High Court sets Feb 20 hearing of church’s right to use the word ‘Allah’

Source: The Malay Mail Online

The SIB Church is seeking for its right to use the term 'Allah' in the Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia translations of the Bible, and all other religious publications and materials. — File pic

The SIB Church is seeking for its right to use the term ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia and Bahasa Indonesia translations of the Bible, and all other religious publications and materials. — File pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — The High Court here today set five days, from Feb 20 to 24 next year to hear an originating summons filed by the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Church over the right to use the word “Allah” in its religious publications and materials.

Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah fixed the dates in chambers when the matter came up for mention.

Lawyer Lim Seng Heng, represented the church and its president, Reverend Datuk Jerry W.A Dusing @ Jerry W. Patel, while senior federal counsel Shamsul Bolhassan acted on behalf of the Home Ministry and the government.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, representing the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP), who was present as ‘amicus curiae’, when met by reporters said the court also set Nov 29 for case management.

He said the court had also changed the legal application by the church from a judicial review to an originating summons to efficiently expedite the case. Read more