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A Mere Matter of Words

The Titular Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur moved for judicial review as they were dissatisfied with the Home Minister’s refusal to permit Herald to use the word of “Allah”. Under our constitution there are two ways in which a legislature – state or federal – may violate the provisions of the Federal Constitution. Was the judge in the case of Archbishop correct in describing what was being done as ‘collateral’? If she was not, then what she said was a mere matter of words.




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