Article extracted from Borneo Posts on line
Ibans should not remain parochial but instead be more open.
UPP have no choice whatsoever but to create a ” hoo-haa” and a “huge wave” in order to wrestle the candidacy from BN/SUPP says a popular political figure familiar with the Batu Kawa constituency.
What was however very disturbing was the statement put up by Jerip Susil,”admitting that winning Batu Kawah state constituency would be a challenging task for UPP in the coming state elections, that as time goes by the people would believe the sincerity and struggle that is for all races and religion.”
What was he trying to say? Why are you still saying challenging task? If he was a hardworking PEMANCA surely the people would not blink an eye but to vote him against the DAP incumbent Christina?
This will be one of the points which the State Barisan Nasional committee would have to look into.
The political figure even said,”Liu has resigned as a Pemanca and now going full time and on what grounds will he use now for the next few months to go about assisting the people of Batu Kawa? Will he be using the party to force his way with the authorities? Surely, he has jumped the gun thinking that he is the most winnable candidate? What’s more the CM Adenan has mentioned most winnable incumbents didn’t he? Is Liu an incumbent for that matter and moreover the party is outside the Barisan Nasional?
UPP candidates of Wong Soon Koh, Jerip Susil, Johnnicol Rayong, Ranum Mina should concentrate on their seats instead of Encroaching into SUPP designated areas. UPP Vice Chairman and Youth Chief Johnicol Rayong on April 13th 2015 said,”said it was state BN chairman cum Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who broke the news about retaining them as BN candidates in the next state polls”.
It does seem that UPP is going after all the 19 seats which SUPP has laid claimed upon. Its going to be a war zone as the other 3 BN parties have gone for “one for all and all for one”
Lo Khere Chiang will let his actions do the talking and he will not be deterred by all the politicking that his surrounding his quests for the most winnable candidate. He knows that CM Adenan wants to win Batu Kawa as DAP only scrapped through in the last elections after an Assistant Minister Tan Joo Pooi losts to a first timer Christina Chiew by 543 votes. Batu Kawa used to be a stronghold for SUPP and Adenan knows that the winnable candidate he has in mind does need to weave the magic wand from his hand.
The battle lines are drawn and Lo will need Tan Joo Pooi and the SUPP hierarchy on his side if he is picked. Liu for all his keeness and “hoo-hahs” will need to sit back and give a helping hand to BN SUPP or he will say ‘goodbye” to his political dreams of being a YB or an MP. Adenan will not minced his words when the time comes and he will pick his most winnable,suitable and credible candidate for this Batu Kawa State seat.
Adenan knows to unseat DAP he will need all the factions to compromise for the better good of BN. He will not let this chance slip from his grasps and he would very much want Batu Kawa to be taken back by BN and in the main stream politics.
Two Senior BN Ministers helming friendly BN parties seems to be constantly attacked by their former colleagues in Barisan Nasional Sarawak. Are both of them the real enemies to BN?
If audie61 may, the writer wrote this or have been told by his sources,”Perhaps he thinks Teras can hit out at any BN leader except Adenan. Perhaps everybody else in BN is not important except Adenan.
Why only Adenan? Because Adenan is the all-powerful? Because it is up to him to decide if you get to stand on BN ticket? Because it’s up to him to say Teras and UPP are in a special position where they enjoy better rights than PRS, SUPP and SPDP? .”
Was this recorded or was it just passed through word or mouth which was also a statement against a Senior Minister in James Masing. This is political allegation of the highest degree to defame and “profile” another Senior Minister’s Men when he spoke in Meluan.
During the PBDS struggles the BN symbol in 1991 was shared equally amongst the 8 seats two factions. The writer knows perfectly well on this matter. In our previous article we wrote and we publish the link for him to read,” https://audie61.wordpress.com/2015/10/07/no-clear-line-in-politics-theory-yes/ By the way we did say we did not stalk his writing didn’t we.?
Unfortunately for him his SUPP boys seems to like to tag people in FB and this appeared constantly and there was no way it could hide in cyber space.
Its also so coincidental that a TERAS SC member called us to remind them on the Prime Ministers statement and publication. This of course was even before the extracted article below went on cyberspace.
PM endorsed Teras & UPP at June 3rd BN rally at Stadium Perpaduan Sarawak. Some one must have forgotten that Najib Razak is still the Prime Minister or is someone in the BN party not telling us something?
Did Borneo Posts get it all wrong or there is a conspiracy which Adenan should know? We know,politics is so fluid and political parties can choose whether they want to opt out or be in a coalition. Surely,Mawan and Wong are very much part and parcel of the BN government and they are serving under the administration of Adenan’s government. We can also say that its not Adenan’s government as he inherited from Taib Mahmud midstream.
Adenan have made it clear that he would not change the cabinet midstream didn’t he? Does that sound familiar? Did he or did he not say that we may ask the leaders from PRS,SPDP or SUPP or even his own party PBB? Adenan could have drop anyone and pushed his friend as many would know William Mawan up as Deputy Chief Minister ahead of James Masing. Did he ? No,he didn’t and this allegation of him having a soft spot for Mawan is thus untrue.
