Thursday, January 22, 2015

Top Court Rules That Malaysian Catholics Can’t Use ‘Allah’ in Publications

By Manirajan Ramasamy, Chong Pooi Koon and Andrea Tan

MALAYSIA---Malaysia’s top court dismissed a final bid by the Catholic church to use the word “Allah” in its newspaper, highlighting a debate on non-Muslims using the word in a climate of rising religious tensions. “The decision made today is very disappointing,” Father Lawrence Andrew, founding editor of the Herald, told reporters Wednesday. “But we respect the federal constitution and only want peace and harmony for this country, that we love very much. Therefore, we hope the rights and faith of the minorities in this country will not be oppressed.” [link]