Submit expert report on the word ‘Allah’, ministry told


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  • Tuesday, 20 Jun 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court has ordered the Home Ministry to submit an expert report on the use of the word “Allah” involving the case of Sarawakian clerk Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill, whose CDs were seized nine years ago.

Bill’s lawyer Annou Xavier said the report is related to whether the word is exclusive to Muslims or Christians can use it.

“The report must be filed on or before July 14. We have to wait for the report to see its content,” he said after the parties met High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin in chambers yesterday.

Xavier said Justice Nor Bee also fixed Sept 19 for the hearing proper.

Senior Federal Counsel Shamsul Bolhassan, who acted for the Home Ministry and the Government, said he would contact the mi­­nistry to identify the experts for the report.

In her judicial review application filed in August 2008, Bill named the Home Ministry and the Government as the respondents.

The CDs titled Cara Hidup Dalam Kerajaan Allah, Hidup Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah and Ibadah Yang Benar Dalam Kerajaan Allah were seized from the Melanau woman at the low-cost carrier terminal in Sepang on May 11, 2008.

On July 21, 2014, the High Court ordered that the CDs be returned to her but did not issue a declaration – which she had applied – that she had the right to keep, use and import the CDs.

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