Bible Seizure..I don’t want to hear about it anymore

T03398Tan Sri Dr James Masing doesn’t want to hear of another Bible-seizing incident.

“I don’t want to see or even hear of another incident involving the seizure of our Bibles. Don’t let it happen again,” the outspoken Land Development Minister from Sarawak told theantdaily.

He was commenting on the return of the seized Bibles today to the Association of Churches in Sarawak which signalled an end to the religious saga that hogged the nation since January this year.

The release of 321 copies of the holy book, however, came with two conditions; one, that they are not to be distributed in Selangor, especially among Muslims, and two, they are only for Christians in Sarawak.

Nevertheless, for Christians throughout the country, news of the release of the Malay and Iban-language Bibles was a welcome relief.

Arguing that the seizure was illegal in the first place as it went against the Federal Constitution, which guaranteed freedom of worship, Masing felt that some overzealous officials had gone overboard.

“It’s illegal in the first place…even the AG has ordered the Bibles to be returned. They should not have detained the holy book until now,” he said.

The minister appeared upset with the conditions that the Iban-language Bibles should not be distributed in Selangor and could only be used in Sarawak.

His concern is understandable as there is a sizable Sarawak population in Selangor who are Christians. And this group has been using the Malay and Iban-language Bibles.

So what happens to the thousands of Sarawak Christians residing in Selangor who have all along been using the Iban-language Bibles?

Says Masing: “There should be no restriction for Sarawak Christians in Selangor as long as these Bibles are only for them. Of course it would be wrong if they are given to non-Christians.”

The controversy began in January this year when Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) officials seized the Bibles from the Bible of Society of Malaysia (BSM) on grounds that the Bibles violated a 1988 Selangor enactment which prohibited non-Muslims from using the word “Allah”.

The Bibles were handed to the chairman of the Association of Churches in Sarawak, Rev Archbishop Datuk Bolly Lapok, in a simple ceremony at the Istana Alam Shah in Klang witnessed by Selangor Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and Menteri Besar Azmin Ali.

After the ceremony, Azmin had twitted that an “amicable solution” had been reached.

Unlike his predecessor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Azmin had taken a tougher stand and stood up for the Christian community, arguing that the Bibles did not belong to the Muslims and therefore should be returned to the Christians.

“Islam has never asked its followers to disrupt the harmony of other faiths. It is our duty to respect the practice of the other religions in the country. This is a multi-religious society. This is not Saudi Arabia or Sudan. This is Malaysia. This is Selangor.”

His remarks were welcomed by the Christian community.

The MCA, meanwhile, in urging Azmin to ensure there is no repeat of the fiasco, regrets the condition which prohibits the distribution of the Iban-language Bibles in Selangor.

Gan

The party’s Syariah Law and Policy Implementation Special Task Force chairman Gan Ping Siew questioned how Sarawak and Sabah Bumiputeras working in the armed forces, police force, civil service or studying on the peninsular alongside with Orang Asli Christians whose first language is Bahasa Malaysia would refer to their scriptures.

He called on state governments to look into the relevant provisions in the state enactments to enable Malay-speaking Christian Bumiputeras and Orang Aslis to have access to Bahasa Malaysia or native-language versions of the Bible in their homes and places of worship in the peninsula.

– See more at: http://www.theantdaily.com/Main/Bible-seizure-Don-t-let-it-happen-again#sthash.FfQjaJ8T.dpuf

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RED BEAN ARMY BEHIND THIS..?

chong taibIf its not them (RBA)then who is it?

Of course the calls have come from DAP Sarawak leaders who were heard calling for CM Taib to step down immediately after the 2 years grace was up.

DAP has taken literally what CM Taib has said that HE WILL STEP DOWN IN 2 YEARS TIME OR IN MID-TERM. Many ‘ceramahs” which audie61 squad attended during GE13 in Kuching the attacks were directed at Taib Mahmud.

