Tuesday, 10 March 2009

非回教徒不准用Allah字眼‧檳沙砂直將頒佈禁令, Remaining states to gazette ruling for non-Muslim publications

KUALA LUMPUR: The four states which have yet to gazette a ruling prohibiting non-Muslim publications from using the word “Allah” will soon follow suit once the Conference of Rulers issues them a guideline on the matter.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said Penang, the Federal Territory, Sabah and Sarawak would soon gazette the ruling as part of their state enactments on Islamic matters.
“These four states are without rulers. Hence, Islam is under the King’s jurisdiction. It (gazetting of the ruling) will be done very soon.
“They will follow the guidelines to be determined by the Conference of Rulers,” he told reporters after the national-level Maulidur Rasul celebration at Dataran Merdeka here yesterday.
It was reported that action could be taken against non-Muslim publications, including the Catholic weekly The Herald in 10 states if they were found to be using four words related to Islam, which included “Allah.”
Johor, Malacca, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Kelantan, Tereng-ganu, Kedah, Perlis and Selangor have made the ruling part of their state enactments on Islamic matters.
A fatwa had been issued to prohibit non-Muslim publications from using the words “Allah,” “Kaabah,” “Solat” and “Baitullah” in reading materials.
The Catholic church has applied for a judicial review over the use of the word “Allah,” seeking to quash the decision of the Internal Security Minister (now Home Minister) in a letter on Feb 12, which imposed conditions on the publishing permit of The Herald.
即時新聞 2009-03-09 16:26