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March 30, 2012

Christians the sacrificial lambs to deflect attention from Najib’s and the BN’s corruption

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Christians the sacrificial lambs to deflect attention from Najib's and the BN's corruption

Maria Begum

It looks like the Umno-aligned media is all out to divert the people’s attention from issues of endemic corruption engulfing Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration, and as usual, Christians have once again been picked to be the sacrificial lambs for him and his Umno-BN coalition to cleanse themselves on.

“This is the same issue over and over again, using religion for political end. The proof of the pudding is in the eating and with so many laws to protect the Muslims, why should there be threat of Christianization. These are acts that are not in line with path of moderation as prescribed by our Prime Minister Najib Razak or his 1 Malaysia,” Ramon Navaratnam, a Christian lay leader and prominent civil society leader, told Malaysia Chronicle.

“It is best to deal with how to move the nation forward, to look at economic and transparency issues. Improvements here will show real results rather than engaging in negative politicking and prolonging ethnic bickering that serves no purpose.”

Race and religion to deflect attention from corruption and a weakening economy

Indeed, under Najib, Malaysia has seen some of the most extremist groups emerging, Perkasa and now Jati. The most recent brouhaha stirred up was over news that religious teachers from national schools in Johor would be compelled to attend a government-sanctioned seminar this Saturday to prepare them to counter the “threat of Christianisation”.

Organized by the Johor Education Department and the Johor Mufti Department, the seminar is entitled “Pemantapan Aqidah, Bahaya Liberalisme dan Pluralism Serta Ancaman Kristianisasi Terhadap Umat Islam. Apa Peranan Guru?” or Strengthening the Faith, the Dangers of Liberalism and Pluralism and the Threat of Christianity towards Muslims. What is the Role of Teachers?.

“No point to get excited over it or to demand that the Najib administration stops it because he won’t. GE-13 is around the corner and Johor is a vulnerable state. For sure, Umno will go all out to try and brainwash the Malay voters into being afraid of the Christians so that they will re-elect Umno as defenders of Islam,” PKR vice president Chua Jui Meng told Malaysia Chronicle.

“But in reality, what Johor people should do is to wake up to the type of nasty politicking used by Umno. Instead of the reform message that Pakatan brings, Umno-BN sends only a message of hate. To the Christians, I say, hold your horses. Don’t waste your thoughts and emotions on such a cheap stunt. It demeans Christianity, and Christians voters in Johor should know what to do. Other faiths and Muslims too should take note of how ruthless Umno and BN are. They will do anything, even using God’s name in vain, to protect their vested interests so that they can continue their corrupt ways and steal the people’s money.”

Perkasa, Anwar and MCA

Meanwhile, Perkasa has already fired off the first salvo to retaliate against the criticisms of various Christian groups.

“Why is Chin so alarmed? Is it because the seminar will actually make it difficult for certain parties to Christianise Muslims?” said Perkasa secretary-general Syed Hassan Syed Ali. He was referring to Council of Churches of Malaysia youth moderator Chrisanne Chin who said she was “shocked and in disbelief” over “the fact… the state department is lending support to this thinking that there is a threat against Islam.”

Pundits expect the Umno propaganda mills to go into overtime over the next few months as Najib prepares to dissolve Parliament and call for the 13th general election.

Apart from baiting the Christians, who form 10% of Malaysia’s 28 million population, Umno-BN has already begun its gutter politicking against Opposition Leader Awar Ibrahim, while BN component MCA appears to be using rising activism by Chinese education groups to frighten the Malays back to the Umno fold.

Next week, PKR leader Rafizi Ramli will be exposing more scandals related to the RM250million NFC corruption debacle involving several top Umno leaders including Najib himself, his deputy and Education Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, Wanita chief Shahrizat Jalil, former premier Abdullah Badawi and Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

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13 Comments »

  1. For UMNO to reprimand and condemn its political contractors and bigots like Utusan Melayu, Perkasa, Ibrahim Ali and Ali Hassan, for stirring inflammatory statements and sowing religious hatred would be tantamount to breaching of contract with these bigots.

    Comment by Mata Kuching — March 31, 2012 @ 10:38 AM | Reply

  2. The Dayaks in Johor can help bring UMNO to its knees by registering as voters there and help vote out all these extremists and bigots in UMNO. Christians will always be the sacrificial lambs so long as UMNO is fighting tooth and nails to win Malay votes to stay in power at all cost.

