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Religious affairs minister calls for calm over ‘Allah’ issue
Published on: Tuesday, May 16, 2023
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Religious affairs minister calls for calm over ‘Allah’ issue
Religious affairs minister Na’im Mokhtar says he will work with the home ministry to preserve existing policies related to the use of ‘Allah’ and other words sacred in Islam. (Bernama pic)
PETALING JAYA: Religious affairs minister Na’im Mokhtar has called for calm over the 2021 High Court ruling giving a Sarawakian woman the right to use the word “Allah” in her religious learning, saying it was a “technical” legal issue.

In a statement, Na’im said all parties should be careful in their comments on the matter and avoid being swayed by sentiments in the interest of harmony.

“We will work with the home ministry to preserve existing policies in relation to the use of ‘Allah’ and other words sacred in Islam,” he said.

Earlier, Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim said the High Court’s ruling in 2021 on the issue is only applicable for Sarawak.

Yesterday, the government decided to withdraw its appeal against a High Court ruling on a Sarawakian woman’s right to use the word “Allah” in her religious education.

The Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC), representing the home ministry, notified the Court of Appeal on April 18 that it did not wish to pursue the appeal.

On March 10, 2021, the High Court, in a landmark decision, ruled that Jill Ireland could use the word “Allah” for the purpose of religious education in Bahasa Malaysia and her native Melanau language in Sarawak.

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