Malaysia court delays Church appeal on 'Allah' ruling

Appeal ruling delayed

Hundreds of Muslims have demonstrated outside Malaysia's highest court as it postponed a decision on whether to hear the Church's bid to be allowed to call God 'Allah,' reports AAP/SBS.

The Church is seeking to challenge a lower court's ruling last October that sides with the government forbidding non-Muslims from using the Arabic Allah in the local Malay language, an issue that has increased tensions in the Muslim-majority multi-ethnic country.

But a seven-judge panel in the administrative capital of Putrajaya on Wednesday delayed its decision on whether to allow a full hearing of the case, or whether the lower court's verdict stands.

It gave no date for the decision after hearing arguments from both sides. The Church's lawyer, Cyrus Das, told AFP he was 'quite confident' the panel would allow a full hearing. The case is 'of great public importance', he said in court.

An appeals court in October barred the Catholic newspaper Herald from using 'Allah' in its Malay-language edition, overturning a lower court's 2009 ruling in favour of the Church.

FULL STORY Malaysia court delays 'Allah' ruling (AAP/SBS)