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January 23, 2013

Has PM forsaken Christians over Bible-burning threat?


The call by Malay rights group Perkasa for Muslims to burn the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible has stoked the ire of various quarters who question Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s inaction on the matter.

Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo said Najib could no longer remain silent on Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali’s call, which the DAP leader deems “criminal in nature”.

He went on to call on Najib to prove his sincerity in telling Christian Malaysians last month that the government has “not forgotten” them. (more…)


January 22, 2013

Burn al-Kitab Day on Jan 27?

G Vinod

A flyer from a previously unknown group urges Muslims to torch Malay language Bibles this Sunday.

A Christian movement has come across a flyer in Penang calling on Muslims to burn Malay language Bibles at a gathering at the Bagan Luar Municipality field in Butterworth this Sunday.

Bishop Ng Moon Hing, executive secretary of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), said a copy of the flyer was found in the mailbox of a Christian priest residing in Butterworth.

The flyer, printed by a group called Pasukan Bertindak Anti Bible Bahasa Melayu (Anti-Malay-Bible Action Force), urges Muslims to join in the “Malay Bible burning festivities” scheduled at 10am. (more…)

Constructive dialogue way to resolving ‘Allah’ issue

Ng Kam Weng

Proposition 1: We respect the right of PAS to spell out clearly its theological position on Allah.

Proposition 2: We respect the right of people of different faiths to interpret their holy books and profess their faith in their mother tongues.

Proposition 3: We must go beyond polemics in addressing the Allah controversy.

Proposition 4: We invite Muslim leaders to engage in constructive dialogue with Christian leaders to resolve the Allah controversy

The official statement released by Pas Ulamak Syura Council (USC) on 13/1/2013 has caused confusion and concern. (more…)

January 20, 2013

Bishop raps Ibrahim Ali’s ‘burn Bibles’ statement

Terence Netto

Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing is appalled by Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali’s statement urging Muslims to burn Bibles that use the term ‘Allah’ for God, describing it as “an incendiary statement that far exceeds the bounds of civil discourse in Malaysia”.

The head of the Catholic Church in the Malacca-Johor diocese, Bishop Paul Tan, said that now that Ibrahim’s “incendiary remarks are in the public domain, let’s wait and see what the authorities will do about it”.

“If there is going to be any point to that slogan ‘1Malaysia’ then this is the time when we can see for ourselves if the concept is mere sloganeering to win votes or an earnest of the government’s desire to unite the people in all their diversity,” argued the prelate. (more…)

January 18, 2013

Let’s go with restraint and respect on ‘Allah’ issue

Lembu Susu

I wish to share my thoughts with laypersons and have intentionally omitted quoting from both the Quran and the Bible, so as to make reading easy for both sides of the divide.

1. The word ‘Allah’ is meant only for Muslims and for all who hold the view that there is only one god, according to the PAS Majlis Syura.

This view resonates well with the majority of Muslims in Malaysia. Non-Muslims and Christians must understand that the reason that PAS does not allow the word ‘Allah’ in the Bible translation is because of theological reasons. (more…)

January 16, 2013

Debate over ‘Allah’ reflects Malaysia’s growing religiosity

Dina Zaman

Malaysians are growing to be more religious. 

Malaysia woke up to a growing religiosity among its citizens a week ago when the Selangor Sultan’s edict reaffirming who can use “Allah” to describe God reignited an issue that has divided politicians and religious leaders.

It began when DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng appealed in a Christmas Day message last month for Christians in Sabah and Sarawak to be allowed to use the Malay-language Bible that contained Allah, the Arabic term for god.

Politicians have joined the debate but as The Malaysian Insider found out in a recent poll, Malaysians are growing to be more religious, be it among Muslims and Christians, and this is fuelling the national discourse over practising one’s faith in the Southeast Asian country. (more…)

January 9, 2013

Guessing game on polls date goes on

Rev Allen Tan, via e-mail

Malaysians have been guessing about the polling dates for the past two years. Now we are into 2013, and the latest date we can go to polls is on June 27. It based on the automatic termination of Parliament on April 27, and after that polls must be held within 60 days.

