FT Islamic council withdraws bid to intervene in Allah case

haniff-sib-maiwpKUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council (MAIWP) will withdraw its application to intervene in Jill Ireland Lawrence’s bid to seek a declaration in the Allah case.

Lawyer for MAIWP, Haniff Khatri Abdulla, confirmed this after meeting High Court judge Justice Nor Bee Ariffin.

“We made an oral application to be accepted as ‘amicus curiae’ (friend of the court) in the court proceedings,” he said.

However, he added, the Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS) wants to proceed with its intervenor application.

The court fixed December 16 to hear the application.

Jill filed a judicial review to challenge the Home Minister’s decision to seize her religious materials, in the form of CDs, containing the word Allah.

She is also seeking a declaration on her right to use the word Allah.

The High Court has meanwhile, converted the judicial review by Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) into an originating summons. The judicial review was on the seizure of its books containing the term Allah.

SIB President Rev Jerry Dusing filed the judicial review on Dec 10 2007. They named the Home Minister and the government as respondents.

The application was on the seizure of SIB’s religious publications at the Low Cost Carrier Terminal in Sepang in August 2007.

The books were returned in January 2008.

The church is also seeking a declaration that it has the constitutional right to use the word “Allah” for religious publications and purposes.