating religious tension in our country.

“We humbly request all parties to respectfully allow the judicial process to take its course and urge the relevant authorities to take necessary steps to prevent any untoward incidence. We pray that peace and good sense will prevail,” he said. (more…)

August 21, 2013

Why invite Taib to open St Joseph’s new building?

Francis Paul Siah

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has been invited to officially open the new building of St Joseph’s Private School in Kuching this Saturday.

Whose idea was it to grant such an honour to a heavily tainted politician and Sarawak’s most loathed man at this private Catholic event, a former classmate asked me in an email recently.

The immediate reaction that crossed my mind at that time was why the need to invite the chief minister at all when this was a private project that has nothing to do with the government?

And yes, I also posed then as to whose grand idea it was to suggest inviting Taib in the first place and who was ultimately responsible for approving the invitation? (more…)

August 12, 2013

Minister: Courts will decide on non-Muslim use of ‘Allah’

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Nigel Aw

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Joseph Kurup said the federal government will leave it up to the courts to decide on whether non-Muslim can use the word ‘Allah’ or not.

“This is now before the courts, so let the courts decide,” he told journalists after the attending the Malaysian Consultative Council on Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) 30th anniversary dinner in Kuala Lumpur last night.

Kurup was responding to a query on whether the federal government will allow non-Muslims to use the word ‘Allah’ based on the 10-point solution endorsed by the cabinet in 2011. (more…)

August 8, 2013

A letter to Muslims on the celebration of ‘Eid ul-Fitri

RAYA Greeting

– Pope Francis

To Muslims throughout the World,

It gives me great pleasure to greet you as you celebrate ‘Eid ul-Fitri, so concluding the month of Ramadan, dedicated mainly to fasting, prayer and almsgiving.

It is a tradition by now that, on this occasion, the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue sends you a message of good wishes, together with a proposed theme for common reflection.

This year, the first of my Pontificate, I have decided to sign this traditional message myself and to send it to you, dear friends, as an expression of esteem and friendship for all Muslims, especially those who are religious leaders. (more…)

July 15, 2013

Now Malay NGOs demand Vatican embassy closed, envoy expelled

LEE SHI-IAN

The government has been urged to close down the Vatican City embassy in Malaysia and expel the ambassador Archbishop Joseph Marino for interfering in domestic affairs.

Utusan Malaysia reported that a coalition of Malay non-governmental organisations said strong measures were needed against Marino for misusing his diplomatic immunity.

“Under the 1961 Vienna Convention on diplomatic ties, Marino has clearly overstepped his authority as an ambassador by interfering in the domestic affairs of Malaysia,” said Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin.

A spokesman for the coalition of NGOs, Nasharudin Mat Isa, a former PAS deputy president, said Marino’s support for the local Catholic Church to use the word “Allah” was unacceptable. (more…)

July 14, 2013

Bishop calls for Najib to take stand against Perkasa, Jati

Elizabeth Zachariah

Najib, seen here at a Christmas party last year, must stand up to the extreme comments from groups like Perkasa and Jati, say local Christian leaders. The Malaysian Insider pic, July 13, 2013.Christians have had enough of the bashing from the likes of Perkasa and other Malay rights groups. They expect Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to intervene and “do the right thing” by rejecting such extremism.

This was the stand of the president of the Council of Churches Malaysia, Bishop Philip Lok. He was speaking to The Malaysian Insider in the wake of the demands by Perkasa and Jati that the Vatican’s envoy Archbishop Joseph Marino withdraw his support for the local church’s campaign to use the word Allah and that he must apologise within seven days. (more…)

Bishop astonished by Muslim NGOs’ reaction

Terence Netto

In his first interview with the local media, the papal nuncio – the Vatican’s equivalent of an ambassador to Malaysia – said that although he recognised the ongoing court case on the use of the ‘Allah’ term as an internal matter, he supported Christian Federation of Malaysia’s arguments for the use of the term as “quite logical and acceptable”.

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing said he was astonished at the umbrage felt by some Muslim NGOs over Vatican envoy to Malaysia Archbishop Joseph Marino’s support for the local church’s campaign to use the term ‘Allah’ in faith education and in their rituals of prayer and worship.

July 13, 2013

Vatican’s first resident envoy to Malaysia on use of the word, Allah, the beauty of Islam, and on a lighter note, durians…

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EnlightenmentJENNIFER GOMEZ

In his first interview with the Malaysian media, the first resident diplomat sent by the Vatican to live and work in this country responded to the controversial issue of the use of the Arabic word, Allah, to describe god in any religion, as well as the very current hot button topic of religious conversions.

Archbishop Joseph Marino (pic) said he supports the stand of the Catholic Church in Malaysia.

He applauded the arguments made by the Christian Federation of Malaysia to use “Allah” in its texts to refer to God as very well done.

Archbishop Marino qualified that although the ongoing court case was an internal matter for Malaysia, he was in support of the Christian federation’s arguments for the term, saying they were “quite logical and acceptable”. (more…)

April 16, 2013

Bishop condemns ‘Sunday’ polling

RK Anand

Bishop Paul Tan says the decision to hold polling on a Sunday, reflects the callous insensitivity towards Christians.

The Election Commission’s decision to hold the 13th general election on a Sunday has earned the wrath of a senior clergyman.

Bishop Paul Tan condemned it as a reflection of the callous insensitivity towards Christians here.

He said that despite the government knowing that Sunday is a holy day where Christians must go to Church and worship God, EC has fixed May 5 for polling. (more…)

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