But it is believed that the most likely date would be on the last Saturday of the first-term school holidays, that is, on March 30. This year the Ministry of Education has unusually pushed forth the holidays to two weeks later at the last minute, breaking the norm of holding holidays on the second week of March. (more…)

January 7, 2013

‘Christians in Malaysia have rights too’

Queville To

There is an assumption among politicians at the national level that no matter what they say about the Christians, the latter wouldn’t dare respond to assert their rights, says Daniel John Jambun.

Christians in the country should not be afraid to assert their rights as Malaysians in matters concerning their faith, said Sabah STAR.

In a statement issued here, party deputy chairman Daniel John Jambun said politicians who get involved in the debates on religion in Malaysia were behaving as if the Christians have no feelings and no rights as Malaysians. (more…)

January 1, 2013

Clearing the confusion on the use of Allah in Bahasa Bibles

From Dr SK Teoh, via e-mail

Many Muslims and even some Christians have misunderstood the use of “Allah” in Bahasa Bibles.  To clarify some of the confusion:

  • The BM Bible or the Alkitab is not translated from the English Bible but from the original languages, i.e.  Hebrew and Greek.
  • The Hebrew word for God is El or Elohim (similar root as Ilah in Arabic) and YHWH or Yahweh for LORD. The Greek words are Theo for God and Kurios for Lord.
  • Biblical translators all over the world have used the local language terms for Elohim and Yahweh e.g. God and LORD in English; Dios and Senor in Spanish, Shangti and Zhu in Chinese (more…)

Allah row – what’s the name of the game?

Ong Kian Ming

Christmas came early for me this year, a month and a half early. I received not one but two presents in November, courtesy of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM).

At a dinner held on Nov 5 celebrating the 400th year of the translation of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia, I received a reprint of AC Ruyl’s BM translation of the gospel of Matthew as well a complete BM Bible translated by the BSM. AC Ruyl, a Dutch trader, had translated the gospel of Matthew into BM in 1612 and it was printed in 1629 in Holland.

The complete BM Bible was first translated by BSM in 1996 with a revised edition in 2001. Both books are important in understanding the ‘Allah’ debate that was first sparked by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng’s Christmas Day message to ask the federal government to allow Christians in Malaysia to use the word ‘Allah’ in their worship of their God and Creator. (more…)

December 25, 2012

Putting Christ back into the Christmas

Stanley Koh

Is it not imperative to emphasise the significance of the spirit of Christ in our hearts during the Christmas celebration?

Christmas is just around the corner and it may come as a surprise that many people never reflect on why they believe or do what they do during Christmas.

They basically do what the majority of the Christian faith does or what everybody else does because it is easy and the most natural way to follow.

To put it simply, Christmas is just another occasion and time to be together with families and friends for a feisty and food celebration. (more…)

‘Early Christmas gift’ an election ploy?

Jared Pereira

The government decided to relax travel bans to Israel for Malaysian Christians effective Oct 30 but made announcement only five days before Christmas.

The timing of the announcement to relax the ban on religious visits by Christians to Israel is questionable considering that the general election is imminent.

The government recently lifted the quota on the number of Christian pilgrims allowed to travel to Jerusalem for up to a maximum of three weeks.

Past conditions imposed by the government stated that any one church could only send a group of 40 and only 700 pilgrims were allowed each year. (more…)

November 26, 2012

Christians forced to become Muslims by NRD

P Ramakrishnan

Who determines one’s faith – the individual or the The National Registration Department (NRD? It is obvious that it has to be the individual concerned. The NRD has no business to disagree when a person lays claim to a certain faith.

The NRD’s function is to issue MyKad and it cannot act beyond this function. It is very clear. But why then is the NRD making the lives of Bumiputra Christians in Sabah and Sarawak miserable (as reported in the Malaysian Chronicle)?