We tweeted there and then. ( eg @audie61                28 Apr  Pls see the following which we extracted from the twitter

  • 1.DAP Julian has so much hate against CM Taib? DAP talking abt “promise” 2 years 2 WOO the votes
  • 2.DAP Julian Tan says our SWak BN Parliamentarian only go to SLEEP after they win.Hit out at Sulaiman Taib.
  • 3. BN SUPP candidates CLEAN n JUST shd hv CM face.Why u hitting at CM? Is DAP CLEAN? Julian Tan convince us n dun belasar CM Taib.

We ask DAP whether Taib needs to step down?

He can if he decides too but he has a perfect 35 to NIL mandate from his party PBB. Also BN won 55 out of 71 seats in 2011 Sarawak State Elections. I did speak to a number of  BN YBs a few days ago on this subject and asked why CMs loyalists have been so quiet? Are they under instructions to zip their mouths? Someone must take the lead I said to at least fight the intrusions from outside or worse from the inside.

Certainly someone must have heard our uneasiness and dissatisfaction and up came this. I say I must take my hat off for the Chief Political Secretary to CM, YB Abdullah Saidol who have come out with the strongest and possibly his hardest hitting statement to date and we quote,” “We reject any effort by any quarter to disunite us for their own political ambition and economic control”

Bravo! Bravo! to Chief Political Secretary and lets see now how many out there will start to fight for CM Taib.  

Extracted from STARONLINE:

MIRI: Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s loyalists believe “hidden hands” within the country are behind recent mounting pressure for their chief to relinquish his post with immediate effect.
They were eager to remove Taib as he was seen as a stumbling block to their agenda to make Sarawak “politically and economically a free for all state,” according to Parti Pesaka Bumuputera Bersatu (PBB) leaders, who declined to specify if the hidden hands came from Kuching or Kuala Lumpur.
Responding to reports that Taib might serve a full five-year term in office instead of mid-term, political secretary to the Chief Minister Abdullah Saidol told The Star Online that the accusations hurled at Taib recently were an integrated effort to tarnish the image of his boss.   “They are trying to smear Taib’s image and create a situation so that he will be forced to step down immediately although technically he can stay on until the end of his term in 2016,” said Abdullah, one of the younger group of PBB leaders fully supporting their party president.  

“Sometimes, I cannot help but think that there are people in the higher echelon within the country trying to force the chief minister to retire.
“If they succeed, I won’t be surprised if they immediately moved to strengthen their interest in Sarawak because they see the CM as a major stumbling block preventing them from grabbing the state’s rich resources.   “

It is not difficult to understand why now there is an integrated smear campaign against Taib,” added Abdullah.
He said that Taib had consistently maintained long term policies to safeguard the interest of the state for the benefit of Sarawakians.

“Take for example our effort to manage our forest resources with a sustainable ITTO certified management. Yet, ridiculous accusations are being made and weird enough, some ignorant people believe these critics,” he said.   Abdullah said even the state’s effort to develop palm oil plantation had become the target of critics.

“I believe they still think we are not capable of managing our state ourselves,” he said.   He also took a jibe at the opposition, saying that DAP representatives were disuniting Sarawakians and were often rude to Taib who was elected legitimately and won overwhelmingly in the last election.   “

We believe in maintaining peace and harmony in Sarawak so as to enable our development plans to be executed smoothly especially in rural areas.

“We reject any effort by any quarter to disunite us for their own political ambition and economic control,” said Abdullah.

Twitter-“A Good Start..FB & Others Depends.??”

ali%20hamsaSAY WHAT U WANT .

TS DR. ALI HAMSA IS BOLD AND HAS THROWN THE CHALLENGE DOWN TO ALL  Secretary -Generals,Heads and Deputies of Government…to have twitter n FB accounts..

WILL THIS BE A REALITY?

WILL THEY BE A MASTER LIST OF TWITTERS FROM THE RULING GOVERNMENT?

