Federal Court to hear Catholic Church’s review application over 'Allah' ban today

Federal Court to hear Catholic Church’s review application over 'Allah' ban today
Crowd outside of Palace of Justice to hear the appeal to use word "Allah" in Putrajaya. The government was appealing against a landmark decision in 2009 by the High Court that lifted a ban by the Home Minister on the use of “Allah” to refer to the Christian god in the Herald, a Catholic weekly newspaper.

PUTRAJAYA - The defence team for Catholic weekly Herald will submit its arguments Wednesday in its final bid to convince the Federal Court to review its own decision in refusing leave to challenge the Home Ministry over the ban on the use of the word "Allah".

Chief Justice Ariffin Zakaria, who chaired a seven-man panel on June 23 last year, had denied leave to the weekley's publisher in a majority decision.

It was the first time that such a large panel had sat to hear and determine the application for leave.

The publisher - then Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Tan Sri Murphy Packiam (who is now KL Archbishop Emeritus) - had filed for review application under Rule 137 of the Rules of Federal Court 1995.

In dismissing the application for leave, Justice Arifin had held that the minister's decision with regard the ban was lawful and reasonable.

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