Hornbill Unleashed

April 7, 2013

Christians hold prayer marathon in lead-up to GE13

Aidila Razak

As the nation braces for what is expected to be the hardest fought election yet, Christians all over Malaysia are taking turns to bow their heads in prayer.

If things go as planned, every minute of the day from dissolution day on April 3 until polling day, at least one Christian will be praying for “truth, justice and righteousness” to prevail in the 13th general election.

“We may even extend it to until after polling day, to pray for peace after the results have been announced,” Prayer United secretariat member Chrisanne Chin told Malaysiakini. 
prayers united christians contribution to ge13“The response has been very good so far. We even have people praying in the wee hours, but we do have trouble getting sign ups for the afternoons.”

She said the idea for the prayer network, which consists of nine Christian fellowships, was first mooted two months ago as Malaysia has been undergoing a “critical period in history”.

“It is also the 50th year – the jubilee anniversary – of the formation of Malaysia, and to us, this has a very important and spiritual meaning,” she said, although noting that the prayer drive had not been conducted in the previous polls general.

This effort is one of many that the Christian community has undertaken in preparation for the polls.

The National Envangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) – which is also a part of the prayer network – for example, has produced a booklet to guide its followers in their vote.

ccm video christians contribution to ge13 3Among others, the NECF advises Christians to vote to stop the intimidation and discrimination of religious minorties, the spreading of hate against other cultures “like through Biro Tatanegara” and the undue influence of religious authorities in the adminstration of the state.

It also urged its followers to vote for a government which will “discipline overzealous ‘Little Napoleons’ … who thwart cabinet policies aimed at protecting and enhancing inter-racial harmony and religious freedom”.

On another note, the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) – in collaboration with the Catholic Research Centre – has produced a video, which Chin said has gone “viral” on Youtube and Facebook to help Christians in deciding who to vote for.

In the three-minute video cuip, Christians are urged to be well-informed about the issues and policies put forth, and to vote for equality, sustainability, freedom and justice.

“Christians care, therefore we vote. It is our moral duty,” the video states.

Increasing political participation

In 2008, AFP reported that Malaysia’s churches cautiously waded into politics by handing out brochures urging congregations to weigh the political parties on their track record of “freedom of religion, conscience and speech” before casting their ballots in the 12th general election.

ccm video christians contribution to ge13 2The community, which makes up about 10 percent of the population, had been under the spotlight in the past few years over the ban on the use of the word ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims, including in Malay-language Bibles and Christian publications.

They were also under fire for alleged proselytisation of Muslims, following a Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) inspection of the Damansara Utama Methodist Church in 2011.

At a Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) high-tea last Christmas, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak offered his “friendship” to Christians and assured them that the government has not “forgotten” them.

He said that the government has long engaged the community, albeit on the quiet. An example of this, he added, is the lifting of restrictions on Christian pilgrims from Malaysia to Jerusalem.

In Sabah, where there is a larger Christian population, several BN  leaders had last month handed over RM4.5 million worth of goods to heads of churches.

Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Upko president Bernard Dompok and Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah (PBRS) president Joseph Kurup had done so together – a rare sight among the three BN parties which represent the mostly Christian Kadazandusun Murut community.

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14 Comments »

  1. We shall see the Cross in the sky on polling day.

    Comment by Christopher John — April 8, 2013 @ 10:50 PM | Reply

    • The nation of congregations shall have their prayers answered on polling day of GE13.

      Comment by Sabestian Jacob — April 9, 2013 @ 8:31 PM | Reply

  2. ALL CHRISTIANS should bow their heads, fall on their knees and pray. Pray for GOD’s leading hand – for whom you will cast your vote. CHRISTIANS should NOT be swayed and influenced by whatever means – come voting time!!!! Pray for a peacefull Malaysia

    Comment by Pesaka — April 8, 2013 @ 10:49 AM | Reply

    • Yes, we should pray also for Mahatir and Ibrahim Ali to see Jesus one day and His mighty power that tremple scorpions and snakes under His feet

      Comment by Peace Loving Malaysian — April 8, 2013 @ 4:39 PM | Reply

  3. Because Salang is ready to convert if more corrupt gain is promised by BN to his pocket and bak account. What Christian he claims himself to be? Sarawak and Malaysia and the whole Christian Kingdom of God do not need traitors like him. Some people put money and position as their god.

    However, we would pray for God’s forgiveness on him, and what ever judgement and punishment he deserves, is between him and God.

    Comment by Peace Loving Malaysian — April 8, 2013 @ 6:10 AM | Reply

  4. “Hi you Christians in Sarawak, you are fools to pray to God…” Judas Salang, MP for Julau.

    Some people can just sell their souls for being a politician and a deputy minister in UMNO’s good book.

    Heard that this Judas and wife Lucy are Sunday regulars of St Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching.

    How did Judas die, just wonder??

    —————————————-

    PKR slams Salang for ‘blasphemous’ comment
    Joseph Tawie | March 25, 2011

    Former diplomat John Tenewi Nuek finds minister Joseph Salang’s rude dismissal of a rally by Christians in Kuching ‘distressing’.

    KUCHING: Sarawak PKR leaders have slammed federal minister Joseph Salang for his ‘blasphemous and seditious’ remarks on the rally organised by the Christians here.

