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Monday September 9, 2013 MYT 6:16:00 PM
Monday September 9, 2013 MYT 6:23:44 PM
by rashvinjeet s.bedi
PETALING JAYA: Catholic priest Rev Father Lawrence Andrew has urged the public not to come to the court when the case over the usage of the word 'Allah' is heard in the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.
“The court room is very small and people won’t be able to enter. Many people will be disappointed. The best thing they can do is to pray,” said the editor of the Catholic Weekly Herald.
The court will listen to an appeal by the government and the Home Ministry on a 2009 High Court’s decision to lift the Ministry’s ban on the use of the word 'Allah' in the Herald.
Father Lawrence said it was difficult to predict the outcome of the case and leaves it to the court to make the judgement.
“We will just face the days as they come. I’m not terribly concerned,” he told the Star Online.
The Herald filed suit against the Malaysian government in December 2007 after the government threatened to revoke its printing permit if it continued to use the word 'Allah' in the Malay section of the newspaper.
The then Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar signed an order prohibiting the Herald from using the word "Allah" in its publication.
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