Hornbill Unleashed

November 13, 2016

Christians asked to reject extremism

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:02 PM

Nyabong symbolically presents the RM50,000 grant to a Sarawak Iban Annual Conference committee member. Ong is at third right.Christians have been asked to stay away from extremism as it is not part of the religion.

Pelagus assemblyman Wilson Nyabong Ijang said religious extremism has been blamed for the violence and troubles faced in many countries throughout the world.

“Religion should be a platform to promote peace and harmony among human beings. It can also be used as a platform for education while serving God and helping those who are in need,” he said while representing Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar James Jemut Masing at the Methodist Church’s 41st Session of the Sarawak Iban Annual Conference Dinner on Friday.

He pointed out that Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem was educated in St Joseph’s School, Kuching – a missionary school – and as such understands the needs of churches in the state.

Nyabong said with funds from the Rural Transformation Programme (RTP), the government can help Christians and those of other religions in the state.

He presented a RM50,000 grant from Masing to the Sarawak Iban Annual Conference committee and also pledged RM15,000 from his allocation.

Nyabong also announced an additional grant pledge of RM30,000 from Masing.

Meanwhile, Methodist Church Malaysia Bishop Dr Ong Hwai Teik said Sarawakians should be grateful to be under Adenan’s leadership as Malaysians in the peninsula such as himself could only dream of having the rights enjoyed in the state.

Apart from religious tolerance and harmony, he said Sarawakians have seen a revolution in the education system as well as English as the state’s second official language.

“Sarawak is also unique as it is the only state in Malaysia that has a majority Christian population. I pray that the state and the rest of the country will continue to be blessed together as the destiny of the country’s main regions of Sarawak, Sabah and Peninsular Malaysia is intertwined with each other,” he said.

Source : Matthew Umpang@The Borneo Post Online



  1. Christians and Buddhists and Hindus in Malaysia do not join IS terrorists. Enough said.

    Comment by munah — November 15, 2016 @ 12:45 PM | Reply

  2. Sarawak Christians will not resort to extremism unless PAS continue to push them into a corner. PAS is practicing money religion here akin to the money politics in malaya, both are immoral!!

    Comment by Brian — November 14, 2016 @ 11:44 PM | Reply

  3. This stupid idiot Wilson Nyabong Ijang is trying to emulate those idiots in Jakim . Who is he to tell the Christians what is right and wrong. He has been elected to represent the welfare and interest of the people in his constituency. He has no business to preach about religion and what Christianity forbids.

    Comment by Simon Abbey — November 14, 2016 @ 12:21 PM | Reply

  4. When religion and politics of a nation mix the country is definely doomed and the religion will become a farce. The politics of the nation is based on law enacted by the collective wisdom of the representatives elected by the people. zIt comes with a force of law based on universal norm. Religion has no force of law. It only stems from undebated faith and subject to fluid interpreation. Hence Religion shoulkd play no role as the supreme platform upon which a nation should be governed.Jakim keep your counsel to your self.

    Comment by almaz — November 14, 2016 @ 11:57 AM | Reply

  5. Demanding that our government and public institutions be free from corruption and graft is not extremism. Demanding for total reforms for a better Malaysia is not extremism. Do not invoke religion and be a hypocrite to mislead the rural folks. If Pelagus has any moral integrity and credibility, step forward to make your stance on corruption and graft in the government and public institutions. Make your stance on 1MDB financial scandals. Do not preach about religion to Sarawakians when you are part of the existing corrupted system.

    Comment by Awaken Dayak — November 13, 2016 @ 10:16 PM | Reply

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