Yesterday, a panel of the apex court, by a 4-3 decision, rejected the Catholic Church’s leave application to appeal the verdict of the Court of Appeal which barred the weekly Herald from using the Arabic term “Allah” for God.

Catholic Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing said the "cooked up" perception that Islam is under threat in Malaysia "is presently the biggest menace to national well-being."

Dr Anas Al-Tikriti, who heads the London-based think-thank Cordoba Foundation, said he believes that the current debates on implementing shariah law stems from a political rather than religious perspective, adding that most countries which have adopted hudud have appalling human rights, economic and social track records.

The goal of this leadership camp had Pope Francis’ vision of the new evangelization in mind. Pope Francis, in an interview said earlier in his pontificate, to “heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful”. This also means to become shepherds of today’s youths, being gentle, more outreaching, loving and humble servants of the Lord.

Sarawak Chief Minister Adenan Satem's assurance that he would not allow 'others' to interfere in the use of the word 'Allah' by Christians in Sarawak as the state has no such law is actually aimed at federal leaders.