Religious Freedom-“Terima Kasih Tuhan”

The banner explains it all. There were thousands of Christians who were present at the rally and both sides of the political divide were very well represented. Even one of the ministers said,”no matter where we are from and who we are,lets all pray for religious freedom.”

There was also prayers for a peaceful and trouble free elections and for those first timers it does bring out the ‘person in you” as the spirit of the occasion is overwhelming. 

Literally you could even hear the crowd calling upon the Creator to ensure that the Sarawak State elections be conducted fairly and  also that bigots,religious extremists and haters do not use faith against each other.

The bible issue was brought up but it was under control eventhough there were signs of dissatisfaction and uneasiness amongst the people present here tonight. One religious minister said,” They are good people in the government but once they become too difficult they are devils in disguise and they need to be removed.”The crowd cheered and roared in approval.

The night pasts with whispers in the corridor telling us that “We Malaysians and especially Sarawakians are peaceful people and we must not compromise with those who disrespect ‘the bible”

On stage tonight one of the Iban pastor captivated many when he led the crowd in saying,”Alleluia,Terima Kasih Tuhan not once but a number of times and tears literally flowed from many of those present”

It was a night shared by many as very moving and an occasion where everyone prayed for religious freedom. 

 

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/03/23/sarawak-minister-dismisses-prayer-rally/

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Oooh Malaysia,”Is this Good..??”

Joey’s  brother in law forwarded an sms and asked her to refer to busineess week com and also reposts in audie61 . It does spell unhealthy but not yet all gloom and doom for Malaysia’s economy.The CEO and Prime Minister Najib is trying to woo foreign investors into the country but it seems these negative media reports are definedly hurting Malaysia’s image as a a safe investment.

Malaysia Seeks to Contain Church Attacks, Investor Concerns

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) — Malaysia sought to contain attacks on Christian churches and allay international concerns amid fears the violence could polarize the country’s multiracial society and deter overseas investors.

Police are investigating at least 10 acts of violence in the past four days, including several arson attacks, all believed to be prompted by a Dec. 31 court ruling allowing a Catholic newspaper to use the Arabic word “Allah” to refer to God in its Malay-language section.

Malaysia has been largely free of the violence by Islamist groups that has fuelled insurgencies in the Philippines and Thailand, and attacks on Western targets in Indonesia. Some fear stability may be threatened by the politicization of religion as political parties vie for the votes of majority Muslim Malays.

“Perhaps for the first time in Malaysian history a religious place of worship has been firebombed,” said Steven Gan, editor-in-chief of Malaysiakini.com, an independent online news service in Kuala Lumpur. The attacks are a sign of “creeping Islamization over the past 10 or 20 years.”

This morning, scorch marks were found on the main entrance door of the Sidang Injil Borneo church in Seremban, Negri Sembilan stake, the Star reported today, citing police.

Molotov cocktails hit a church and convent without causing significant damage in separate incidents in Perak state yesterday. Glass panels of Sekolah Menengah Convent’s guard house were broken when a firebomb was thrown into the school’s compound and windows at a church in Sarawak state were shattered by bricks, black paint was splashed on a church in Malacca, and a pastor’s car was daubed with pain, also yesterday

No Arrests
No arrests have yet been made, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Ismail Omar said. The weekend incidents follow three attacks and one threat on Jan. 8, when the office of a Pentecostal church in Kuala Lumpur was torched.

“These outrageous incidents are acts of extremism and designed to weaken our diverse communities’ shared commitment to strengthen racial unity,” Home Ministry Secretary General Mahmood Adam told reporters after briefing foreign diplomats in Putrajaya, near Kuala Lumpur.

Though the Kuala Lumpur Composite Index shrugged off the news, rising as much as 0.3 percent, the attacks are bound to color foreign perceptions of Malaysia, said Stephen Hagger, managing director of Equities for Credit Suisse Group AG in the capital. “This is not helping Malaysia’s efforts to attract long-term investments,” he said.

Government officials expressed concerns tourists may stay away if the violence continues.

“Tourists will choose not to visit a country faced with conflicts, especially religious conflicts,” Tourism Minister Ng Yen Yen was cited by the official Bernama news agency as saying.

