Malaysia allows Herald magazine to use Allah in its publications only for Christians

February 27th, 2009 - 12:33 pm ICT by ANI  

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 27 (ANI): The word Allah can be used by the Catholic Herald magazine in Malaysia provided the publication clearly states the word is For Christians only in its masthead.
Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew said this was stated in the recently gazetted Internal Security Act signed by the Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar on February 16.
The next edition of the Herald will contain the word Allah, and we will print the words For Christians only on the masthead so as not to contravene the Act, The Star quoted him, as saying.
It is learnt the Act also forbids the use of the words Kaabah, solat and baitullah.
Meanwhile, the Home Ministrys Quran Publication Control and Text Division secretary Che Din Yusoh confirmed the content of the gazetted Act.
The High Court will today hear the mention of the case about the use of the word Allah in the Herald.
The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur, who is the plaintiff, had applied for a judicial review of a Home Ministry directive last year forbidding the Herald publisher from using the word Allah as a synonym for God.
On Dec 5, the publisher filed a writ of summons in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to seek a declaration on the use of the word. (ANI)

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