Hornbill Unleashed

August 8, 2012

GE 13: What would Jesus do?

RK Anand

With the GE drawing close and the Christian electorate said to be seething, a public forum will address the winds of political change.

The relationship between the Churches and the federal government has been nothing short of tensed as numerous contentious issues have placed both at loggerheads.

Though unspoken, it is an open secret that the faithfuls of the various Christian denominations and their leaders are seething in silent anger.

The grapevine claims that while these shepherds appear to be apolitical in public for obvious reasons, they however whisperotherwise in the ears of their respective flocks behind closed doors.

It has always been said that apart from the devout Christians, the eyes and ears of the government are also present during services in certain Churches to keep track of the subversive elements there.

And the anger of the Christians stems from the policies and actions of the government vis-à-vis Umno such as the legal row over the usage of the Arabic term Allah, which led to the firebombing of several churches.

Then there was the accusation of a Christian plot to seize control of the nation in order to undermine the position of Islam, an allegation put forth by Umno’s mouthpiece Utusan Malaysia.

Another thorny issue was the charge of an attempt to proselytise Muslims.

Several Christian leaders, like Bishop Paul Tan, have been vocal in their criticism against the government and even lent their support to movements like Bersih.

In a bid to mend the strained ties and convert voters, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak flew to the Vatican to shake hands with Pope Benedict XVI.

But observers noted that it did little to convince the Christian electorate.

With the 13th and Najib’s first general election as head of state drawing closer, a public forum will be held this evening with regard to the upcoming contest from a Christian perspective.

And the topic of discussion: What will Jesus be doing in Malaysia today?

The speakers at the 7pm forum which will be held at Dignity International, A-2-7 Pusat Perdagangan Section 8 here are Rev Dr Hermen Shastri and Paul Sinnappan.

Shastri is the general-secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia and former executive secretary of the Christian Federation of Malaysia for 11 years whereas Sinnappan is a lay theologian, social worker in the Church and social activist working with plantation workers since the 1970s.

The fence-sitters

A media statement on the forum explained that the cowardly fence-sitters are the sole obstacle in preventing political change in Malaysia.

“As the winds of change blow in this most exciting times of political change in Malaysia, the only obstacle that is preventing the change from actually taking place is the Malaysian ‘fence-sitters’ who for the last 54 years have been afraid to make that choice for change.

“Many among this also reside in our Churches and sit glued to benches and pews during Sunday service without fail, listening fervently to what Jesus may be saying to them,” it read.

The statement added that there is a growing awakening among all Malaysians on the need for real change – a reform of the political landscape for Malaysians.

“Yet there seems to be a disjoint of the faith growth within the Churches and the growth without among all Malaysians. This seemingly two worlds of faith and politics are a challenge to all Christians. Are there two lives or only one life, [which] we live according to the will of God?,” it said.

The speakers, read the statement, will take the audience through the Bible to study the political implications and experiences of being a Christian.

“This is to help us enter into present-day reality of the Malaysian political context, and answer the perennial thought: what would Jesus do in Malaysia Today?” it added.

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  1. Please forward this where RAKYAT could access to this comment. Thank you for your kind help.

    Rakyat’s Expectation to Govt ?

    POLITICIANS, Govt or oppostions the obj is power,persoanl gain? Cronysim & Nepotism? RAKYAT pays the price!
    Today most of RAKAT hardly fullfill their monthly needs! WHAT need another 55 yrs to soundle RAKYAT’S money !.
    The income gap is from hunders to hunderds of thousands of ringgit a month !

    Govt Agenda is the RAKYAT INTEREST, PUBLIC WELFARE, NEEDS, ISSUES, & PROBLEMS CAN BE SETTLE, (My Expectation)THAN I SAY IT IS ” EXCELLENT JOB.” “AN EXCELLENT GOVT”

    Tak habis2 isu agama,propaganda2,ceremah2politik,perhimpuanan2, guna nama parti, nama pemimpin utk mempolitikan agenda masing2, mempermainkan & memperbodohkan rakyat BAHAN POLITIK SEJAK 55 THN, menghasut pemikiran stp rakyat, guna taktik NORTH KOREA, pemimpin, menteri2, & ahli2 politik, nampaknya berjaya mempengaruhi RAKYAT! Rakyat spt budak2 beri gula spt kali bersuara! stp kali meningati RAKYAT BAHAWA KERAJAAN TELAH BANYAK MEMBANTU RAKYAT, MAJUKAN NEGARA, ini dah jadi TUGAS KERAJAAN , it’s Govt responsiblity to do so, every govt around the world does that! The MEDIA (Crony) is the govt BRAINWASHING MACHINE for the past 22 yrs.

