Mais: Dewan Bahasa can prepare BM bible to correct Christians’ ‘Allah’ use

Source: Malay Mail Online

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka can prepare an official Malay translation of the bible to correct Christians’ alleged error in using the word “Allah” for God, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) asserted in court today.

Mais lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla claimed that the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak had wrongly used “Allah” for God in Bahasa Malaysia, arguing that they should instead use “Tuhan” and that this would not deprive them of their rights.

“That’s why we submit it should be sent to Dewan Bahasa. That will also be in line with para 2 of 2011,” he said, referring to the government’s 10-point solution issued in 2011 which had said bibles of all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia, can be printed in Malaysia.

“The government is also interested in allowing for Bahasa Malaysia publication of bibles. If Bahasa Malaysia publication of bibles is allowed, Dewan Bahasa would then prepare text to be approved by the Christian community, we would then not have this issue for generations to come,” he said. Read more

Mais gets court’s nod to continue bid to stop SIS’s ‘deviant’ fatwa challenge

Source: The Malay Online

File picture showing lawyer Surendra Ananth (third from left) and members and supporters of Sisters in Islam. — Picture by Zurairi AR

PUTRAJAYA — The Federal Court today allowed the Selangor religious authorities to continue with its bid to end Sisters in Islam’s (SIS) legal challenge against a fatwa labelling the latter as “deviant”.

The Federal Court said the five questions of law submitted by the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (Mais) and two others sued by SIS need to be discussed in court.

“We allow the application on the five questions presented to us,” said Chief Justice Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif, who chaired the three-man panel.

The two other judges are Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin and Datuk Seri Abu Samah Nordin.

The five questions of law include whether the Shariah court’s jurisdiction can be implied from or has to be expressly stated in state laws; and whether a fatwa issued under a Selangor state law is within the exclusive jurisdiction of Shariah courts. Read more

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