Allah issue: Disappointed Herald editor says will await appeal

(The Star) – Rev Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of Catholic Weekly Herald, has expressed his disappointment over the Court of Appeals decision over the usage of the word Allah.

He said he felt that the lawyers for the Roman Catholic Church of Kuala Lumpur, which filed an application to strike out the government’s appeal against a High Court ruling to allow Herald to use Allah, had argued their case very well.

“We just have to wait for the appeal to be heard and see how it goes,” he told The Star Online.

He was commenting on the ruling by a three-member panel on Thursday to allow the Government to proceed with the appeal.

The three-member panel of the Court of Appeal on Thursday denied the application by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur to strike out the government’s appeal.
The panel comprised Justices Abu Samah Nordin, Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim and Rohana Yusuf.

The Chairman and the Executive Committee of the Christian Federation of Malaysia, Rev. Dr Eu Hong Seng, hoped the matter would not be politicised but that the Court of Appeal be allowed to fairly adjudicate over the matter. 

“It is our solemn hope that our factual perspective on the issue will prevail in the courts of our land,” he said.

Malay rights group, Perkasa, said it is grateful that the Government can not proceed with the appeal, reiterating that the word Allah “is only for Muslims.”

It’s secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali said that the decision was an important one for Muslims in Malaysia.

“Allah is only for Muslims. It is our right. We will support the issue all the way and we urge all Muslims to follow the issue closely,” he said.