Still,stop this harassment and untruth against both these leaders. By the way, am not siding with any of the leaders or audie61 would have losts all relevancy. Whatever happens in the Supreme council by the Presidents of the party remains and they need to bring it to the BN supreme council meeting. If there are uncertainties or disagreements one should sound it up between the BN leaders inside the meeting.
Why are they harping it outside and in the mass media as if Wong and Mawan are TRAITORS to Barisan Nasional. They are not Pakatan MInisters in BN Government are they?
A source even said that he spoke to the SUPP President that ,”he should name all the candidates now for the losts seats to DAP and PKR . At least the “aspiring” or winnable candidates are known by the voting constituents instead of only revealing them during nomination. Get an agreement for them to sign and its easy to even politically assassinate them if they turn against the party.”
Does that sound logical? Certainly, it does then to fight against each other claiming who can do this and do that. UPP and TERAS are very much part and parcel of BN Government whether the other parties in SUPP,SPDP or PRS like it or not. Adenan have kept his words not to disrupt anything before the State elections and let’s leave it to him to sort it out.
May we recommend to the writer a new article,” Adenan’s winning formula and strategy for BN”
He should write about who is winnable in the 16 losts seats and 11 New seats rather than attack the two BN friendly Party Presidents. He writes better than audie61 but we do know a bit more inside a political party more than him. Please do check our CV or resume (* not being arrogant though*)
I rests my case,
It’s easy to see why Wong Soon Koh is such a confused person nowadays.
United People’s Party (UPP), which he leads, is not a member of Barisan Nasional (BN) but he is a minister in Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s BN Plus government.
The dividing line is razor thin, any man in his position, being neither here nor there but everywhere, would tend to overlook the fact that he is only a minister in the BN Plus government, which does not make him a member of BN.
To be a member of BN you have to belong to a party that’s a component of BN.
In Sarawak, it means you have to be a member of any one of the four parties namely, Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) and Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP).
If you are not a member of any one of these four parties you belong to the Opposition; or at best you can claim to be friends of BN as in the case of Wong and UPP, and William Mawan and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras).
But the problem with Wong and UPP is they say they are friends of BN but they are all out to deprive SUPP of its traditional seats.
Similarly, Mawan and Teras also claim they are friends of BN but they are no friends of SPDP. Everybody knows they want to force SDPP out of BN and take over.
They even criticise Dr James Masing, the president of PRS, the second biggest party after PBB in the Sarawak BN, for telling them they should be brave enough to use their own symbols in the coming state election.
Even little known grassroots leaders of the party show no respect for the senior members of the state BN, saying they have every right to talk like BN does.
In the state seat of Meluan for example, a Teras leader was saying because Teras acted like BN and talked like BN, “Where is it wrong when we resort to using the name of BN as far as government machinery and BN policies are concerned?”
What the guy didn’t realise was he was speaking against Masing. Perhaps he thinks Teras can hit out at any BN leader except Adenan. Perhaps everybody else in BN is not important except Adenan.
Why only Adenan? Because Adenan is the all-powerful? Because it is up to him to decide if you get to stand on BN ticket? Because it’s up to him to say Teras and UPP are in a special position where they enjoy better rights than PRS, SUPP and SPDP?
Such a statement against BN leaders and coming from people who are not BN members is not only being disrespectful but also being ignorant of how the BN system works.
Who says Teras is not desperate? Is there anyone in UPP who dares say UPP is not desperate either?
The state election is likely to be called within the next six months, let’s be frank about it – Teras and UPP are desperate about being admitted into BN because they know they can’t even win a single seat if they use their own symbols.
Without the ‘dacing’ symbol, Mawan cannot win Pakan and Wong will lose Bawang Assan. They know it, which is why they will be lying if they say they are not desperate.
A senior political analyst said to audie61,”There is no clear line in politics. He also made a clarification regarding PBDS candidates who stood in 1987 and 1991. During the Ming Court 1987, PBDS was at odds with Taib Mahmud and they joined forces with PERMAS to try to oust the then Chief Minister. PBDS leaders held positions in the Federal BN Government during this period but were outside BN in the State.”
So the headline on the article which is extracted fully Masing”Get this clear, Sarawak BN does not include Teras.UPP” leaves very much to be desired. The writer should have clarified the Minister’s statement instead of agreeing fully.
A source telephoned audie61 and even said,” the name of the game is that Masing only wants to rid off all challengers so that the DCM posts is within his reach. Fair enough to harp about it,but isn’t that challenging the Chief Minister’s statement of BN plus in the present ruling government?” PBB,SUPP,PRS and SPDP are of course the BN coalition but TERAS and UPP are helmed also by BN assemblyman and their members.
Teras,UPP are not anti-BN are they now? In political theory they are but politics is never a clear line.
The final candidacy will be very much to the Chief Minister wouldn’t it be? The 3 Presidents of the party will be giving their names of their candidates and its up to CM Adenan to give the nod to all the lists submitted. CM Adenan will want winnable candidates for all those seats which BN will be contesting. Isn’t that his decision plus inputs from the BN coalition members and his strategists?
