KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June 2009: The Roman Catholic Church today withdrew its 2008 application for a judicial review over the usage of the word “Allah” in its weekly publication.
High Court judge Lau Bee Lan struck out the application in chambers.
Counsel S Selvarajah for the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam, informed the media that the church withdrew the application as the permit for the Herald publication for the period 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2008 had expired.
As such, the judicial review sought in 2008 had become academic.
On 5 May 2008, Pakiam, as publisher of the Herald, named the Home Ministry and government of Malaysia as respondents in his action for a declaration that the decision of the respondents dated 12 Feb 2008 prohibiting him from using the word “Allah” in the Herald: The Catholic Weekly is illegal.
He also sought a declaration that he is entitled to use the word “Allah”, and that the word “Allah” is not exclusive to the religion of Islam.
Selvarajah said Pakiam’s fresh application for judicial review, which was filed on 16 Feb this year, would be heard on 7 July. — Bernama
See also: The problem with the “Allah” ban