PUTRAJAYA, Malaysia : Hundreds of Muslims demonstrated outside Malaysia’s highest court on Wednesday as it postponed a decision on whether to hear the Catholic Church’s bid to be allowed to call God “Allah”. The church is seeking to challenge a lower court’s ruling last October that sides with the government forbidding non-Muslims from using the word “Allah” in the local Malay language, an issue that has increased tensions in the Muslim-majority multi-ethnic country. But a seven-judge panel in the administrative capital Putrajaya on Wednesday delayed its decision on whether to allow a full hearing of the case, or whether the lower court’s verdict stands. It gave no date for the decision after hearing arguments from both sides. The church’s lawyer Cyrus Das told AFP he was “quite confident” the panel would allow a full hearing. The case is “of great public importance”, he said in court. An appeals court in October barred the Catholic newspaper Herald from using word “Allah” in its Malay-language edition, overturning a lower court’s 2009 ruling in favour of the church.