    Comment by Irene Kana — March 31, 2012 @ 8:52 AM | Reply

    • This seminar in Johor is to incite hatred and garner the Malays support as the GE13 is coming. But I believed nowadays Malays will be duped by such propaganda. High possibility it will backfire on BN. Look at ex-PAS Hassan, been saying got proof of Muslims being converted to Christian but till now I don’t see any evidence. Moreover, in earlier report, Hassan mentioned that he will be getting the video ready, to me its like he will be the producer of the video, thats why still can’t finish filming the drama.

      Comment by Wilfred — March 31, 2012 @ 5:22 PM | Reply

  3. But Idris Jala said Dayak must forgive and forget…whatever UMNO bully over Dayak all must be forgiven…

    Therefore UMNO can keep on bullying the Christians which is good good good!
    _____________________

    Press statement by Datuk Seri Idris Jala, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, on a 10-point solution.
    The Star, April 03, 2011

    THE Government confirmed that it has been in dialogue with the Christian groups to look into their specific requests on the Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia Bible and also other religious issues. Taking into account the polarity of views of the different religious groups, including the Muslims, the Government decided on a 10-point solution.
    »I hope this 10- point solution will be received positively« DATUK SERI IDRIS JALA

    1. Bibles in all languages can be imported into the country, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia.

    2. These Bibles can also be printed locally in Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak. This is a new development which should be welcomed by the Christian groups.

    3. Bibles in indigenous languages of Sabah and Sarawak such as Iban, Kadazan-Dusun and Lun Bawang can also be printed locally and imported.

    4. For Sabah and Sarawak, in recognition of the large Christian community in these states, there are no conditions attached to the importation and local printing of the Bible in all languages, including Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia and indigenous languages. There is no requirement for any stamp or serial number.

    5. Taking into account the interest of the larger Muslim community, for Peninsular Malaysia, Bibles in Bahasa Malaysia/Indonesia, imported or printed, must have the words “Christian Publication” and the cross sign printed on the front covers.

    6. In the spirit of 1Malaysia and recognising that many people travel between Sabah and Sarawak and Peninsular Malaysia, there should be no prohibitions and restrictions for people who bring along their Bible and Christian materials on such travels.

    7. A directive on the Bible has been issued by the Ketua Setiausaha (KSU) of the Home Ministry to ensure proper implementation of this Cabinet decision. Failure to comply will subject the officers to disciplinary action under the General Orders. A comprehensive briefing by top officials, including the Attorney-General (AG), will be given to all relevant civil servants to ensure good understanding and proper implementation of the directive.

    8. For the impounded Bibles in Kuching, Gideon, the importer can collect all the 30,000 Bibles free of charge. We undertake to ensure the parties involved are reimbursed. The same offer remains available for the importer of the 5,100 Bibles in Port Klang, which have already been collected by the Bible Society Malaysia (BSM) last week.

    9. Beyond the Bible issue, the Govern­ment wishes to reiterate its commitment to work with the Christian groups and all the different religious groups in order to address inter-religious issues and work towards the fulfilment of all religious aspirations in accordance with the Constitution, taking into account the other relevant laws of the country. In order to bring urgency to this work, the Prime Minister will meet the representatives of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) soon to discuss the way forward.

    10. The Christian ministers in the Cabinet will meet on a regular basis with representatives of the various Christian groups in order to discuss their issues and work with the relevant ministries and the PM in order to resolve them.

    I hope this 10-point solution will be received positively by the Christian groups as being fair and reasonable. We have to look for a solution that deals with the Bible issue and also put a way forward to handle other issues raised by the Christian groups.

    I think the Bible issue is very unfortunate, and in the spirit of Lent, it is time for sacrifice, reconciliation and forgiveness.

    In our history, as a young nation, we achieved a lot in a short period of time, but we have our shortcomings.

    The Government and our civil servants are not perfect as indeed all human beings are “beautifully imperfect” in the eyes of God.

    And for all our shortcomings in handling the Bible issue, I hope the Christians would find it in their hearts to forgive us.

    In my Church at SIBKL, we have been praying for a Christian revival to take place in our country. For all the hurt that exists as a result of our differences, I believe that we need healing, forgiveness and reconciliation in this country.

    The Bible says in Matthew 18:21-22 – Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered: “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”

    Comment by Kamus — March 30, 2012 @ 1:49 PM | Reply

  4. Perkasa, pembela or what ever name they called themselves should try to bring their bigotry to Sarawak. It will be interesting to see how the Dayaks will dispatch them. Fresh skulls will adorn the longhouses once more. I forgot, we also need skulls to ‘strengthen’ much of our bridges here in Sarawak.

