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SIB applies for discovery of documents leading to 1986 "Allah" decision

KUALA LUMPUR: Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) has applied for the discovery of documents which lead to the Cabinet's decision in 1986 to ban the use of the word “Allah” in publications by religions other than Islam.

Ongkili: Barisan committed to preserving religious freedom

KOTA KINABALU: Barisan Nasional is committed to preserving religious freedom in Malaysia, said Datuk Seri Dr Maximus Ongkili.

Multi-pronged strategy needed

A letter from PROFESSOR DATUK DR AHMAD IBRAHIM, Tan Sri Omar Centre for STI Policy and Strategic Studies, UCSI University.

Leave no one behind

Sharon Ling - Et cetera

AT A conference in Kuching this week, Unicef Malaysia representative Marianne Clark-Hattingh shared a heartwarming story about education’s positive impact on a child, along with her family and community.

Adenan: Preserve indigenous languages

KUCHING: Malaysia’s indigenous languages should be preserved and promoted as they are a valuable linguistic and cultural resource, said Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem.

Mastering another’s language

IRFAN Syah Mahdifarid, 23, a faith and fatwa student at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia can speak Malay, English and Arabic. Now, the 23-year-old wants to add Mandarin to his list of languages.

Starting young: Seven-year-old Lourene Paul Raj (left) learning Chinese with her tutor Afifah Mohd Rafidzah, who learnt how to speak and write Mandarin at age five. — GRACE CHEN/The Star

Mass killings, forced evictions threaten indigenous, minority groups to point of 'eradication' - rights group

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Mass killings, forced evictions and conflicts over land put indigenous and minority groups at risk of being eradicated from their ancestral lands, a human rights group said on Tuesday.

Pope heads to Mexico's indigenous south as Catholic fervor fades

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LAS CASAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Pope Francis embraced the people of Mexico's poor indigenous south on Monday, denouncing their "systemic" exclusion from society and encouraging the use of native languages in Catholic worship in a bid to stem a tide of Protestant conversions.

Adenan’s bold move to restore 1963 pact

In Sarawak, English was never dethroned officially as the National Language Act 1963/67 was never ratified by the State Assembly.

Decision not easy to swallow

THE Federal Court’s final decision on the Herald case is a disappointing outcome of the Catholic Church’s legal battle over its right to use the word “Allah” in its publication.

What now?: Father Lawrence hopes the rights of minorities to profess their faith will be upheld.