Mahkamah Rayuan: The Herald tak boleh guna kalimah Allah...
Mahkamah Rayuan Putrajaya hari ini memutuskan bahawa The Herald tidak boleh menggunakan kalimah 'Allah' dalam penerbitan Katolik itu untuk merujuk kepada 'Allaha 'Tuhan'.
Mahkamah Rayuan Putrajaya sebulat suara membatalkan keputusan yang dibuat oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur sebelum ini.
Hakim Mohamed Apandi berkata Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur terkhilaf apabila mengetepikan keputusan menteri dalam negeri dan bahawa tidak berlaku pelanggaran hak bagi Katolik untuk menggunakan kalimah 'Allah' dalam The Herald.Ketika membaca penghakiman ringkas kes tersebut, beliau berkata, ia adalah penemuan bersama mereka bahawa penggunaan kalimah 'Allah' bukan merupakan sebahagian daripada kepercayaan dan amalan agama Kristian.
Daripada penemuan tersebut, tambahnya, mereka mendapati tidak ada sebab untuk responden (Archbishop Titular Catholic Church) berkeras untuk menggunakan kalimah 'Allah' dalam penerbitan mingguan itu.
Penggunaan kalimah tersebut, tegas hakim Mohamed Apandi, jika dibiarkan pasti akan menyebabkan kekeliruan dalam masyarakat."-malaysiakini
Kristian Sabah dan Sarawak tetap terus guna kalimah Allah...
Penganut Kristian Sarawak tetap dengan pendirian untuk menggunakan kalimah Allah dalam Bahasa Melayu daninjil bahasa tempatan serta dalam penerbitan gereja walaupun Mahkamah Rayuan hari ini telah membuat keputusan sebaliknya, kata Menteri Pembangunan Tanah negeri Tan Sri Dr James Masing.
Masing menyifatkan keputusan penghakiman tersebut sebagai "tidak asli" kerana asas penggunaan kalimah Allah wujud sebelum kedatangan Islam, serta menegaskan keputusan mahkamah itu akan memberi kesan negatif kepada bukan Muslim bukan hanya di Sabah dan Sarawak.
"Kami (Kristian di Sabah dan Saraawak) telah menggunakan kalimah Allah sejak 100 tahun dahulu. Kenapa tiba-tiba kami tidak boleh gunakannya?
"Adakah mereka (Muslim) mempunyai mimpi mengatakan penganut Krisitian tidak boleh menggunakan kalimah Allah?" soal beliau.
"Rakan-rakan Muslim kami (di Sabah dan Sarawak) tidak pertikai kami gunakannya," katanya.
Masing juga mengingatkan penganut Kristian di Sarawak bahawa Ketua Menteri Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud pada masa lalu telah menekankan isu tersebut dan memberi jaminan tidak akan menghalang mereka daripada menggunakan kalimah suci itu. - TMI
Court says 'No' to use of 'Allah' in Catholic weekly...
It’s confirmed - Catholic weekly The Herald cannot use the word ‘Allah’ in the publication to refer to ‘God’. The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya today unanimously over-ruled the landmark decision by the Kuala Lumpur High Court.
In an immediate response, The Herald editor Father Lawrence Andrew expressed disappointment, but said there are plans to lodge an appeal with the Federal Court.
The Home Ministry and government had appealed against the lower court’s decision to allow the word to be used in the publication.
Justice Mohamed Apandi said the KL High Court was wrong in disturbing the home minister's decision and that there has been no infringement of the right of Catholics to use the word ‘Allah’ in The Herald.
"It is our common finding that use of the name 'Allah' is not an integral part of the faith and practice of Christianity," he said, reading out a summary judgment.
"From such finding, we find no reason why the respondent (Archbishop Titular Catholic Church) is so adamant on using the name 'Allah' in the weekly publication. Such use if allowed will inevitably cause confusion within the community."
“It is also our reading this is how the element of ‘in peace and harmony’ in Article 3(1) of the federal constitution is to be read with freedom of religion in Article 11(1) of the constitution,” he said.
He also said the court is satisfied that the home minister had acted correctly in discharging his statutory duty under the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984.
“There is sufficient evidence to show that the subjective decision was derived by considering all facts and circumstances in an objective manner. Thus there is no plausible reason for the High Court to interfere with the minister's decision,” he said.“All orders pursuant to judicial review are set aside, and there is no order as to costs,” he said.-malaysiakini
Sarawak Christians will continue use “Allah” - James Masing...
Sarawak will continue to allow the use of the word Allah in Bahasa Malaysia and native language Bibles and church publications, said State Land Development Minister Tan Sri Dr James Masing, following the Court of Appeal's ruling today not to allow Catholic weekly The Herald to use the term.
Masing described the ruling as “not genuine”, saying the use of the word Allah predated Islam.
“We (Christians in Sabah and Sarawak) have been using the word Allah for over 100 years.
Why suddenly we are now told we cannot use it?" he asked, adding that the court's decision would have a negative impact on non-Muslims beyond Sabah and Sarawak.
“Did they have a dream that Allah said they (the Christians) can't use the word Allah?” he asked, referring to the opposition by some Muslim groups in West Malaysia on the usage of the word in Christian texts.
Referring to Muslims in Sabah and Sarawak as "brothers", Masing said they had no qualms about Christians using the word.
Masing reminded Christians in the state that Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud had in the past weighed in on the issue by giving assurance that he would not stop them from using the word Allah.
PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian, saying he was stunned by the decision, said churches and Christians in Sabah and Sarawak would continue using the word Allah.
“I am stunned by the decision.
“We have produced very clear facts that we were promised a guarantee by our forefathers when Sabah and Sarawak helped form Malaysia.
“The ruling appears to go against the fundamental rights that were promised," said Baru, adding that the decision goes against the Malaysia agreement.
Baru, a church elder of the Kuching Evangelical Church for over a decade until he joined politics, said the ruling went against Article 11 of the Federal Constitution which allows people to profess and propagate their religious beliefs.
Believing that the Catholic church would appeal today's decision, Baru appealed to Christians, who are majority in the two states, to remain calm and “look at the whole issue rationally”.
“There will be an appeal to the Federal Court so the decision is not final.”
Christian churches grouped under the Association of Churches in Sarawak have refrained from making any statements, saying they would wait for more details on the ruling.
“We need to consult with the other churches first,” the association's secretary-general Ambrose Linang said when contacted.
Its chairman Datuk Bolly Lapok said on Saturday that the association “finds it completely unacceptable that what have been common practices of the Christians in Sabah and Sarawak for generations, more than 100 years before the very idea of Malaysia was conceived, are now held as unlawful by the government”.
He said to stop using Allah in the practice of their faith would amount to a curb on religious freedom.
Outside the court today, Perkasa vice-president Datuk Zulkifli Noordin said that Al-Kitab, the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible, could continue to be distributed in Malaysia.
However, Zulkifli insisted that the holy book must not contain 32 words, including “Allah”, as the words are prohibited for use by non-Muslims, as stated in Islamic enactments in several states.
“I have no problem if they want to publish the Al Kitab without those words, not just ‘Allah’, but 32 words in the Syariah Criminal Enactment,” Zulkifli told reporters after the verdict.
Former PAS deputy president Nasharuddin Mat Isa said the appellate court ruling clearly indicated that the word “Allah” is exclusive to Muslims.
“So, everyone should stick to that decision,” Nasharuddin told reporters.-TMI
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