The Herald (the Catholic weekly) has already been ordered not to use the word in its Malay edition as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue publishing in English, Chinese and Tamil.
The order came last month from the government.
Home Minister Syed Hamid issued a warning on Wednesday. He said the Herald should, until the court makes its ruling, abide by the order to not use the word "Allah".
PUTRAJAYA: The Home Ministry may take legal action against the Catholic weekly, Herald, over its continued use of the word "Allah" in this week's issue.
"We should abide by the law and the government's decision. The decision to ban the use of the word 'Allah' in its publication does not come from the ministry but from the cabinet.
"If anything happens, then don't put the blame on us. I will refer this matter to our legal unit."
The weekly's editor, Father Lawrence Andrew, was quoted by AFP as saying on Tuesday that he intended to continue doing so until the court rules on the issue next month.
The government last month ordered a ban on the Herald's Malay edition until the court makes its decision, as part of conditions for it to be allowed to continue publishing in English, Chinese and Tamil.
Andrew had also said Munshi Abdullah, the father of modern Malay literature, translated the Bible into Malay in 1852 and he also translated the word "God" as "Allah".
"So, there is strong historical proof of what has been used for centuries.
Click here to continue.
I didn't realize that Bahasa Malaysia has been used so extensively in churches or in their newsletters in the country for a long time.
Now I know.
The case is pending a ruling so I shan't make any comments on it.
But I'm just wondering why the Herald is defying a government order to continue using the word "Allah"?
I don't usually agree with the government's ban on issues, but on this one, I'd have to say that the ruling is acceptable.