Hornbill Unleashed

November 17, 2011

Covert attempt to convert Christian pre-schoolers?

Joseph Tawie

Christian parents in rural Sarawak are uncomfortable listening to the pre-school children reciting Islamic prayers at home.

Parents in Sarawak are concerned about the subtle attempts at imparting Islamic teachings and practices to children in pre-schools in the rural areas.

Debating the 2012 budget in the current Sarawak Legislative Assembly sitting, Ba Kelalan assemblyman Baru Bian said there was a ‘very real problem’ because parents were complaining that their children come home from school reciting Islamic prayers.

“Many rural areas are predominantly Christian, and there is a very real problem of subtle attempts at imparting Islamic teachings and practices in pre-schools.

“There are reports from parents of school children that their children come home from school and recite the Islamic ways of praying at home.

“From my own constituency of Ba’Kelalan, I have personally received reports of such incidents that happened to children from two families,” said Bian, who is also Sarawak PKR chief.

According to news reports, the Kemas director-general Puhat Mat Nayan said that as at 2010, Kemas had established 539 new pre-school classes and will open another 2,000 new ones.

Last year, Kemas opened 150 kindergartens in the state and for this year, they have set up 300 more to increase the accessibility to early childhood education.

Ensure fair teachings

Bian said that the people are concerned that these pre-schools are staffed by teachers from outside the local community and worst if they come from Peninsular Malaysia, the majority of whom are Muslims.

“Added to this concern is the news that Kemas schools will be taking on the Permata syllabus, as announced in Sabah in July this year by National Permata programme patron Rosmah Mansor.

“I was informed that one of the subjects in the Permata curriculum is Islamic teachings in class.

“Can we be guaranteed that all non-Muslim children be exempted from these classes or lessons?

“What are the steps taken by the state government to ensure that teachers of different faiths do not impart or teach their beliefs to the children of different faiths or beliefs in these Tadika or Pra-Sekolah in the state?” asked Bian.

Bian said to ensure fair teachings in Kemas, teachers from the local communities should be recruited.

“I propose that local teachers from the local community be recruited to teach in these Tadika or pra-sekolah to avoid any conflict of religious beliefs.

“Secondly, I propose that allocations should be made to NGOs and religious organisations to start or support their own tadika or pre-schools to reflect our support of imparting knowledge to all notwithstanding their racial or religious backgrounds,” Bian said.

Re-direct Permata funds
On the teaching of mother tongue language, Bian asked the government to allocate an official budget every year for the teaching of languages of all the different races in Sarawak from pre-school to Primary Six level.

“The loss of our people’s mother tongue is a serious threat and the precursor to the loss of our culture and identity.

“The preservation of our languages must be given priority or our people will slowly lose their unique and distinct cultures.

“With the common incidences of inter-marriage between different races in Sarawak, this request needs immediate implementation, “said Bian.

He suggested that funds allocated to Kemas or Permata be used instead to train teachers to teach in their local languages or dialects.

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20 Comments »

  1. Get all these Malayan teachers out of the rural/interior school through sarawak and sabah lah…… Put up warning sign at all the school to make sure they dont come back next year (2012).

    We must start somewhere guys! Diam diam mereka nak racun minda anak2 sarawak/sabah….. sekarang kita terang2 lah halau mereka keluar dari kawasan kita…… bukan sekatat Uztaz….asal cikgu dari Malaya mesti angkat kaki! Banyak lagi cikgu2 org tempatan boleh ganti tempat mereka ni semua.

    Lagi satu issue….. buakn nak datang mengajar betul2…..cuma nak duit allowen lebih! Ni kan satu lagi cara Moohideen bagi duit free untuk orang Melayu malaya!

    Dengan duit allowen tu…berapa banyak cikgu tempatan boleh di gaji? Fikir lah wahai anak tempatan!

    Comment by HH8H — December 6, 2011 @ 1:43 PM | Reply

  2. Freedom Of Religion you say?

    Malay-version Bible – TAK BOLEH MASUK ??

    Iban-version AlQuran – BOLEH! SILAKAN MASUK! EDARAN PERCUMA !
    _____________________

    Al-Quran pertama dalam bahasa Iban
    Salhan K Ahmad, MalaysiaKini, 30 Disember 2009

    Terjemahan pertama al-Quran dalam bahasa Iban akan mula diterbitkan tahun depan bagi membantu golongan penutur bahasa tersebut memahami kitab suci Islam itu.

    Projek penerbitan itu dimulakan dengan terjemahan edisi muqaddam, kemudian diikuti teks lengkap al-Quran pada 2011, kata pengerusi kumpulan syarikat PTS.