Court Ruling

 

Malaysia’s High Court on Dec. 31 ruled that the Herald newspaper, a Catholic weekly, was correct in using “Allah” in its Malay-language section, as it is aimed at only Christians.

Muslim protesters contend the word should be exclusive to Islam, and the government is appealing the decision.

The Home Ministry banned non-Muslim publications from printing the word in 1986 on the grounds it could threaten national security and confuse Muslims, who comprise more than 60 percent of Malaysia’s 27 million people.

The spread of more strident Islam across a swath of Southeast Asia is testing the ability of policymakers to appeal to devout Muslims while simultaneously protecting the rights of Buddhist, Christian and Hindu minorities.

Public Caning

 

In July, a Malaysian woman, Kartika Sari Dewi Shukarno was sentenced in July to six strokes of a cane for drinking beer by a Shariah court in eastern Pahang state. While caning is used to punish at least 40 crimes in the country, this was a first for a religious offense. She is still awaiting punishment.

Malaysia has a dual legal system. Shariah law covers Islamic affairs and deals broadly with issues of moral and religious issues applied to Muslims.

It’s not only Christian churches that have been targeted by Muslims in Malaysia. In September six people were charged with sedition after trampling a cow’s head, which is considered sacred among Hindus, to protest the building of a Hindu temple.

In October, Beyonce Knowles cancelled a concert in Kuala Lumpur after opposition to her immodest stage costumes voiced by Malaysia’s opposition Pan Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS.

Muslim and ethnic Malays leaders have criticized the attacks, saying they run contrary to the teachings of Islam.

“Even when Muslim lands were invaded, churches were protected,” said Hadi Awang, president of the opposition Pan- Malaysian Islamic Party in a speech in Shah Alam yesterday. “The culprits are ignorant of Islam.”

The word “Allah” was first introduced into Southeast Asia by Muslim traders around the 12th century, when locals didn’t have a word describing a single deity. The government’s ban applies only to print and not to non-Muslim rituals, meaning the word “Allah” is still used in Malay-language church services.

Around 130 Muslim non-governmental organizations and volunteer policemen have come forward to help keep watch on Christian churches, Bernama reported yesterday.

In Indonesia, Muslim organizations reminded followers not to make copycat attacks, the Jakarta Post reported yesterday.

–With assistance from Barry Porter in Kuala Lumpur. Editors: Mark Williams, Ben Richardson.

To contact the reporters responsible for this story: Manirajan Ramasamy in Kuala Lumpur at +60-3-2302-7858 or rmanirajan@bloomberg.net; Frederik Balfour in Hong Kong at +852-2977-6618 or fbalfour@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Chris Collins in Hong Kong at +852-2977-6475 or collinsc@bloomberg.net.

“Print Herald in East Malaysia…???”

gobind suspended from parliament 160309 nazriImagine receiving an sms,”Sarawak mosque under attacked.Comment..??” Can you tell me how..? I was fuming mad and really aggitated and then cooled down and thought rationally with our audie61 crew. So here goes..

 Think outside the Box..We have heard so many views from all religious scholars, political divides,Muslim and christian NGOs and it seems everyone is sensitive and only are putting their foot further in to aggravate the already fragile  situation. To us in Sarawak after interviewing many Christians and Muslim Brothers and also after Nazri’s statement we thought O.K. a solution…. is at hand.

  • However judging from this article in Malaysiakini and picking up the points it seems the tension has risen up to another notch.
  •  PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar -He said that not only is there now two sets of rules, the minister should not be making pronouncements since the court process which sparked the controversy is still pending.
  •  Herald Editor Lawrence Andrew he said the matter is currently being dealt with in court and all parties should wait for the outcome and Nazri recent pronouncements may confuse the public.
  •  DAP veteran lawmaker Lim Kit Siang- criticised Nazri’s pronouncement because it showed that cabinet had already decided on the matter, while at the same time, calling for inter-faith dialogues to seek a solution. He adds that the ‘two rules’ for the use of the term ‘Allah’ makes a “total mockery” of the government’s 1Malaysia campaign.

