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Tuesday September 10, 2013 MYT 10:27:00 AM
Tuesday September 10, 2013 MYT 3:00:21 PM
by tashny sukumaran AND qishin tariq
Crowd outside Palace of Justice.
The Court of Appeal began hearing submissions from the respective lawyers on the case at 9.30am Tuesday.
Counsels for both the Roman Catholic Archbishop in Kuala Lumpur, the Government and other appealing parties would be submitting their arguments throughout the day.
The three-man panel is chaired by Mohamed Apandi Ali, and included Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim.
Many protesters, including Perkasa and Perkid members, wore red t-shirts, which read 'Allah: Just For Muslims. Fight No Fear'.
They sang religious songs and waved banners with slogans and also cries of 'Hormat Islam', and 'Takbir Allah'.
Fallen Shah Alam candidate and Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zul Noordin also made an appearance, where he exhorted Muslims to defend their religion.
On Aug 22, the Court of Appeal unanimously denied the Roman Catholic Archbishop's application to strike out the Government's appeal.
On July 9, the Roman Catholic Archbishop filed the strike out application against the Government's appeal.
The Home Ministry and the Government were appealing against the Dec 31, 2009 High Court decision in allowing 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 Tan Sri 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.
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