… but the latest Herald edition just out this weekend comes without the usual eight-page Malay supplement. And that’s thanks to a Home Ministry (KDN) letter at the end of last year, prohibiting the paper from publishing in Malay until the court decides if it can use the term “Allah”.
A subsequent KDN letter reversed the ban – but still left a couple of conditions intact – after the Archbishop had sent a letter to the Home Ministry, giving it seven days to think about the ban.
Wonder if all this back-tracking has anything to do with the by-election in Kuala Terengganu.
The Malay supplement is expected to resume next week – but will the Church drop the use of the term “Allah” pending a court decision on the matter, as the KDN would like?
This report from The Star today:
Govt not against ‘Herald’ publishing in BM
PETALING JAYA: The Home Ministry has never prohibited the use of Bahasa Malaysia in the Roman Catholic Church’s publication Herald.
“The Ministry is only against the use of the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God.
“The correct and appropriate translation for God in Bahasa Malaysia or Melayu is ‘Tuhan’,” said the ministry’s Quran Publication Control and Text Division Secretary Che Din Yusoh in a statement on Friday.
Che Din made the statement in response to the Council of Churches Youth Committee statement on Wednesday that said it regretted the Ministry’s ruling prohibiting the publication from using Bahasa Malaysia.