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November 14, 2013

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


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…)

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