Malaysia court reinstates Allah ban pending appeal

A Malaysian court temporarily suspended its decision to let non-Muslims use the word "Allah" to refer to God, pending an appeal by the government in a case that raised religious tensions in the Muslim-majority country.

High Court Judge Lau Bee Lan said her Dec. 31 ruling will not take effect until the Appeals Court decides on a petition by the Home Ministry. No date has been set for the Appeals Court hearing.

Attorney General Abdul Gani Patail welcomed the suspension.

“The faster the matter is settled the better it will be for everybody in the country. As far as I am concerned it is a matter of national interest,” he said.