Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Editor's Pick

Malaysian court overturns ban on use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslim publications

World15 minutes ago (Mar 10, 2021 06:00AM ET)

(C) Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Police monitor traffic at the entrance of Malaysia’s High Court before the arrival of Malaysia’s opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in Kuala Lumpur

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – A Malaysian court on Wednesday overturned a decades-old government policy barring non-Muslim publications from using the word “Allah” to refer to God, in a landmark ruling on an issue that has fanned religious tensions in the mainly Muslim country.

The decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court, which was confirmed by a lawyer in the case and reported by media, including national news agency Bernama, was part of a case brought by Jill Ireland, a Malaysian Christian, who sought a declaration that her constitutional rights had been violated.

Authorities in 2008 seized Malay-language religious books and compact discs from Ireland at Kuala Lumpur airport, based on a 1986 home ministry directive banning Malay-language Christian publications from using the word “Allah”.

Many Malay-speaking Christians say the word has been used in the country for centuries, particularly on Malaysia’s side of Borneo island. Ireland is Melanau, an indigenous ethnic group from Sarawak state on Borneo.

The court on Wednesday declared that the constitution granted Ireland equality before the law and that she was entitled to import the publications in the exercise of her rights to education and to practice religion, her lawyer Annou Xavier told Reuters.

“The court also declared that the 1986 directive by the Home Ministry… was unlawful and unconstitutional,” Xavier said.

The High Court’s judgment was not immediately available to media.

Home Ministry officials did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Malaysia’s highest court in 2015 had an appeal by the Catholic Church to use “Allah” in a Christian publication, after a previous tribunal ruled the word was exclusive to majority Malay Muslims. Christians make up about 9% of Malaysia’s population, according to a 2010 census.

The court said Wednesday’s decision did not contradict the 2015 ruling, however, as it concerned an individual’s constitutional rights rather than matters surrounding publishing, according to Xavier.

Malaysian court overturns ban on use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslim publications

Disclaimer: Fusion Media would like to remind you that the data contained in this website is not necessarily real-time nor accurate. All CFDs (stocks, indexes, futures) and Forex prices are not provided by exchanges but rather by market makers, and so prices may not be accurate and may differ from the actual market price, meaning prices are indicative and not appropriate for trading purposes. Therefore Fusion Media doesn`t bear any responsibility for any trading losses you might incur as a result of using this data.

Fusion Media or anyone involved with Fusion Media will not accept any liability for loss or damage as a result of reliance on the information including data, quotes, charts and buy/sell signals contained within this website. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You May Also Like


Neque porro quisquam est, qui dolorem ipsum quia dolor sit amet, consectetur, adipisci velit, sed quia non numquam eius modi tempora incidunt.


Nemo enim ipsam voluptatem quia voluptas sit aspernatur aut odit aut fugit, sed quia consequuntur magni dolores eos qui ratione.


Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem eum.


At vero eos et accusamus et iusto odio dignissimos ducimus qui blanditiis praesentium voluptatum deleniti atque corrupti quos dolores.

Disclaimer: it's managers and its employees (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised or above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial or health advice. Copyright © 2021 Buzz Clever. All Rights Reserved