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ICC Note: In a potentially incendiary comment the Home Minister of Malaysia has publicly stated that the Arabic word for God, Allah, can only be used by Muslims. The issue over the use of the word, which has been printed in Malay language versions of the Bible for almost 400 years, sparked attacks on churches in Malaysia back in 2009 and 2010. Currently a court case is pending over the legality of Christians using the word. 
8/21/2013 Malaysia (UCANews) – Ahead of the government appeal in the Court of Appeal over the use of “Allah”, Putrajaya [Malaysian government center] has taken a firm stand that the term referring to God cannot be used by non-Muslims.
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said today non-Muslims must respect the rights of Muslims over the matter and there cannot be any compromise.
“They must respect. The use of the word Allah is exclusive to Muslims. Full stop,” Ahmad Zahid told reporters after attending a Hari Raya open house organised by Pengasih in Kuala Lumpur.
Ahmad Zahid said he meant no disrespect to the court.

”All Muslims irrespective of their religious and political inclination must be united over the issue,” he said.
The Court of Appeal has fixed Wednesday to hear the application of the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur to strike out the government’s appeal against a High Court ruling to allow a Catholic weekly newspaper to use the word “Allah”. 

In the event the Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop fails to strike out the appeal, the Court of Appeal will proceed to hear the government’s appeal on September 10.

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