    Terjemahan itu berpandukan naskhah terjemahan paling popular dalam bahasa Melayu Pimpinan al-Rahman terbitan Jabatan Kemajuan Islam Malaysia (Jakim), kata Ainon Mohd lagi.

    Beliau juga berkata terjemahan tersebut akan menjadi naskhah lengkap terjemahan al-Quran dalam bahasa etnik terbesar di Sarawak.

    “Terjemahan ini menggunakan bahasa Iban laras halus, sebagaimana yang digunakan oleh penutur aslinya. Belum ada lagi naskhah sedemikian,” katanya kepada Malaysiakini hari ini.

    “Justeru, individu keturunan Iban yang berminat mengetahui isi kandungan al-Quran memang mengalami masalah tiada bahan rujukan.

    “Bukan semua orang Iban mampu membaca dalam bahasa Melayu atau bahasa Inggeris. Lagipun membaca dalam bahasa ibunda lebih mudah difahami,” kata bekas pegawai Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP) itu lagi.

    Tambahnya, sasaran utama bagi penerbitan yang diusahakan PTS Darul Furqan Sdn Bhd itu antaranya golongan muallaf yang bertutur dalam bahasa tersebut.

    “Iban adalah bahasa kaum bumiputera yang terbesar di Sarawak, oleh itu kami dapati ada pasaran niche bagi buku-buku dalam bahasa Iban,” katanya dalam wawancara melalui emel.

    “Golongan yang akan mendapat manfaat paling baik daripada penerbitan buku ini nanti adalah individu keturunan Iban yang sudah memeluk Islam, atau mereka yang mungkin akan memeluk Islam kerana mempunyai rancangan berkahwin dengan pasangan Islam.

    “Namun kita yakin, masyarakat Iban yang tidak berminat dengan Islam pun tetap akan mendapat manfaat apabila membacanya kerana mereka akan dapat memahami dengan betul perbezaan-perbezaan pelbagai aliran agama di Malaysia.”

    Ainon menunjukkan satu contoh terjemahan al-Quran itu seperti dimuatkan di blog peribadinya Universiti PTS.

    Ayat 1 dan 2 surah al-Asr dalam bahasa itu berbunyi: “Enggau nama Allah petara ti pemadu manah serta ti pemadu penyayau. Allah petara ti siko besumpah enggau ari. Semua anak mensia nyadi rugi.”

    Ainon menjelaskan, projek dengan kos percetakan RM30,000 itu akan meluaskan penyebaran al-Quran dalam apa juga bahasa di dunia.

    Tambahnya, 3,000 naskah muqaddam dan 3,000 lagi teks al-Quran bagaimanapun belum diluluskan oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) dan juga Jakim.

    “Pihak KDN dan Jakim boleh menubuhkan kumpulan penyemak dengan menggunakan khidmat guru agama keturunan Iban, ahli akademik, dan pendakwah lulusan aliran pengajian Islam yang boleh membaca dan mamahani bahasa Iban,” katanya lagi.

    Naskhah terjemahan tersebut akan dihantar kepada KDN dan Jakim untuk semakan sebelum proses percetakan, tambahnya.
    ________________________

    Christians say will not collect Malay Bibles banned entry earlier
    By Debra Chong, Malaysian Insider, March 17, 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR, March 17 — The Christian community said today it is appalled by what it says is the Najib administration’s desecration of 5,100 holy books shipped in from Indonesia and has flat out refused to collect the Port Klang shipment.

    The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), which represents over 90 per cent of churches in the country, insisted that Putrajaya immediately drop the conditions imposed for the release of two shipments of Malay Bibles totalling 35,000 copies seized from Port Klang and Kuching port.

    Last night, the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) was told its shipment of 5,100 Alkitab — as the Malay Bibles are called — have been stamped with the Home Ministry’s official seal, as per the conditions imposed for the release issued two days ago, without its prior permission.

    The first requires the importers to directly stamp on the cover of each of the 35,000 copies the following words: “Peringatan: ‘Al Kitab Berita Baik’ ini untuk kegunaan penganut agama Kristian sahaja. Dengan perintah Menteri Dalam Negeri.” [In English: “Reminder: This ‘Al Kitab Berita Baik’ is for the use of Christians only. By order of the Home Minister.”]

    The cover of the Alkitab would be stamped with the department’s official seal and dated as well.

    The second condition requires the importers to stamp a serial number on each copy as if to demarcate copies from the released shipment and to enable the book to be traced back to the port of import.

    “This means that the Bahasa Malaysia Bible is now treated as a restricted item, and the Word of God has been made subject to the control of man. This is wholly offensive to Christians,” CFM said in a strongly-worded statement today signed by its chairman Bishop Ng Moon Hing.