Lets get a grip of the whole situation and all sides please call a TRUCE  Enough of using religion to score poltical points or mileage. audie61 says,” GOD for one does not want the human kind to quarrel over how he wants to be called. We as  Malaysians are better of than that and we do not want to be looked down by the World community.”

If the solution is to be found it is up to the editor to come up with a solution of PRINTING THE BAHASA MALAYSIA VERSION EXCLUSIVELY JUSTS FOR EAST MALAYSIA AND PRINTED IN SARAWAK OR SABAH. BETTER STILL FORGET ABOUT THE BAHASA MALAYSIA VERSION. WE IN SARAWAK AND SABAH KNOW HOW TO SPEAK AND READ ENGLISH AS WE WERE COLONISED BY THE BRITISH. DO WE NEED TO SAY MORE..?????

WE in Sarawak do business alongside and eat together with our Muslim Brothers  and we do not have religious, racial,skin,colour  tensions. WE IN SARAWAK INTEND TO KEEP IT THAT WAY as I cant speak for my Sabah friends.

IF the Editor of the catholic news wants to see me I do not mind and I will tell him in so many words…Retreat and you will all  be wiser because of it…Also dont ever think that we need the Herald to tell us about our FAITH..We are stronger than that and do not use us Sarawakians or Sabahans to push for your Bahasa Malaysia Version. Please………we are all up to our noses with all the politicsed views as this is a religious matter. Also dont think we are Apple Polishing Nazri. He can also call me …

Dont also tell me next that GOD will not forgive me as I have blaspheme or better still kick me out of the Catholic Church.

 DO NOT USE THE PEOPLE OF SARAWAK AND SABAH TO FIGHT FOR THE HERALD IN BAHASA MALAYSIA as an EXCUSE

“God”as Debated on 101 East

It was shown on Al Jazeera English last night at 8.30 PM {Religious tensions are rising in Malaysia following a High Court ruling which declared non-Muslims could use the Arabic word ‘Allah’ when referring to God}

Latest:- “Allah’ allowed in East M’sia

(The word ‘Allah’ is allowed to be used by Christians in Sarawak and Sabah because the  government  accepts that the natives in these two states have traditionally  been using it in  their prayers and religious services and the Muslims there are accustomed to this practice-This was stated by Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department

OMG..”RED PAINT IN JOHOR”

NONEA catholic parishioner said to audie61,”OMG…OH MY GOD…Seems that the church is also targetted like the church owes money to the Ah Long’s or its desecrated by them. Its not a LAUGHING MATTER ANYMORE MY FRIENDS..The message could be worse than that said another,”the culprits want to see blood spill in order to achieve their aims. The authorities needs to nab someone fast or else it will go on and its just  like a “SERIAL KILLER” and many would copycat the actions. 

{ Red Paint usually used by Ah Long’s “Money Lenders in Malaysia” on their pursuit of those who owe them $$$$$$$ by throwing paint on the borrowers houses or establishments 

According to the report in Malaysiakini “azlanseven plastic bags filled with red paint were hurled at the church and it splattered on the back of the saint’s statue, flooring and fence.

It was also reported in Chinese-language daily Sin Chew Daily that the police found two emptied paint cans in a nearby drain and in front of the church gate.

This latest incident brings to 11 the recent attacks on places of worship, with 10 affecting churches.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MALAYSIA IS NOW UNDER ATTACK AND THE WORLDS EYES ARE WATCHING IT VERY CLOSELY. ALL THE YEARS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE WOULD GO DOWN THE DRAIN IF UNCHECKED<UNADDRESSED AND UN RESOLVED.

 

“Church Bombings 8 Now”

Copycat bombings or whatever it is going to be called has got to STOP.NO EXCUSES WHATSOEVER….  Business in Malaysia will soon be affected as negative International news will filter through the mass media and the internet blogs. If its not bad enough even our very Malaysian blogs are asking many questions.

This blog has really got my attention and the headlines reads as,”More churches bombed, where are the police!  This article has also a negative impact,Church Attacks In Malaysia Deepen Racial Tension.-EILEEN NG, Associated Press Writer

Its obviously a very bad perception for multi-racial,multi-cultural and multi-faith Malaysia and the interantional tourists and businesses will find ways to bypass Malaysia as a favoured tourist destination or even as Regional Business Base.

