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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Review of decision on word 'Allah'

Kuala Lumpur: Saturday, April 25, 2009. The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur was given leave by the High Court here Friday to quash the Home Ministry's decision prohibiting the use of the word "Allah" in the Herald Catholic Weekly.

Archbishop Datuk Murphy Nicholas Xavier Pakiam was also granted leave to apply for nine declarations, including to declare that the decision of Home Ministry and the Government of Malaysia was illegal and ultra vires the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.

His counsel, S. Selvarajah, told reporters that Justice Lau Bee Lan granted the leave under Order 53 of the Rules of the High Court in chambers.

Senior federal counsel Suzana Atan, for the Ministry and Government, did not object to the application.

Lau also fixed May 28 to hear the application for a stay of the Home Ministry's decision.

On Feb 16, this year, Murphy, as publisher of the Herald, filed for a judicial review to quash the decision of the respondents dated Jan 7, 2009 that the applicant's publication permit for the period Jan 1, 2009 until Dec 31, 2009, is subject to the condition that he be prohibited from using the word "Allah" in the Herald.



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