    Comment by Colin Ubeh (@swknative) — March 30, 2012 @ 9:46 AM | Reply

    • Ah yes, the good old days! But I wouldn’t adorn their skulls on the veranda of a longhouse. That would be a sacrilege to the folks living in it. Maybe more appropriately, at the pig style.

      Comment by Apai — March 30, 2012 @ 2:16 PM | Reply

      • Or better still, let the kids play football with them.

        Comment by tuai rumah — March 30, 2012 @ 2:19 PM | Reply

    • yes….bring it on Perkosa, Pembela what ever your call yourselves…… will “tapau” your body back to Malaya wrap in white linen!

      Comment by HH2H — March 31, 2012 @ 12:19 AM | Reply

    • In Sarawak we have a freaky indian muslim convert from malaya, claiming himself a “former Roman Katelik ( i think he is trying to pronounce “Catholic”)” and calling himself an “international forgiver of sin” going around Christians villages in Sabah and Sarawak and even Malaya to convert them to Islam, he tries to redicule the Catholic Faith and Christian Faith (of which he evidently mixes up the two and cant distinguish the differences between the two and package them as one and preaches a reliculaous form of christian “religion” that he invented, FULL AND FILLED with errors and misinformation, but muslims believe him any way because this freaky diobolical individual knows the muslims would not know any better). He is sanctioned by JAKIM because he has been invited to give talks on “christianity” under JAKIM”s auspices (assuming that JAKIM believe he has the authority to do so because of his claim to a “former” “padri besar ketelik”). This person goes around distroying families and faith of christian youth and causes family conflicts, yet the muslim authority backs him in his diobolical work. Christian threat indeed. It seems more accurate that the Christians are the one under threat from Muslim religious bigots. The Organisers should look at the whole issue carefully. Christians dont threaten you, you threaten your own when you try to destroy the non-muslims. You send pendakyah instead of pendakwah, you send dubious characters to “prove” the “truth” of Islam, ending up causing non-muslims to be irritated and angry with you and made yourself the laughing stock n the face of non-muslims for NEVER checking the background of your “tukang dakwah”.The day will come when what you are scheming will explode right in your face. By then embarrassment is just not enough a word to describe how you would feel then.

      Comment by Fredie Londok — March 31, 2012 @ 5:24 PM | Reply

      • This person have been endorse by the goverment to share lies all around Malaysia. Initially he said that he was a reverand priest from St. Augustine of Canterburry in Germany. I’ve email the church and received a reply. The reply is as follow:

        “there is no record at all of a Rev. Anthony Samy Perumal Viagulam at this church or any other Episcopal Church here in Germany.”

        Then again as I dig into this man, he even talks about how in Catholic he was taught that there is 3 level of heaven. There are he has said, but all was rubbish. I also notice that he keep on changing which church he was from.

        All he say is rubbish.

        Comment by caroline — October 9, 2012 @ 11:49 AM | Reply

        • You are the one talking rubbish. Haji Ayub @ Anthony Samy Perumal Viagulam was not a Episcopalian, he was from the Catholic Church. Duh!

          Comment by menj — May 21, 2014 @ 1:01 PM | Reply

          • Yep dude, He claims to be a former CATHOLIC priest, but he ALSO claims to serve in a CHRUCH by the name ST Augustine of Canterburry Church in Germany, and there is ONLY one such church and its an EPISCOPALIAN (Anglican) Church. Which means what he is claiming is he was a former catholic priest working as an Episcopalian priest in an Episcopalian Church !! pray, is THAT possible? Can a sunni ever be a leader in a shi’te mosque? This mamak lies through his teeth in EVERY ceramah he ever gave in the muslims circle. “You are the one talking rubbish. Haji Ayub @ Anthony Samy Perumal Viagulam was not a Episcopalian, he was from the Catholic Church. Duh!”, well sir, DUH to YOU !!

            Comment by Freddie — July 31, 2014 @ 9:19 PM

  5. BN and Najib will stop at nothing to win the GE13 even to the extent of exploiting religion. In the WEST, politics and religion don’t mix. Malaysia have all the ingredients of a dictator regime where the leader can steal the wealth of the country for his personal gains and allowing corruption to mushroom everywhere. Democracy is dead.

    Comment by Egbert Lau — March 30, 2012 @ 12:41 AM | Reply


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