    PENTING SELESAIKAN MASALAH RAKYAT DULU, Poverty,Economic Decline, Employment, Corruption, Healthcare, Crime, Inflation, Labour issues, Enviroment, & many more. JANGAN jadikan isu2 lain utk tarik perhatian RAKYAT, KHAZANAH NASIONAL,sumber utama kewangan Kerajaan & GLC’S pd 80 an, MANA PERGI KEUNTUNGAN? est Hundreds of Billions of ringgit.KESEDARAAN RAKYAT? It shows perception of RAKYAT towards Govt, ” BUKALAH MINDA ” ! TEPUK DADA TANYA SELERA !

    PERSONAL POLITICAL AGENDA? (Cronyism & Nepotism) High Political Politics Propaganda!

    WhyNEP? PREVILIGES? WhyPRIVATIZATION? WhyPNB? WhyASB? Why GLC? Why Mega Projects? Why few is multimillionaires & rest still remain poor? Why few selected ones? Why benefits few Malays,Chinese,Indians,Others? Why the rest remain same for past 22yrs? High Div% Mutual Fund = High Inflation, EPF a good retirement plan for RAKYAT? it’s enough? Please no hard feelings, straight to the point! The few enjoys high quality & luxuries life, the rest enjoy What? What it is stated in Mysia Constitution regarding who will enjoy & who don’t? RAKYAT RENUNGKAN, Always Ask Why, ” TEPUK DADA TANYA SELERA” !

    Mysia economy growth5%,6%,7%,8%…., to impress RAKYAT that mysia is better than any other nation? Never trust BNM,MOF.

    The Political Agenda is The Most Intellectual Politics to Convince RAKYAT. Knowldege Most Powefull Weapon for RAKYAT. Again I stress out,the NEEDS, PROBLEM & ISU faced by RAKYAT. RAKYAT is Asset! ” More Public AWARNESS” ! RAKYAT AWARNESS! Don’t be slave to the System ! Terima Buta2 tanpa fikir, the hidden Agenda ! As ordinary rakyat I am doing my part same goes to RAKYAT

    TEPUK DADA TANYA SELERA!

    Comment by Ordinary Rakyat — August 24, 2012 @ 10:25 PM | Reply

  2. Just to point out something strange, how come it is alright to talk about christianity and Jesus in topics related to politics in malaysia, but when hindraf started fighting for their causes for hindus and indians, people from ALL other faiths thought it was alright to bash them for fighting for hindus. STRANGE AND I FUNNEY COUNTRY THIS MALAYSIA

    Comment by peekaboo — August 11, 2012 @ 7:25 PM | Reply

  3. Jesus would not be able to do anything in Sarawak because he has been “sold” by all the Peters, James, Johns, Alfred, Davids, all those christian YBs, MPs.

    Sarawak is the only place where you can find a modern day Judas – Judas Salang!

    Very sad, Judas Salang is also the MP for Julau and PRS Deputy President.

    Comment by Matthew — August 8, 2012 @ 2:39 PM | Reply

  4. What would Jesus do?

    Jesus definately will CHASE AWAY the crooks from visiting Church again

    Remember Jesus hated greedy traders, tax collector from lepak at Church area doing business

    Yes any Crooks from BN the thiefs, liars, corrupters, conmen all must be banned from Church

    Those who can enter Church are those believe in Jesus and his teachings

    Also don’t forget one of the commandments – THOU SHALL NOT STEAL

    Stealing = Rasuah = Theft of Rakyat Money = Curi Duit Rakyat

    THEREFORE CHRISTIANS MUST STOP VOTE BN THE THIEF

    VOTE BN = VOTE BN THE THIEF = STEALING WANG RAKYAT

    CHRISTIANS MUST CHASE AWAY BN CROOKS FROM ENTERING CHURCH!

    STOP INVITE DEVIL BN CROOKS FOR CHURCH FUNCTIONS!

    IF JESUS KICKED OUT CROOKS FROM CHURCH, WHO ARE YOU SHEPHERD CHRISTIANS TO TELL OTHERWISE?
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    -On reaching Jerusalem, Jesus entered the temple area and began driving out those who were buying and selling there…He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves
    (Mark 11:15)

    -In the temple courts (Chruch) Jesus found men selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money…So Jesus made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple area, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables…To those who sold doves Jesus said, “Get these out of here! How dare you turn my Father’s house into a market!
    (John 2:13-16)
    _______________________

    Preserve our eastern values: Taib to churches
    Borneo Post, Thursday, April 26, 2001

    KUCHING – Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Haji Abdul Taib Mahmud today called for the preservation of the eastern values alongside the moral teachings of the various faiths to promote religious tolerance in the plural Malaysian society.

