KUALA LUMPUR, 3 Aug 2009: The High Court here today allowed eight parties, including seven Islamic religious councils, to be intervenors in the new application by the Kuala Lumpur Roman Catholic Church for a judicial review in the matter of using the word “Allah” in its weekly publication.
Justice Lau Bee Lan made the decision in her chambers on grounds that all the parties involved had legal interests in the issue.
The eight are the Islamic religious councils of Perak, Terengganu, Penang, Selangor, Kedah, Johor and Melaka, and the Malaysian Chinese Muslim Association.
The court, however, rejected the application by the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council to intervene in the case.
Senior Federal Counsel Datuk Kamaluddin Mohd Said told reporters that the Malaysian Gurdwaras Council’s application was rejected as it did not have any legal interests in the issue compared with the others.
On 16 Feb, Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam filed a new application for a judicial review after a similar application in 2008 was deemed academic following the expiry of the Herald‘s publication permit for the period of 1 Jan to 31 Dec 2008.
In the application, Pakiam, as the publisher of Herald, named the Home Ministry and the government of Malaysia as respondents.
He is seeking, among other things, a declaration that the decision by the respondents 7 Jan 2009 prohibiting him from using the word “Allah” in Herald – The Catholic Weekly was illegal, and that the word “Allah” was not exclusive to the religion of Islam. — Bernama