Court: Mais cannot intervene in ‘Allah’ CDs case, no rights over non-Muslims

Source: The Malay Mail Online

Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s lawyer Lim Heng Seng (pic) said the High Court had made its decision in accordance with a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s lawyer Lim Heng Seng (pic) said the High Court had made its decision in accordance with a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal. ― Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR, March 13 — The High Court today ruled that the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) cannot intervene in a Sarawakian Christian’s constitutional challenge over her eight compact discs containing the word “Allah”, as it has no direct interest in the case and has no rights over non-Muslims.

Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill’s lawyer Lim Heng Seng said the High Court had made its decision in accordance with a previous ruling by the Court of Appeal, where the latter had similarly disallowed the Islamic body of the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (Maiwp) from intervening in Sabah Sidang Injil Borneo’s (SIB) lawsuit over the government seizure of Christian materials with the word “Allah”.

“Essentially the court went along the same line as the SIB case to say that Mais, just like MAIWP, has got no rights against non-Muslims and no liability to non-Muslims as well, so there’s no grounds for them to be a party to these proceedings,” he told reporters here. Read more