    This was imperative to ensure continued economic advancement and closer spiritual fellowship among the people of different religions, he pointed out. The Chief Minister was addressing a luncheon reception for leaders of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) who are attending their 10th Triennial General Assembly (TGA) held for the first time in Kuching. For instance, Abdul Taib said the tendency of avoiding getting too-near relatives for fear of being accused of nepotism or the ‘mother-in-law phobia’ and so forth should be done away with. The people must continue to establish relationship with members of their bigger extended family even though they may be distant in the physical form, he said.

    He said: “It is a major challenge to preserve the feeling of love in the family especially with globalisation.

    “The faster pace of changes taking place in the homes has surrendered the role in religious upbringing to the religious leaders in the church, mosque or temple.”

    Abdul Taib suggested that one way to do it ‘is to have the school get the children of different races and religions to mix with one another, even though it may only be doing some small charitable works.’ He believed this would help promote a sense of caring for one another regardless of their religious backgrounds.

    “It is important to ingrain tolerance among the people in the context of encouraging more understanding in interacting with one another,” he said.

    He said another challenge that came with the advancement of materialism was generation gap and how to mould the spiritual wellbeing of the youths of today.

    “Parents are now more busy with material pursuits with more women joining the workforce, resulting in less and less mothers looking after their children. With the economic changes taking place so rapidly, family cohesion is suffering and the generation gap is getting wider,” he pointed out.

    There was therefore the need to spend more time and resources to develop social activities to encourage healthy interaction among the people of various races and religions, Taib said. One hundred delegates, fraternal guests and accredited observers from 16 member churches and eight associations of national Christian organisations are attending the TGA from April 23 to 26 to review past programmes and provide new directions for work in the next three years.
    _______________________________

    Opposition riles Taib with questions on contracts
    by Joseph Tawie, FMT, 24 November 2011

    KUCHING: Sarawak’s Chief Minister Taib Mahmud lost his cool in the State Legislative Assembly yesterday when an opposition assemblyman sought clarification over contracts awarded to his son Abu Bekir Mahmud’s company Titanium Management Project Sdn Bhd.

    Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen hit a raw nerve in Taib when he stood up to raise a point of order, interjecting Taib’s winding-up speech during the final day sitting of the state assembly.

    Chong wanted to know from Taib himself the number of contracts given to Abu Bekir’s company.

    A visibly angry Taib challenged Chong to repeat the allegation outside the house.

    Chong, who has been exposing irregularities in the awarding of contracts by the state government, accepted the challenge.

    At a press conference later, Chong repeated what he said in the state assembly.

    He said Titanium Project Management had been awarded construction of a few hundred bridges worth RM1,178,410,000 without open tender.

    The five-year contract for the bridges was awarded in 2008.

    In 2001, the government awarded the construction of 384 bridges to Titanium Management Sdn Bhd for RM500 million.

    The company managed to complete 332 bridges or 80 percent of the job, but over the years the cost had spiralled.

    According to Chong, the government now has to pay the company RM948 million.

    He reiterated that Titanium Management belonged to Abu Bekir.

    Chong had submitted questions on the awarding of the government contracts to Titanium Project Management, but Speaker Awang Asfia Nassar had rejected them.

    Hansard tampered

    Meanwhile, the House also rejected a motion by Padungan (DAP) assemblyman Wong King Wei seeking to reinstate his statement involving Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd into the official Hansard dated Nov 18, 2011, at page 63.

    According to Wong, his statement: “Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd is owned by four children of Yang Amat Berhormat Chief Minister in equal shares of 100,000 each namely Jamilah Hamidah Taib, Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, Hanifar Hajah Taib and Sulaiman Abdul Rahman Taib” had been removed from the Hansard.

    That part of Wong’s speech was expunged from the Hansard when he spoke during the debate on the state budget last week on the subject of businesses owned by Taib’s four children.

    When Wong sought clarification from Asfia as to why that part of his speech was expunged, a heated argument ensued resulting in the speaker giving Wong the marching order.

    Wong was advised to give a notice of motion to the Dewan if he wanted to raise a point of order regarding the matter.

    Wong then submitted the notice early on Wednesday morning and was heard in the afternoon after the chief minister had concluded his winding-up speech.

