Malaysian church fails bid to challenge seizure of religious books

KUALA LUMPUR - Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) lost in its bid at the KL High Court on Monday to get a court order to challenge the seizure of children's religious books, which contained the word "Allah".

Justice Zaleha held that she was bound by a recent Court of Appeal ruling which held that the word "Allah" was not an integral part of the faith and practices of Christianity.

High Court senior assistant registrar Arun Noval Dass read out the judgment in chambers as Justice Zaleha was on emergency leave.

On Dec 10, 2007, SIB and its Sabah president Datuk Jerry Dusing filed the leave application for a judicial review to quash the Government's decision to seize the books.

They claimed the Customs Department had confiscated the books containing the word "Allah" at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang in August, 2007.

The books were imported from Indonesia.