Malaysian government wins appeal, Catholic weekly cannot use word 'Allah'
The Appeals Court has disallowed the Malaysian Catholic church from using the term “Allah” in its weekly publication, on grounds that it will cause confusion in the majority-Muslim community.
In the judgment on Monday, a bench of three judges, headed by Datuk Seri Mohamed Apandi Ali, unanimously decided that the government is right to ban the word from being used in The Herald, a weekly publication by the catholic church, reversing a high court judgment in 2009.
He said the judges found that the word “Allah” is not an intergral part of faith in Christianity.
“Such usage, if allowed, will inevitably cause confusion within the community,” Mr Mohamed read in a summary of judgment.