Hornbill Unleashed

February 8, 2018

Hadi’s statement on caste system in Christianity betrays his ignorance – Baru

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:01 AM

Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang’s statement that the caste system is practised in Christianity shows his ignorance of the Christian faith, said state Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) chairman Baru Bian.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, said it was a shockingly reckless statement for a leader of a political party to make, especially of the party that claims to promote Islamic values.

“If I may quote from the Bible, in Galatians 3:28, it is stated that all Christians are equal – ‘There is neither Jew or Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.’ Verse 29 further states that ‘all are Abraham’s seed’.

“Hadi Awang clearly has no knowledge or understanding of the Christian faith and should have exercised some wisdom and restraint instead of allowing his ignorance to become so glaringly obvious,” Baru said in a press statement yesterday.

He was responding to Hadi’s statement where he reportedly said Islam had abolished the caste system as its scholars, or ulama, were not considered sacred, whereas other religions – such as Hinduism and Christianity – still had the system in place as the pastor was considered a sacred figure.

Hadi made the remarks when denying he had suggested that a PAS administration would introduce a two-tier cabinet system: one for Muslims and another, to be appointed by the first, to serve as an “executive Cabinet” open to all.

He claimed his remarks last weekend were misinterpreted, and that he was referring only to the distribution of portfolios.

Baru said the two successive illogical statements from Hadi (the first one being on the two-tier cabinet) in the space of a day cannot be said to be an oversight on his part, but a calculated move with a political agenda in mind as the 14th general election (GE14) draws near.

“The irresistible conclusion one could make from Hadi’s statement is that he is trying to portray other religions as being no good, unfair or unjust, or biased. By doing so, he has angered and/or hurt the feelings of Malaysians of the Christian and Hindu faiths.

“This remark borders on the seditious and reflects on Hadi as an irresponsible leader who does not seem to care whether his statements injure the feelings of others.”

Baru said instead of playing on issues of race and religion and trying to score points by insulting other religions, Hadi could perhaps share his party’s manifesto for eliminating corruption and kleptocracy, improving the economy of this country and uplifting the livelihood of the people.

“His current tactics do nothing to engender any confidence that he and his party members are capable of governing a multi-racial and multi-religious country such as ours.

“I join with other Christian leaders in calling for Hadi Awang to apologise to Christians and Hindus and to retract his statement. It will not be a surprise to me if he responds again that he was wrongly quoted by the media.”

Source : The Borneo Post Online



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