For Christians, it has been one long struggle to claim their rights. To use the word ‘Allah’ was a tussle; to import the Bible in the national language was a problem. Now, even to claim that they are Christians is a formidable challenge. (more…)

November 22, 2012

Religion, politics and ‘idiocrats’

KJ John

WCW’s comments make us infamous! Usually, to any Western-trained political conservative, anytime a Christian sits on the same side of a table with a Muslim, it is for them a timebomb ready to go off! Why?I have no choice but to respond to Wong Chun Wai’s (WCW) column in The Sunday Star as published in Malaysia Today with the title, ‘Keep faith out of politics’. My reason: Oriental Hearts and Mind Study Institute (OHMSI) was a co-organiser of the Islamic State Dialogue, together with the Islamic Renaissance Front.

For most such people, first and foremost, words are simply political tools to be deployed for their political purposes or expediency! Let me quote one example: (more…)

August 11, 2012

The Christian threat! Really?

Iskandar Dzulkarnain

Our columnist responds in his satirical manner to Ridhuan Tee’s warning.

Malaysia, like Indonesia, is in danger of being Christianised. We’re grateful to Ridhuan Tee Abdullah for the revelation and the warning.

Unlike ordinary journalists, who are not qualified to speak about Islam, Tee is an Islamic academic. It would do us well to heed him.

According to him in a recent article, at the current rate of conversion of Indonesian Muslims to Christianity, our southern neighbour will have a Christian majority by the year 2035. (more…)

August 8, 2012

GE 13: What would Jesus do?

RK Anand

With the GE drawing close and the Christian electorate said to be seething, a public forum will address the winds of political change.

The relationship between the Churches and the federal government has been nothing short of tensed as numerous contentious issues have placed both at loggerheads.

Though unspoken, it is an open secret that the faithfuls of the various Christian denominations and their leaders are seething in silent anger.

The grapevine claims that while these shepherds appear to be apolitical in public for obvious reasons, they however whisperotherwise in the ears of their respective flocks behind closed doors. (more…)

August 7, 2012

‘Christian’ Indonesia a big threat to Malaysia, says Muslim academic

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Debra Chong

A Christian-majority Indonesia could be a threat to a small Muslim nation like Malaysia, controversial academic Ridhuan Tee Abdullah has said as growing Christian proselytisation in the Southeast Asian giant fuels fears of Islam’s followers leaving the religion.

The Chinese-Muslim convert was weighing in on a recent furore in the world’s most populous Muslim nation that is experiencing a growing wave of converts to Christianity — as many as two million people a year — that had sparked a recent campaign to reverse the religious trend called “Save Maryam”.

Indonesia used to be 90 per cent Muslim, he said, but was now recording only 200 million Muslims out of a total population of 240 million. (more…)

January 16, 2012

Najib didn’t even let the Christians finish their meal, what more hear them out!

Najib didn't even let the Christians finish their meal, what more hear them out!

K Suresh

The proverbial cat is out of the bag. Christian leaders were not tongue-tied during their widely reported luncheon meet in recent days – 4 Jan, 2012 to be precise — with Prime Minister Najib Razak and 13 Cabinet Ministers.

This is the same Najib who went to see the Pope on appointing an Ambassador to the Vatican and returned home to threaten the Christians, right at the airport itself upon touching down!

Didn’t even get to finish their meal!

We are told that the Christian leaders came prepared to give Najib a polite earful during the luncheon but the latter, not being sincere in his invite, didn’t even have to pre-empt anything on their part. The script had been laid down by the ‘advisers’ who surround Najib and was carried out with commando-style precision but to what purpose remains to be seen. (more…)

November 21, 2011

Insulting Muslims 101

The film Babe, about a little pig who wanted to be a sheepdog

Jacqueline Ann Surin 

HOW does one insult Islam in Malaysia? And how does one insult Muslims in Malaysia?

Over the past few years and increasingly over the past months, the state, politicians and pressure groups like Perkasa have demonstrated just how to do either one or both. For the most part, these incidents are an insult to Muslims in Malaysia, rather than to the world’s fastest growing religion per se.

Here’s my take on how these groups have been giving lessons to the nation, and to the world, on Insulting Muslims 101.

Step 1: Weak and wavering (more…)

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