    Request to reinstate also expunged

    During the debate on Nov 18, Wong had said that a company named Shoreline Development Sdn Bhd had been alienated parcels of state land situated at Tanjung Lobang in Miri.

    He said about 90 acres or 36.44 hectares had been allocated to Shoreline Development at a cheap price of RM2.63 million.

    The market value of the land is RM2.5 million per acre. As such, the total value for 90 acres was RM225.113 million.

    Wong said Shoreline Development is jointly owned by two companies in equal shares. These companies are Plieran Sdn Bhd and Sarawak Land Sdn Bhd.

    He added that Plieran is wholly owned by KBE (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. A company named Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd owns 60% of the total shares in KBE (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.

    It was also at this point that Wong detailed the shareholding of Daya Syukra Sdn Bhd.

    Wong said the part concerning Taib’s four children was expunged.

    His motion to reinstate the expunged part into the Hansard was rejected.

    Comment by Teddy Gumbang — August 8, 2012 @ 10:22 AM | Reply

    • WE SHOULD LEARN FROM JESUS EXAMPLE AND CHASE OUT THOSE WHO COLONISED & OCCUPIED OUR LAND FOR 50 YEARS!

      After we have thrown out the Devil the foreign master of the money changers like Taib & family, Dayak traitors, timber tycoons must all be bought to justice.

      Comment by ORANG2BANGKIT — August 8, 2012 @ 11:11 AM | Reply

  5. COUNTDOWN TO COLONIZATION DAY – MALAYSIA 16 SEPTEMBER
    “Malaysia Day’s Janji Tak DiTepati Rakyat DiBohongi”

    As we sadly countdown to 16 September “Malaysia Day” the day we were recolonized, a native person reflects on some 50 years of the new colonialism. (Published in the Borneo Herald… )

    http://borneoherald.blogspot.com.au/2012/07/malaysia-days-janji-tak-ditepati-rakyat.html

    “Malaysia Day’s Janji Tak DiTepati Rakyat DiBohongi”

    What a East Malaysian think on the eve of Merdeka

    In the past 55 years and more, they have made us poorer still

    After more than 50 years of “Janji tak diTepati, Rakyat selalu diBohongi”, Iet us say goodbye to UMNO BN. Is this coming GE 13 (PRU 13) the end of BN in Sabah? Sabahans must realise that they have replaced the white men imperialist’s colonialism with brown skin UMNOputras.

    In the year 1963, people of Sabah and Sarawak were conned or sweet-talked to join Malaysia; and later still, UMNO either branded them as “pendatang” and now classify them into Bumi versus non Bumi. Even if they were classified Bumi, their status are second class Bumi only unlike the peninsular Bumis (Malays mostly) who are more privileged.

    They made a lot of empty promises and until today we remained the poorest in the country. Look how pathetic we are still.

    They have even hijacked their own religion Islam and started to call us non-Muslims like as if we are non-humans or subhumans (remember how Hitler’s Nazi Germans treated the Jews and other non-Germanic peoples as Untermenschen) and treated us like second class citizens too like they treated the Chinese and the Indians.

    Only the Malays and Muslims (or the Mamak Malays like Mahathir and his other half-Indian crony Nor Yakcop who nearly bankruped the country speculating Bank Negara forex reserves) are accorded first class Bumi status.

    Believe it or not, hotels in Sabah and Sarawak still serve pork unlike West Malaysia. For that matter, hotels even in Indonesia, Turkey and Dubai still serve pork. Only in Malaysia Boleh country, haram food is given a new stricter meaning i.e. ” If as a first class Muslim (Malay) what I cannot eat; you also cannot touch because it is sensitive to us Muslims.

    Things had come to a stage that “if we puasa during the month of Ramadan, you not only cannot eat in our presence you should not be handling food or operating any eateries too – just like what we are forbidden to do”.

    “If we impose Islamic hudud laws (in UMNOnised Malaysia Boleh country) it also meant the non Muslims must abide by our rules and laws. If you want to stay in my country you obey my rules. Otherwise you balik India, balik Cina.” This is UMNO philosophy whether you like it or not. This is their Ketuanan Melayu country. But where are we supposed to go if we don’t accept their rules?

    Jump into the deep blue sea or take a dive down Mount Kinabalu?

    We the natives of Sabah and Sarawak have no say in what they want to impose on the land. They rape and plunder our jungles for its vast riches like it belongs to their great grandfathers. Our so-called native customary rights (NCR) are simply rode roughshod in their pursuit of wanton greed. They demand unquestionable special Malay rights but we get nothing even when we are called Bumi in Sabah and Sarawak. They practised double standards just the same as over in the peninsula.

