Hornbill Unleashed

November 5, 2014

Bishop proposes two steps for Ibrahim imbroglio

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Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing has proposed a two-step solution to the maelstrom over Ibrahim Ali’s threat to burn Malay language Bibles.

“He can renounce his threat, and the government can proceed to drop the sedition changes against a host of others who did not utter anything comparably seditious but are under duress for suspected sedition,” proposed the head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese.

The Jesuit-trained prelate said this two-step proposition would provide the avenue out of the impasse spawned by Ibrahim’s threat and the spate of probes and indictments for sedition against a host of social activists and politcians.

“We cannot have double standards,” said the cleric. “People won’t abide them for long,” he added.

Bishop Paul Tan (left) said the two-step proposition was the best avenue out of what he felt was a steadily deteriorating situation that was creating tension and strain among the populace.

In proposing this solution, Bishop Paul Tan drew attention to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali’s latest moves on the issue of the seizure of 321 copies of Al-Kitab and Bab Kudus, the Indonesian and Iban language Bibles respectively, by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) in January.

“The Selangor MB appears intent on a solution to the problem that entails the return of the Bibles to the people from whom they were confiscated,” he said.

The copies of the Christian  holy books were seized from the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia.

“This is laudable of him,” said Bishop Paul Tan of the Selangor MB’s moves.

“Let’s hope that he succeeds but let’s also avoid any triumphalism in our collective conduct. Instead let’s acknowledge mistakes and  exchange forgiveness and proceed peacefully and humbly out of the cul de sac that we have backed into,” urged the prelate.


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