Sidang Injil Borneo this morning filed a notice of appeal over the decision by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur last month, to include the Federal Territory Islamic Council as an intervenor in its judicial review application.
The application is on the use of the word 'Allah' in all publications for its congregations.
Counsel Lim Heng Seng today disclosed this to Malaysiakini after case management at the High Court. He added further case management had been set for March 14.
He said Justice Hanipah Farikullah today directed the plaintiff to submit the necessary documents to MAIWP following her decision to allow it as intervenor.
“MAIWP may also cross-examine some of the witnesses,” he added.
This was further confirmed by MAIWP lawyer Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla to Malaysiakini.
On Feb 23, it was reported that Justice Hanipah ruled that MAIWP had the duty and authority to advise the Agong on Islamic affairs and matters on the use of the word 'Allah' in publications and hence, it should be allowed as intervenor.
Application filed after seizure
Sidang Injil Borneo's Rev Jerry Dusing had named the Home Ministry and the government as respondents in the judicial review application, which was filed in 2007, following the seizure of books bearing the word 'Allah' at the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang that year.
Although the books were returned in 2008, just before the general election that year, Dusing did not withdraw the judicial review application as he said it affected the Christian community in Sabah and Sarawak, and the seizure went against the agreement of the two states joining Malaya to form Malaysia.
SIB is going ahead with the judicial review application as it does not want problems in the near future as a result of this, and the use of the religious books as pawns before each election.
On Oct 1, 2014, the Court of Appeal granted leave for SIB's application to be heard on its merits, resulting in this matter being heard now.
SIB actually was the first to make the application to file a judicial review over the challenge to use the word 'Allah' followed by the Roman Catholic archbishop and the Jill Ireland case.
However, the Roman Catholic archbishop's case was the first to be heard up to the Federal Court. -Mkini