Malaysia ‘Allah’ ban overturned


A Malaysian court has overturned a government ban on non-Muslim publications using the word “Allah”. Ruling on a lawsuit filed by a Malaysian Roman Catholic church publication, the Kuala Lumpur High Court said on Thursday that the home ministry’s ban on the use of the word “Allah” was “illegal, null and void”. Judge Lau Bee Lan said the term was not exclusive to Islam, adding that all Malaysians had the right to use the word under the constitution which guarantees freedom of expression and religion. The Herald had filed for a judicial review after it was temporarily ordered to stop publishing in 2007 for using the word “Allah”.