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January 5, 2014

Bishop tells Christians: No triumph without tribulation

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Terence Netto

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing urged Christians intending to carry out their Sunday worship obligations this weekend to “prayerfully use this fraught moment to make themselves true channels of peace.”

Alluding to assurances of safety provided by the police in Selangor where assorted Muslim groups have threatened to stage protests against Christians for using the word ‘Allah’ in their Bahasa Malaysia rituals, the head of the Catholic Church in the Melaka-Johor diocese advised Christians to go about their obligations of worship “persevering in prayer and patient in tribulation.”

“Where there is crisis there is also opportunity,” opined the bishop. “The opportunity this tense moment in our experience furnishes us is to display the Gospel values of love, peace and forgiveness.”

He said Christians must keep in mind that the problems besetting them in Malaysia today were the work of “essentially small groups whose aim is to manipulate the largely silent majority into thinking that there are threats to them where none exists.”

Silent majority

“Christians should take heart that in all the campaign of innuendo and insinuation waged against them in the last three years, the largely silent majority has not reacted in the way their intended manipulators had hoped they would,” asserted the bishop.

“This should mean that the majority does not quite believe in the propaganda put out by a manipulative few in pursuit of their nefarious agenda.

“Therefore if Christians approach the crisis they are presently faced with in the spirit of the Gospel values we are called to believe in and persevere with, our deliverance is assured by our faith and its redemptive power is bound to impact others,” intoned the Jesuit-trained prelate.

Bishop Paul Tan said that even as Christians feel pressure from overzealous groups, they must note that there are Muslims who are abashed by the conduct of some of their co-religionists such that “the solidarity of those who will the good can overcome the base instincts of the ignoble.”

“Remember, ours is the faith that the children of light will overcome the children of darkness,” asserted the bishop.


  1. No double talk, that’s what they think about their faith being superior and the true one. They will know when it’s too late that they have been deceived when they meet the Maker one day.

    Comment by Sharpshooter — January 5, 2014 @ 8:17 PM | Reply

    • Your maker is probably is a single cell protozoa or bacteria billions of years ago. Some backward nomads known as Canaanite in their zeal to define a new identity wrote those beautiful myths and we are deluded with delusion.

      Comment by peaceman — January 5, 2014 @ 8:41 PM | Reply

  2. Catholic Bishop Paul Tan, why don’t you spearhead the narrative and direct your flock to defer to the Christian God as Yahweh…forget about the title of Allah…that’s a Musliim God in this godforsaken country….not the Christian God of Jesus Christ…for heaven’s sake. By continuously fighting with the Malays and the Muslims over the Allah controversy we are coming to no end. Sooner or later there will be another round of church arson or church burning. Worse, a terrorist bomb attack during Sunday service. Take care of the flock at all times. No big deal not calling our Holy Father as allah.

    Comment by nickkraemr — January 5, 2014 @ 4:35 PM | Reply

    • “Allah” word exist LOOOOONG before the religion Islam exist, only these thick skinned one time Hindu ungrateFOOLs idiots trying to achieve their own agenda lah, it is NOT about christians trying to upset other as per that kacang lupa kulit kit-lin had claimed lah.

      Comment by tiuniamah — January 5, 2014 @ 6:49 PM | Reply

      • Bas is a word commonly used; I do not know it’s origin. Bus in English, bas in Malay, bas in Iban/bidayuh/orang ulu, bashi-che in Mandarin, it is also bas in Kadazan/Dusun/Murut and all Malaysians. I have not heard anybody prosecuting another for using this beautiful common word. Everybody is happy to use a common word for such a beautiful vehicle. Allah, what happen to this patented word? Perhaps Christians have to buy it to use just like requesting it’s use from a copyright owner. Do Christians need to apply for it’s use from the intellectual property owner?

        Comment by No Double Talk — January 5, 2014 @ 7:59 PM | Reply

    • Do you know that Yahweh got a wife which is the goddess of fertility ? Watch documentary on Bible secrets. Bibles is the most astounding literatures produced by the Israelites to the world and yet caused the most controversy and conflicts to the world too.

      Comment by fedupguy. — January 5, 2014 @ 11:46 PM | Reply

  3. The originator of the issue is the feel and sense of superiority of the majority, Moslems. It is said that this faith is the ultimate and the truest faith and other faiths are inferior and subordinate to it. All other faiths are false. No dialogue between a superior and subordinate , otherwise the superior will give in to the inferior one. This is the end product of non-existence of musyawarah. A respected Moslem writer, Dr. Mohd Tajuddin Rasdi (professor of architecture) on the other hand believes that Islam is a great religion, but if it’s followers believe they are living a perfect religion, what have they to improve by believing and adhering a perfect life of a perfect religion?

    Comment by No Double Talk — January 5, 2014 @ 3:50 PM | Reply

    • No double talk. Like your comments. Have you notice who are the boat people illegally trying to migrate to Europe? Many drowned in capsized boat before they reached Italy and also those who trying to reach Australia. I see no religion better than religion. No religion made no claim of superior religion. Non religious just drank their beer in peace and crash the empty can when they finished drinking. What do you think ? If these people know how to enjoy beer why take the trouble to escape from one’s own country? Crazy idea!

      Comment by peaceman — January 5, 2014 @ 8:19 PM | Reply

  4. Listen well all our countrymen! This is a true value of being a Human as espoused by Dr. Paul Tan. Losing this value would push us to a hominid period but even then hominids were guided by some common sense of how to live in a community. That is how we survive to these present days.

    Comment by divineseeker — January 5, 2014 @ 2:33 PM | Reply

  5. As Christians, we have to faces trials and tribulations. We have to be strong against evil for the road is not easy. One thing for sure, victory will always be ours if we have faith in the Almighty. Amen!

    Comment by Sharpshooter — January 5, 2014 @ 8:18 AM | Reply

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