    They have forgotten that the love of money in their greed and corruption is the root of all kinds of evil. These UMNO devils have also forgotten that Malaysia was formed by 3 separate entities: Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak. These UMNO scumbags think that Sabah and Sarawak are merely the 13th and 14th states of Malaya. If that was so why change the name to Malaysia.

    They forgot the original agreement was equality with Malaya as a whole. The federation of Malaysia was formed when these three separate countries – Malaya, Sabah and Sarawak – came together to establish a bigger new country. Brunei opted out first and then Singapore left. Look how advanced and prosperous they are now compared to us after we joined Malaysia.

    We are going nowhere.

    To get around the illegals via the scandalous Projeck M issue, they sent their corrupt immigration and police force here so that we will be subservient to them and not treated as equals. This is exactly how Barisan Nasional operates here: they suppress our indigenous native rights so they can have a free hand to rape and plunder our abundant natural resources for the benefit of the first class Bumi in the peninsula especially the UMNOputras.

    We the natives of Sabah and Sarawak remain the poorest of the country as a whole and the most poverty stricken in the land. By keeping us weak and backward they hope we have no means to oppose them in their rampant corruption.

    UMNO is the top dog while the rest get crumbs only. It is this total unashamed apartheid policy by UMNO and their BN gang which is destroying us and our country. Domino effect hopefully takes over from here…more to come from Sabah..and likely Sarawak also…what goes around comes around..it’s called karma.

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    AnonymousAugust 1, 2012 3:03 PM

    Kalau kita suru mereka berpakaian seperti orang moden, adakah mereka ingin? Jika kita memberikan mereka segala kemudahan moden adakah mereka akan ubah cara hidup mereka?

    Reply
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    AnonymousAugust 2, 2012 9:33 AM

    jika anda seorang yang prihatin anda tidak akan berkata begitu, iaitu mempersoalkan kutuhan budaya suatu bangsa atau kaum, jika mereka menolok untuk menjadi moden maka biarkan mereka hidup selesa mengikut cita rasa kelangsungan budaya mereka, kerajaan yang prihatin tidak sepatutnya mengambil kesempatan dari keadaan mereka yang menolak untuk berubah menjadi moden dengan merampas hak mereka untuk hidup aman di tanah peninggalan nenek moyang mereka.

    adakah anda rasa bahawa manusia yang tidak mengikut trend arus ketamadunan dunia yang moden itu tidak layak hidup didunia ini?.adakah anda rasa mereka sepatutnya layak menerima penindasan kerana enggan berubah menjadi moden..?

    ada tertulis bahawa keselesan hidup manusia itu bukan pada mewh tau modennya mererka, tapi jaminan keselesaan hidup manusia itu terletak pada hak asasi mereka(bermakna tiada penindasan dan patut mengamalkan budaya saling menghormati sesama manusia)

    Anonymous August 8, 2012 9:10 AM

    OUR LIFE BEFORE & AFTER 1963-

    Many thanks to the author for saying all those things with the pictures. They sum up our fate in “Malaysia”.

    This article sadly reflects on the changes in “East Malaysia” since 1963.

    Many can identify the simple democratic values we had then and now.

    What “democratic values”? These values were our practice of a harmonious and tolerant society on a people to people level.

    Since Sabah and Sarawak were made part of a new “country Malaysia” we have seen 2 resource rich countries re-colonised and stripped clean of their wealth in 50 short years? Why?

    Why has it taken us intellectuals so long to see this destruction of our way of life before we started to question what has happened to our society?

    By comparison we had better life in a bygone era, our age of innocence.

    Independence should bring with it the betterment of the people’s lives and socio economic progress not social regression greater poverty and a more repressive and backward culture.

    In other words we remained colonies by a switch from the old to a new colonial master.

    Comment by ANTI-MALAYAN COLONIALISM — August 8, 2012 @ 9:41 AM | Reply

  6. Jesus will warn BN that a political tsunami will sweep away all the corrupt elements from the country and PR will rule forever.

    Comment by tigeryk — August 8, 2012 @ 4:28 AM | Reply

  7. Unfortunately for the RAKYAT and the devotees, religion and politics are intertwined. Stand up for your rights and kick the dUMNO in their goolies and shaft their hate where the sun dont shine.

    Comment by sang kancil — August 8, 2012 @ 12:32 AM | Reply


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