This article from Malaysia-chronicle copied from the sun

CLICK TO READ:- An interesting statement though from TS Dr.Ali:-“if we keep quiet,people will assume the lies are true.”he said.

www.malaysia-chronicle.com/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=114351:lol-sec-gens-and-heads-of-department-must-have-fb–twitter-ali-hamsa&Itemid=2

Pakatan “Lain Kali Boleh Cuba Lagi..??”

terima kNo Matter which side of the political divide we would like to say”A VERY BIG THANK YOU MALAYSIANS FOR EXERCISING YOUR DEMOCRATIC RIGHTS

TO PAKATAN SUPPORTERS AND MEMBERS WE THANK YOU FOR GIVING US A GOOD FIGHT BUT WE WISH YOU ALL THE BESTS AND “LAIN KALI BOLEH CUBA LAGI…”

TO BN THE PICTURE ATTACHED SAYS  ALL…

Cybertroopers:-“IT’S THE CONTENT….!!”

Natasha gave Augustine a phonecall eventhough she has not fully recovered. Bro she said” read this and reposts the article and this is where the good is separated from those who dont have passion,commitment and the political will to fight for a good cause. The bloggers,facebook strategists must know their materials and what they set out to do and must be able to convince the young minds who make up nearly half of the voting strength in GE13

She continued we are in the position to be part of the winning team and unless the authorities think otherwise we would know where we go from here. We will know what to do when the time comes and the management of audie61 will weigh up all contigencies. OK Augustine said,”I’ll get it up and running and see how the response is.

WE REPOSTS HERE FOR THOSE WHO ARE ON THE SAME WAVELENGTH WITH THE DEPUTY MINISTER..ZOOMING IN..

also check this out:-https://audie61.wordpress.com/2011/01/17/bn-kalah-pru-13-cyber-warriors-needed/

Malaysian Digest) – Content by Barisan Nasional (BN) cybertroopers and across social media platforms will determine the ruling coalition’s success in the next general elections, says Umno supreme council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The popular deputy minister said BN had learnt an important lesson from its worst electoral performance in Election 2008 due to its failure to conquer the cyber-world which was then dominated by parties that eventually formed Pakatan Rakyat.

“We were not there (cyber world) in 2008… we handicap. We lost at that time, because of that we lost young voters.

“But now BN is prepared, we have a team of bloggers and new media known as “BN cybertroopers”, the difference now is the content of the media,” the Temerloh MP told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview.

BN lost its customary two-thirds majority in Parliament and lost four states Pakatan before Perak fell back into its fold in 2009. Part of the defeat was attributed to BN snubbing social media websites in 2008 when a growing number of voters were internet-savvy.

Saifuddin, who often comes out with views that differ from other Umno leaders, explained that the BN and Umno’s top leadership are now seen to be active in social websites such as Twitter and Facebook.

“We look at Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, he’s very active with the new media as general elections draw near, compared to previous BN leaders.

“It can be said that the majority of leaders now are active in using the new media,” said the Deputy Higher Education Minister.

He stressed that BN and Pakatan’s new media unit are equally matched in strength, and they only differed in the contents of their blogs and websites.

“We are equally strong… but the contents will determine voters’ choice.

“If they (voters) feel our content is good, they choose us; but if Pakatan is good, they choose Pakatan,” he said, adding that BN is now starting to realise that the great influence of social media would determine polls result.

Saifuddin said that 90 per cent of the youth learn about the country’s political developments from the new media, in reference to a study by a Universiti Teknologi MARA Malaysia (UiTM) political science lecturer.

According to the study by Prof Dr Shaharuddin Badaruddin, 60 per cent obtain information from alternative media, 25 per cent from the mainstream media such as television, and only 15 per cent obtain political information through newspapers.

This proves that the contents of alternative media, which are more convincing and more “persuasive” in nature, will enable political parties to win votes and support, Saifuddin said.

With young voters and middle-class voters making up 30 per cent of the electoral roll, they are likely to determine the victory of political parties that contest in the general elections.

He said that with the changes and access to social media, the “rural” and “urban” terms are merely physical differences.

