The Home Ministry is renewing The Herald‘s permit for publication and says that it was not revoked and that the renewal of its permit for 2010 is being processed.
A ministry official was quoted as saying that “there was never an issue of revoking the permit for The Herald.”
He told news portal Malaysiakini that the last letter sent to The Herald in September was a notification that the application to publish in the Kadazandusun language was not approved, and that a refund of the permit fee could be made.
He said that the reason for the directive for the refund was that The Herald had paid its fees too early.
He said that the ministry will only process the permit three months before the old permit expires, as in this case it is in January 2010.
In all our family gatherings we have always avoided two very important subjects:- 1. Religion 2. Politics. Our family has very large followings of various faiths be it Islam,Christianity and Buddhism. Also there will be some who does show some sympathy and align themeselves to the oppostion no matter what/who comes into power. They just love to be on the opposite camps. In order to keep the peace these two subjects are considered,” Taboo ” but of course there are some who just chooses to strike that “MATCH”.
The elders in the family like party veterans are quick to douse the arguments and put the centre finger on their lips and say “Ssshhh” and also “Stop It.” But will all families in Malaysia be just like ours where we follow a very regimented procedure and do not engage head-on with the elders. Certainly, there are families who sees that Religion is certainly a flash point for them to push their political agenda.
The Eastern States of Sarawak and Sabah has a very big following of Christian Faith. There is already the big issues which has provided an arsenal for the opposition examples of which are the concerns of Sarawak Bumiputra,Penans,Corruption and a lists of misdeeds.
Another highly sensitive issue ..Pleeeaaasss..this touchy business of the Catholic Herald will throw in the spanner of all BN good work over 45 years in Sarawak and Sabah. The catholics are very powerful businessman and legislators in East Malaysia and with one touch of the button they might just turn the screw on BN’s safe bastion into a battleground.
Hasn’t someone or a Hidden Hand undermine Najibs 1Malaysia concept and treated it as a mere rhetoric…?????
Even MCA has this article which we will reposts and if audie61 does not/cannot send a signal to the HOME MINISTRY maybe the MCA who itself is facing a crisis can do for the religious freedom of Malaysia. This is the article,”
KUALA LUMPUR – MCA has asked the government to reconsider its decision not to renew the permit of the weekly Catholic newspaper The Herald, saying it would be seen as stifling religious freedom.
“The action by the authorities is unconstitutional and totally unacceptable. It is counter-productive against initiating trust between religious bodies and the government,” said MCA spokesman Gan Ping Sieu here on Thursday.
“By denying The Herald’s permit renewal, the Home Ministry could be misconstrued as taking punitive action over the religious publication’s suit against the government on the usage restriction of the ‘Allah’ terminology.”
The Herald’s editor, Father Lawrence Andrew (pic), told AFP the ministry had cancelled the 2010 permit without giving any reason.
Permit approved, then retracted
The ministry had initially approved the publication’s permit renewal in a letter dated on Aug 3 but retracted it in another letter dated Sept 5.
The ministry should also allow the application for the publication of a section in the Kadasandusun language, said Gan, adding that Malaysians have the constitutional rights of freedom of worship.
“There should be no denying the rights of non-Muslims to read and practise matters regarding their faith in their own native language.”
“The seizure of Christian literature and Bibles by the authorities and disputes against judicial decisions involving conversions have all contributed towards the backlash against the Barisan Nasional government.”
Engage not alienate
What the government should do is engage Christian bodies instead of alienating them, said Gan, who is also MCA political education bureau chief.
Just as other religious-themed publications have been allowed to operate, Christians should not be denied their right to spiritual growth as The Herald is a means for Catholics to learn more about their faith, said Gan.
The Herald is printed in four languages and has a circulation of 14,000 copies a week. It is circulated among the country’s 850,000 Catholics.
If the Home Ministry can do that to the countrys catholics what chnces has other denominations have against the HOME MINISTRY bureaucrats. It’s enough to send shivers down the spine of those who believe in the countrys constitution of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM.
Sarawak and Sabah has a lot to lose out especailly for the BN government as the multi racial ethnic groups will not tolerate being pushed too far. It’s a WAKE UP CALL for the bureaucrats in the Home Minstry and the government departments to toe the line of this very fluid issue. BN will suffer for their actions if this is not checked and stopped. Enough said and we rests our case…………….