Now, Sikhs want to
be part of suit over the word Allah
KUALA LUMPUR, July 4, 2008
The Sikh community in Malaysia has become the latest party seeking
to intervene in the suit by the Catholic Church over the use of
the word “Allah.”
The Malaysian Gurdwaras Council filed an application to intervene
in the suit through the firm of Jagjit Singh & Co on Tuesday.
In a supporting affidavit, its president Jagir Singh said the word
“Allah” in reference to God was an integral part of
the original version of the Sikh holy book, the Sri Guru Granth
As such, he said, no followers of the Sikh religion would tolerate
any form of obstruction on the use of the original terms taken from
the holy book.
Jagir Singh said the council, the umbrella body of some 130 gurdwaras
nationwide representing more than 100,000 followers of the Sikh
religion, had an interest in the declaration sought by the applicant
of the suit.
In the suit, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Datuk
Murphy Pakiam is seeking to declare that the Catholic weekly Herald
is entitled to use the word “Allah”.
He is also seeking to declare that its usage was not exclusive
Rev Murphy, 70, had named the then Internal Security Minister (now
Home Minister after the ministry was merged with the Home Affairs
Ministry) and the Government as respondents in the application filed
on March 19.
The archbishop is named as an applicant in the action in his capacity
as publisher of the Herald.
Other parties which have applied to intervene in the suit are the
Penang Islamic Religious Council, Terengganu Islamic Religious and
Malay Custom Council, Federal Territories Islamic Religious Council
and Perak Islamic Religious and Malay Custom Council.