“Rural and urban are just physical differences, but there’s no ‘rural’ term for social media…the difference is only the speed and access to internet facilities only.”

Saifuddin said the demands made by middle-class voters are getting more and more complicated.

“Key issues such as basic infrastructure is no longer the main issue for them, because of that Fardhu Ain.

“The issues that they raised are fardhu Kifayah issues, every ruler will give basic facilities to the people, but how many are prepared to give media freedom, give attention to basic human rights and clean and fair elections.”

He said that various schemes announced by Najib during the tabling of the Budget 2013 such as the Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia and book vouchers are not adequate to gain the support of this group.

“They receive the government handouts, but they want more than that because they think such actions would be carried out by any party in power.

“Their demands are more towards basic human rights, freedom of speech and so on.”

Saifuddin saw Najib’s reforms in matters of freedom of speech, right to peaceful assembly and the repeal of the Internal Security Act (ISA) would potentially draw support from this group of voters.

“The transformation carried out by Najib does not normally come from Umno leaders.

“But he is more progressive and is a reformist.”

1 of 222 Malaysian Members of Parliament….

YOUR CHOICE OF PARLIAMENTARIANS IN 222 CONSTITUENCIES

Over the long Gawai weekend it was not only a time of celebration,exchanging pleasantries but also many political gossips especially from the grassroot and voters from the constituencies. One particular area which is basically a semi rural seat where the local flavour/winnable,humble and acceptable candidate is very much the order of day is none other than Mas Gading 192 Parliamentary seat. 

Its also an understanding between the Jagoi/Singai group that in 1996 they drew out an agreement that one of the clauses stated that when the MP is from the Jagoi community then the assemblyman has to be from the Singai group.

One voter even said,” you just look at the list which is being drawn up by the holding party SPDP here Rayan Narong, Anthony Nogeh, William Jinep, Henry Jinep and Ik Pahon Joyik. After much 
politiking it is now SPDP’s choice which is Salcra deputy general manager Anthony Nogeh as their pick for Mas Gading in the coming 13th general election.

OK they say to keep the peace as per agreement,Henry Jinep will have to contain with a state seat in the next elections replacing Tasik Biru incumbent Peter Nansian while Nogeh will be the replacement for Tiki Laffe.
Its not about the state elections now this is about the Parliamentary seat where DAP/PKR are in direct tussle,STAR and other independants are also eyeing this seat.

But to the many who were randomly asked and spoken to many still feel “Tiki is very much still the man to beat. He is HARMLESS as he doesn’t care too much about politiking but still does his job efficently especially though in the lasts 6 months.(hehehe)

He does however look arrogant but in actual fact he is approachable and has a listening ear to his constituents. Many feels that the Federal leaders are still very much in favour of Tiki as they have extended his tenure as NSTC(national service training camp) Chairman.

Brother they said,”Isn’t it better to know the devil who you are familiar with than to know a Saint who will turn out to be worst than you can imagine..?.” 

SPDP will have their hands full this time round unless Tiki tells us otherwise.

Parliament of Malaysia: Mas Gading, Sarawak[5]
Year   Barisan Nasional Votes Pct   Opposition Votes Pct  
1999   Tiki Lafe (SPDP) 10,684 60%   Patau Rubis (STAR) 6,664 25%  
2004   Tiki Lafe (SPDP) 10,579 56%   Patau Rubis (SNAP) 7,867 42%  
2008   Tiki Lafe (SPDP) 8,551 58%   Patau Rubis (SNAP) 4,250 29%

We came across this statement from an internet portal and this bests describe what we meant by picking 1 is difficult whatmore 222 candidates for Malaysia Parliament.

Malaysians should choose their leaders without fear or favour and support those who can deliver the goods. Candidates with tainted background should be removed. Only those willing to sacrifice and serve the people should command the respect and recognition of Malaysians to safeguard and strengthen the future of the nation.

ARE YOU ALL IN AGREEMENT? WE SAW YOU NOD