The High Court has agreed to review a government order which disallowed Catholic weekly Herald from using the word 'Allah' in its BM articles.
Justice Lau Bee Lan, from the appellate and special powers division, read her decision to grant leave to the court to review the government order in a packed courtroom today.
In her swiftly-read judgment, she dismissed senior federal counsel Azizah Haji Nawawi’s argument that the declarations sought for by the Herald should be dealt with in a civil suit and not through a judicial review which is only restricted to orders made by the ministry.
“With regret I find the SFC’s (senior federal counsel’s) argument not substantial and I am in agreement with Porres Royan (Herald’s counsel) that it is premature for these issues to be raise at the leave stage.
“The issues concerning the declarations should be determined at the merit stage. The learned SFC’s objections to the declarations sought is without merit and is therefore dismissed,” she said during her 15-minute judgment.
On March 19, applicant Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of KL Murphy Pakiam filed for a judicial review against the internal security minister and the government over the order that banned the Herald from using the word ‘Allah’ in the Bahasa Malaysia section of the publication.
Read Haris Ibrahim's posting here.