Federal Court reserves judgement in 'Allah' case

Muslim groups gather outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya, waiting for the Federal Court’s decision in the 'Allah' case.

PUTRAJAYA - The Federal Court in Malaysia has reserved judgement in the leave application by Catholic weekly The Herald to challenge the Home Ministry over the ban on the use of word "Allah".

On Oct 14 last year, a three-man bench of the Court of Appeal led by Federal Court Judge Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali unanimously allowed the government's appeal to ban The Herald from using the word "Allah".

The court had set aside the decision of the High Court which had allowed the publication to use the word.

The hearing for the application for leave to appeal to the Federal Court had originally been set for Feb 24, before being rescheduled to Wednesday, March 5.