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by qishin tariq
Members of a Muslim NGO outside the Palace of Justice court complex waiting for the verdict.
The panel comprised Justices Abu Samah Nordin, Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Rohana Yusuf.
Hearing for the appeal has been fixed for Sept 10.
Earlier, lawyer Porries Royan, for the church, had argued that in the 10-point signed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak on April 11, 2011, the Government allowed the importation and publication of bibles in all languages, including Malay and Indonesian, with the word Allah without restriction; thus the Herald too should be allowed to use the word.
Senior Federal Counsel Suzanna Atan replied that the application was frivolous as there were many live and comprehensive issues to be trial.
Counsel for the Terengganu Islamic Religious Council submitted that it was premature to strike out the appeal, as the Cabinet's decision to allow the bible to be distributed in Malay had nothing to do with this appeal.
His stand was also adopted by the Islamic religious councils from Selangor, Kedah, Johor, Wilayah Persekutuan and Malacca, which were made interveners.
The Roman Catholic Archbishop filed the application against the government's appeal on July 9.
The Home Ministry and the government were appealing against the Dec 31, 2009 High Court decision that allowed the church's judicial review to lift the Ministry's ban on the use of the word "Allah" in the Herald to refer to the Christian god.
The church, led by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, filed the judicial review on Feb 16, 2009, naming the Home Ministry and the government as respondents.
They sought, among others, a declaration that the decision by the Home Ministry on Jan 7, 2009, prohibiting the use of the word 'Allah' in the Herald was illegal and that the word 'Allah' is not exclusive to the religion of Islam.
The weekly, published in four languages, has been using the word 'Allah' as a translation for 'God' in its Malay-language section, but the government argued that 'Allah' should be used exclusively only by Muslims.
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