Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Nazri Aziz has come out in defence of the Home Ministry’s move in appealing to the Court of Appeal over the controversial “Allah” issue.
He said that High Court judge Lau Lee Lan, who made the ruling that Catholics could use the word “Allah” in their weekly publication Herald, was wrong.
Nazri asserted that the judicial review was supposed to be on whether the Home Minister had the power to impose the ban, not on whether non-Muslims should be allowed to use the word “Allah”.
If non-Muslims are allowed to use the word 'Allah', what is the right of the Home Minister to impose a ban on the word? A ministerial directive must respect the constitutional rights of the people. Only an UMNO government would insist on a non-contestable ministerial decision.
No thanks to Dr M, the absolute ministerial power should be curtailed and made more accountable and responsible.
Nevertheless, Nazri's selective judgement is worrying. If Justice Lau was wrong in this case, what about the Perak power grab? Were the judges wrong too?