Religious councils given 10 days to decide over Sarawakian's appeal

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  • Monday, 17 Oct 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has asked two religious councils to decide by Oct 27 whether they still want to intervene in the judicial review proceedings filed by a Sarawakian that she has constitutional right to import publications containing the word “Allah” for the practice of her religion and her right to education. 

The two are the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) and the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS). 

High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin gave them 10 days to update the court on their intervener bid. 

Speaking to reporters after the parties met the judge in chambers Monday, MAIS lawyer Zirwatul Hanan Abdul Rahman said the judge wants to know whether they want to proceed or withdraw in the proceedings. 

Sarawakian clerk Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill's lawyer, who confirmed the details, said this is because of developments in another case where the Court of Appeal allowed Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) and its Sabah president's bid to deny MAIWP from being an intervener in their case over their right to use the word "Allah" to practise religion. 

Instead, the appellate court allowed MAIWP to appear in the case as "amicus curiae" (friend of the court). 

In an affidavit, MAIWP legal unit chief Mohd Syahrizal Syah Zakaria said Lawrence Bill's case will not be prejudiced if the council intervenes since it is a new proceeding over a constitutional matter.


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