    Salang, who is deputy information, communication and culture minister, had described Wednesday’s rally in protest against the defacing of Bahasa Malaysia copies of bible as “peoples making fools of themselves.”

    More than 2,500 Christians from various denominations gathered at the Christian Centre to pray for the release of 30,000 copies of the bible.
    Nicholas Bawin, PKR’s director of election said that Salang, who is Julau MP, must explain his statement otherwise he could be commiting blasphemy to the Lord.

    “It is seditious and we have asked our lawyers to look into the statement,” he said, pointing out that such a statement should not come from somebody of his stature.

    “We are not making fool of ourselves. Nor do we make fool of our God. We are serious. We are God’s children.

    “The Christians need to stand together to protect our rights. Nobody should make a fool of God. Nobody should say that Christians are fools. No way,” Bawin told a press conference here.

    PKR vice president, John Tenewi Nuek, who was also present, regarded Salang’s statement as very distressing and sad.

    “It is not only against the constitution, but is also a form of intimidation.

    “There should not be any form of fear or suspicion, because if you have fear it will only generate more fear,” he said.

    Preach co-existence
    Tenewi said no one religion is better than the others.

    “All good religions are supposed to preach co-existence between equals. We should adopt this policy.

    “We may be different. You are a Chinese, I am a Bidayuh, and you are Malay. Be a good Malay, be a good Bidayuh and a good Chinese.

    “To me this is one of the beauties of Malaysia, that we are a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural country.

    “This is our strength, it is our beauty. To me we should celebrate it, and furnish it instead of trying to suppress it,” said Tenewi, who is a former Malaysian ambassador.

    Asked whether Salang should apologise to the Christian community, he said: “Salang is a Christian, I would leave it to him.”

    Tenewi reminded people not to make statements that are against the sentiments of others.

    “We have to very careful and be sensitive,” he added.

    Comment by Get rid of Judas — April 7, 2013 @ 10:42 PM | Reply

  5. My dear Christian friends. You all know who you should vote for. Pray hard for victory for the righteous.

    Comment by Moo — April 7, 2013 @ 5:30 PM | Reply

  6. The Christian community throughout the nation will unleash the most powerful weapon, The power of Prayer, for GE13.

    Comment by Bidayuh Headmaster — April 7, 2013 @ 4:21 PM | Reply

  7. Not only Christians will pray hard, all Buddhists also must also do likewise. Why ? Look at Tun M asking the BN to let Ibrahim of Perkasa stands as a Candidate. After all his comments which are seditious they still want to praise him and Perkasa, Gods and Goddess of all Faiths, please protect us Malaysians.

    Comment by gagojackman — April 7, 2013 @ 2:29 PM | Reply

  8. Will those Bishops, Pasters and Fathers return the Datukship to the corrupted regime ? I think they should not glorify themselves with Datukship and especially when this Datukship was conferred by crooks and thieves from BN.

    Comment by Fabian Wong — April 7, 2013 @ 2:26 PM | Reply

  9. Please add Mandarin, Ibans, Kadazans and Bidayuh subtitles to the video. Also arrange to broadcast in Iban language to be aired through Radio Free Sarawak.

    Comment by Irene Kana — April 7, 2013 @ 10:22 AM | Reply

  10. Dear All Brothers and Sisters in Christ throughout Malaysia from all races and culture backgrounds, all walks of live and societies, who love our country Malaysia, the country and land God has given us to fairly and equally live on – May God Bless You All with wisdom and knowledge, and strength in your soul and spirit, evry day and every moment

    As it is written in the book of the words of Isaish the prophet: A voice of one calling in the desert, ‘ Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him. Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill made low. The crooked roads shall become straight, the rough ways smooth. And all mankind will see God’s salvation” – (Luke3: 4-6)

    Father God and Christ Jesus, we stand before and pray to Your heavenly throne to thank you for this piece of land and your assigned country on earth that You have allocated us to live. God who loves peace and loves us definitely loves to see that we live in peace and harmony and prosperity. God, You understand our love and worry toward our country, and with faith, we believe You have geat plans for us and our country, and that You will send forth Your devine intervention to see that righteousness, order and justice will be restored according to Your plans and methods and timing. You hear always the cry from our hearts and souls against unruly, unjust and unfair treatment, and You promised deliverance through His Words which are the most true and powerful over all worldly words and philosophies, kings and rulers

    Father God and Christ Jesus, please send forth Your helps to rectify the situations of our country, please fill and level all valleys of darkness and evil things, please make straight all crooked paths, so that Malaysia may stand strong and most harmonious to glorify Your Name, Lord. Please shower upon our country Your loving kindness and peace in time of challenges, trials and changes.

    We pray with much love, forgiveness and thanksgiving, in the Holy Name of Jesus, Amen

    Comment by Peace Loving Malaysian — April 7, 2013 @ 8:48 AM | Reply

    • Amen

      Comment by Hornbill Unleashed — April 7, 2013 @ 9:33 AM | Reply

      • Amen…amen and amen. This is the time now for all faiths to pray together as we are under the rule of the “known Devil”

        Comment by Justice Lover — April 7, 2013 @ 6:26 PM | Reply


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