Court puts off bid on Jill Ireland case

Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB)

KUALA LUMPUR: A hearing in the High Court on a bid by two Islamic bodies to intervene in an application by a Christian to get a constitutional declaration, on the word Allah, will be put on hold.

The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) and Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) want to intervene in the application lodged by Jill Ireland Lawrence Bill from Sarawak.

The postponement of the hearing for the two Islamic bodies follows a similar intervening appeal pending at the Court of Appeal.

Lawyer Lim Heng Seng, for Jill, said that he informed the High Court that the Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) Church has a similar appeal against its decision.

The High Court allowed MAIWP to be a party in the judicial review by the church against the government. The judicial review was to challenge its seizure of religious books.

“The High Court wants to know the outcome from the Court of Appeal,” he said. “The court fixed September 29 for case management for us to inform the decision for SIB.”

Earlier this year, after the High Court allowed MAIWP to intervene in the church’s challenge against the government, Pastor Jerry Dusing appealed.

During the appeal hearing, the Court of Appeal asked for further submission from SIB on whether MAIWP’s intervention would affect the Attorney-General’s (AG) as a guardian of public interest.

Last year, the Court of Appeal upheld a High Court decision and ordered the Home Ministry to return CDs seized from Jill. The ministry returned the CDs to her in September last year.

The apex court sent her cross appeal, on her right to use the word Allah, back to the High Court to be tried.