    The umbrella body refuted government claims it had reached a compromise, saying it had never agreed that its holy books should be endorsed to say “it is only for Christians”.

    “Any person who respects the Holy Scriptures of any religion would be appalled by this action. We will never accede to any desecration of the Bible since the Word of God to us is sacred,” it said.

    Pointing to a 1982 order issued under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the CFM said nowhere in law was it stated that any form of words had to be endorsed on any copy of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia.

    “Given that copies may already have been endorsed, we will NOT take delivery of those endorsed copies,” it added.

    The CFM said it also wholly rejects the federal government’s argument that the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia is “prejudicial to the national interest and security of Malaysia”.

    It condemned the government’s treatment of its holy books as “subversive publication”.

    The CFM said Christian Malaysians have always acted in good faith and with great patience to reach a peaceful end to religious dispute that would not compromise their beliefs.

    “But that good faith has not been reciprocated by the government,” it said.

    It further accused Putrajaya of having moved the “goal posts” over the years “through a systematic imposition of unreasonable conditions and restrictions”.

    “As Christians we wonder how our Holy Scriptures can become a national security threat where countless number of us find it helpful in bringing hope and healing to broken lives and homes which we can testify to,” it said.

    The CFM called on all Malaysians to rally together and reject all attempts to control the freedom of religion in the country.

    It also advised all Christians to remain calm and pray for a dignified and respectful resolution to the ongoing Alkitab row and noted that Sunday will mark the second year the holy books have been detained at Port Klang.

    Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein defended today his ministry’s stamping of the 5,100 Malay-language bibles in Port Klang with its official seal, saying it was standard protocol and not done to “deface” the Alkitab.

    The minister also said his men had no choice but to adhere to these procedures as the BSM had wanted the Bibles to be released quickly.

    “We stamped the Bible based on amalan (practice) before… during Abdullah Badawi and even Tun Dr Mahathir’s time,” Hishammuddin told reporters today, referring to the two immediate past prime ministers.

    Hishammuddin appeared to suggest that the Christian community’s uproar over what they considered a violation of their holy book to be manufactured.

    “They wanted it to be released quickly… if they want to find fault they can find fault… you can even say the Bibles are smelly after being kept for so long, if you want to find fault (with everything),” the minister claimed.

    He said his officials had no intention to deface the Bibles, stressing that the Christian community should engage his ministry directly if it had issues or complaints over the measures taken.

    However, he also voiced frustration over the inability to bridge the now-widening chasm with the community over the issue.

    Comment by Kamus — December 6, 2011 @ 10:07 AM | Reply

  3. i’m talking about the usage of Allah….not touching on how we using it……..we, Muslim can live side by side with you all for all these years……..beforehand in the 80′s….some of us also went to missionary school like St Joseph, St Mary, St Teresa…..but we never convert to christian…why?because our PARENTS still preaching to us about Islam at home…….i hope same as you did to your children……..Why should we hate each other?…….so, if you hate BN,just hate the people in the party…..don’t hate us who can live with you all for all these years,don’t hate ISLAM because of BN….

    Comment by bob — November 25, 2011 @ 10:48 AM | Reply

    • well hello there, according to the world statistic on religion after muslim attend 40% of the population, islamic govt will try to do away with other religions that is way we are cautious about your religion. And as far as i know if person is really into Islam he be glad to kill all kafir. No teaching of Christianity demanded its follower to kill others just because they are not christian. But Islam do now you not doing because you a few in numbers but wait to your 50% and above even now we non muslim can fill the heat already!!!! we dont hate you but weary of Islamic scheme and propaganda

      Comment by JOhn — November 30, 2011 @ 1:09 PM | Reply

    • we all live side by side, but don’t enforce your religion unto others. The young boys at Tadika level don’t the know the impact and can be easily converted. If the Christians teachers do this sort of things, he will be sacked immediately and probably be imprisoned. But what about a Muslim teacher already doing this. Anything happen to him? Nothing, isn’t it. Now, you call this fair.

      Comment by Adil — December 5, 2011 @ 10:29 PM | Reply

    • Bob, you don’t understand the point. What you say is nothing wrong. But what is wrong is importing 80,000 Malay teachers from Malaya and preach Islam to non-muslims in the rural areas. This is wrong. Because this is manipulative conversion. And for this we don’t like the Muslim in BN who manipulate us. Do you understand.

      Comment by Cinta — December 6, 2011 @ 12:44 AM | Reply

  4. ALL CHRISTIAN NEED TO BE UNITED IF WANT THESE THING NOT TO BE HAPPEN…..LOOK AND TAKE CARE OUR CHILDREN. BARU BIAN, YOU ARE TRULY OUR EYES AND VOICES.