Seremban was the last attack and many phone calls were answered with questions,”Latest in Bombings..?? Which Church and which State..??. On a Monday its usually How is the market..?? Where is the money line coming from or where can we make Money..?? What a SHAME….!!!! This report copied from malaysiakini portal…

The Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) church in Negeri Sembilan was the latest target of an attempted arson, which left its front wooden doors charred.

This morning’s attack brings the total number of churches targeted since Friday to eight.

seremban church door burned 110110 02Contacted later, Pastor Eddy Marsonyasir, 34, said he discovered the incident when he arrived at the church this morning.

“A few church members and I left the church at 11.30pm last night but when I came in this morning, I found the wooden door destroyed,” he added.

Accompanied by DAP’s Rasah MP Anthony Loke, the pastor later filed a report with the Seremban II police station.

Loke told Malaysiakini that there was no evidence of molotov cocktails having been used.

He also pointed out that the church sits only 1km away from the Seremban district police headquarters.

“I strongly condemn the attack. This is part of a growing trend which is alarming.

“We urge the police to take stern action to safeguard churches and other houses of worship,” he said.

Founded in East Malaysia, the church is frequented by Sabah and Sarawakian students, with sermons conducted in Bahasa Malaysia.

Chemical substance used

Meanwhile, Seremban district police chief Saiful Azly said that a chemical substance was used in the attack.

“The fire and rescue services department is now trying the ascertain the kind of chemical that was used,” he added when contacted.

According to Saiful, the incident most probably occurred between 1.30am and 8.30am. No arrests have been made so far.

The attacks on churches followed the high court’s ruling on Dec 31 to allow a Catholic weekly, Herald, to use the word ‘Allah’ in its Malay-language edition.

However, the court granted the Home Ministry a stay of execution pending appeal a week later after the attorney-general intervened, citing national interest.

To defuse tension, the government announced today that it will hold inter-faith dialogues between various religious leaders to reach a common understanding.

Both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat politicians have condemned the attacks and appealed for calm.

We just hope the next phone call you receive will not be of anymore bombings… 

Copycat Church Bombings-Stop It.!!!!!

CONFIRMED :-SARAWAK CHURCHChurch of Good Shephard In Lutong,MIRI .Stones thrown at it and windows shattered. According to Bernama, Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said a church in Miri was the target for attempted arson in Sarawak. However, he said the situation was under control

NONEIt will ESCALATE and it only takes the extreme in any religious order to take the law into their own hands. The so called Religious Fanatics/Extremist  will be revered like Martyrs. They will use this as a Platform for themselves to be known and they don’t care too much on human lives as long as their actions do HARM AND PUT THEIR NAMES UP HIGH AS RELIGIOUS FANATICS.

This has got to stop and even when the top leaders are asking the whole country to stay calm and be level headed incidents like what has happened in Perak surfaces. Isn’t this Copycat and this has got to STOP or else it might just escalate further and deteriorate the already fragile and fluid situation.

The full report from Malaysiakini internet portal http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/121594

Molotov cocktails were thrown at a church and school guard post in Taiping early today, said Perak police chief Zulkifli Abdullah.

There was no damage to the All Saints Church in Jalan Taming Sari while the guard post at Sekolah Menengah Convent suffered only a minor damage.

According to Bernama, he said the church keeper realised the incident at 7.30am and reported the matter to the police.

Police, who went to the scene, found two black spots on the church wall and two broken bottles believed to have been used in the incident, he said when contacted.

On the incident at Sekolah Menengah Convent, he said, the school’s security guard realised the incident at about 3.30am.

He added that police believed the incidents were perpetrated by opportunist individuals out to take advantage of the current issue.

He said police had stepped up the monitoring of houses of worship in the state and urged the public to remain calm.

No arrest were made so far.

According to Malaysiakini correspondent Humayun Kabir, St Louis Church, which sits adjacent to SMK Convent was also struck with a bottle containing flammable liquid but with little damage.

The attack on the the St Louis Church has not been confirmed by the police at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, the All Saints Church, the oldest Anglican church in the country, was struck with two bottles containing flammable liquid, causing some damage to the entrance staircase.