    Comment by babai — November 20, 2011 @ 9:00 PM | Reply

  5. bob, apa hal kau sebut hal penggunaan Allah Taala pada bible Iban? banyak perkataan yang sma dengan bahasa Iban. sampai bila-bilapun perkataan Allah Taala tetap akan digunakan pada masa sembahyang di gereja. Allahu Akbar dalam Islam dan Allah Taala ti Pemadu Bekuasa, Apai Kami ti di Serga, Kudus Meh Nama Nuan Jadi meh peneka Nuan….. dalam kristian. dua perkataan tersebut digunakan mengikut persepsi yang jauh berbeza.

    Comment by kristus — November 17, 2011 @ 8:01 PM | Reply

  6. Not only that…. the education department also implement that no pork serve even the rural school were 95% PENAN STUDENT!

    Yes, we know these teachers are trying to brainwash our rural student!

    Comment by HH2H — November 17, 2011 @ 6:55 PM | Reply

  7. Maybe the non-muslim natives should also have a binding traditional rule against converting to other religions?This is a never-ending saga……

    Comment by Reapusow — November 17, 2011 @ 2:36 PM | Reply

  8. Perhaps the time has come for us rural dayak to do the unthinkable. They start the game, we play it too, but we make life impossible for these ulu teachers – mayuh chara jai… ngambi sida enda tan agi…. Beri makai babi tau, asuh ngirup tuak… enti enggai, pejal. Anang niki rumah panjai iban… all these things… nya chara iya. Ni ko kita. Bejako, komplen endang nadai ulih bangsa kitai. Enda dikibuhka orang.

    Comment by Just as concerned — November 17, 2011 @ 12:38 PM | Reply

  9. Christians using Allah,here in sarawak….ada kita bising?tidak…..tengok dalam doa kita…ada perkataan Allh?ada……so why need to bising2?

    Comment by bob — November 17, 2011 @ 11:18 AM | Reply

  10. for those who kept voting for bn, get ready to lose your kids (race and religion) to umno and bn propaganda

    Comment by mike — November 17, 2011 @ 10:54 AM | Reply

  11. Christians, especially evangelists should read the Koran and educate fellow Christians on the differences and why we believe the Words in the Bible to be true and unchanged. This is our best form of defence.

    Comment by lawrencek1 — November 17, 2011 @ 9:53 AM | Reply

  12. INTENSIFICATION OF UMNO STYLE RELIGIOUS COLONIZATION

    Part of the process of colonization of the other peoples always somehow involved religion.

    The western imperialists used Christianity and their education systems to colonize the minds of the colonised subjects.

    UMNO colonialism has been using its brand of Islamization in the Sabah and Sarawak education system.

    As announced last year, the brainwashing will be more serious when UMNO implements its invasion plan of sending 80,000 religious teachers to scrutinize the people’s thoughts in Sarawak .

    The targetting of children is always the easiest way to fully dominate colonial subjects. So why we should not be surprised, all Sarawak parents must find ways of resisting this stage of colonization.

    Our land Sarawak has been occupied and plundered by UMNO colonialists for 48 years and now the process will intensify with the colonisation of the mind.

    Comment by OUR SARAWAK — November 17, 2011 @ 9:52 AM | Reply

    • Sarawak Dayaks, what is said…the intensification of UMNO style religious colonization via Taib and the BN government is very true indeed. We all now must open our eyes wide. Ask yourself, why send 80,000 Malay teachers from Malaya to Sarawak. In the first place, this deprive 80,000 job opportunities for Sarawakians when we have more than 80,000 unemployed Dayak school leavers. Folks, be extra careful with BN and their motives. We have been colonised by Malaya for the last 48 years.

      Comment by Adil — December 5, 2011 @ 10:35 PM | Reply

  13. Kemas has been targeting those rural children from the long houses and all the Dayaks children to convert them into Muslims. In 20 years time these children (Dayak Muslims) can’t speak English, only Melayu. In a nutshell, they are Melayu, not Dayaks. In time to come, there will be no more Dayaks in Sarawak – all Melayu.

    Comment by Lano — November 17, 2011 @ 8:19 AM | Reply

    • This is the ultimate aim

      Comment by Adil — December 6, 2011 @ 12:36 AM | Reply

  14. They make noise when there were only rumours, i repeat RUMOURS about proselytization. Now is the time to make noise about them proselytizing to us non muslim natives.

    Comment by Colin Ubeh (@swknative) — November 17, 2011 @ 8:19 AM | Reply


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