Maybe,for the record audie61 would not know yet as they are not sitting in the Chief Minister’s chair.By the way,we are not stalking the writer but only asking why is that his focus is only UPP and in particular TERAS.
The full article which has been extracted.
The people in Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) and United People’s Party (UPP) will find BN’s door wide open if they take the cue from PRS president Dr James Masing’s statement on Oct 5. Masing had said the current political scenario in the state would not be an issue if the people concerned were not only thinking of themselves. The current stalemate could easily be settled if those involved were serious in serving their constituents. “In the 12th general election, we had a situation in Julau. It’s PRS seat and (Datuk) Joseph Salang wanted to stand as BN candidate but he was not a member of PRS.
So was Kanowit. It’s a BN seat and (Datuk) Aaron Dagang wanted to stand as a BN candidate but I said it’s a PRS seat. “So I went to see (then Chief Minister) Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. Sir, I have a problem. Julau and Kanowit are my party’s seats, but the guys who want to stand there are not from BN. What am I going to do? “He said: ‘It’s simple, ask them to join you’. So I talked to Joseph Salang and Aaron Dagang to join us, which they did,” Masing was quoted as saying.
He said the reason Salang and Aron agreed to his proposal for them to join PRS was because they had the voters’ interest in mind. Masing further added: “So that’s how I solved the problem. Why make it so difficult, I cannot understand it because they think of what there is for them and not for the people who vote for them.
That’s the difference.” By “they” he can only mean the people in Teras – William Mawan, Peter Nansian, Sylvester Entri, Rosey Yunus and Paulus Palu Gumbang – and those in UPP – Wong Soon Koh, Dr Jerip Susil, Ranum Mina and Dr Johnical Rayong. Mawan’s declaration of “I am always Barisan, Barisan, and Barisan, through and through” will be seen as only political rhetoric if he keeps insisting Teras is a member of BN whether or not some component members of the ruling coalition agree.
Similarly, Wong’s BN posture cannot be genuine if he thinks UPP is the sole representative of the Chinese community and brushes aside Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) presence in the ruling coalition. Mawan and Wong must not think for a while that Teras and UPP are so important to BN that the ruling coalition will not hesitate to expel Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) and SUPP just to facilitate the admission of the so-called BN-friendly parties.
BN will not do that to its component members not only because that’s not how BN solves differences in the coalition but also because there are people who know too well the difficulty, or rather the impossibility, of winning in the election if they don’t stand on a BN ticket.
I think that’s what Masing was hinting at when he said anyone aspiring to be BN candidates should not just rely on the ‘dacing’ (scale) symbol to win seats, but more on their own popularity. Who in Teras will dare say they can win even without having to be on the side of the BN?
Mawan, whose election debut was as a DAP candidate, certainly can vouch that the surest way to lose is as an opposition candidate like he once was. Who in UPP, with the exception of Rayong, dare claim they don’t need to use the ‘dacing’ symbol to win in the coming state election? Rayong won the Engkilili state seat under opposition Sarawak National Party (SNAP) ticket in 2006 while Masing stood on Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak (PBDS) ticket against the BN twice – in 1987 and 1991. “
The real test of winnability is the ability to win without the use of BN symbol, especially in rural areas. So non-BN candidates cannot be supported by the BN political organisations until and unless they have been admitted to BN; otherwise BN is seen as fighting against the very laws it created,” Masing had said in his Oct 5 statement.
Right at this moment, Teras and UPP are not components of BN, until and unless they have been admitted into the BN, their winnability is not only suspect but irrelevant. However, the Teras and UPP people can make their winnability relevant if they are willing to play by the BN’s rule.
And Masing has just set the tone, if BN and your voters are your prime concern, then swallow your pride and play by BN’s rule. In Sarawak, that rule is set down by Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), PRS, SUPP and SPDP. It can’t be any clearer, Teras and UPP can’t be so dumb not to understand that. –
This writer is really colour-blind and respects every Religion in the world. Everyone have their own beliefs and their right to practise their own religion and be guided by their own set of rules and ethics in their faith.
Every weekend for the past 6 months this writer would use his twitter handle to upload this:- Thank U Malaysia
@NajibRazak @PMOMalaysia 4 Religious Freedom Peace & Security @BNfor1Malaysia @1MinDef @Sarawakiana . There will be a number of tweets which are shared to those who are on his twitter lists.
Giving more encouragement is the chief administrator of the state the CHIEF MINISTER audie61 calls him previously “Robotic” Nan but who since took office in February 28th 2014 have been very determined in his approach.
We salute him for the statements like:- “described the people of Sarawak as “very lucky” because they were not split by race, religion and tradition.
“We have been living in peace and harmony and we must keep it that way. Do not follow the attitude of some groups and individuals in West Malaysia who are quarrelling every day.
“They (West Malaysians) should emulate our example in Sarawak,” he said, reiterating his stand that as long as he was chief minister, he would not allow racists and extremists to come over to Sarawak.”
The pictures that we have put in here will cause a stir no doubt and there are many comments in both of them. They both have got MANY LIKES AND SHARES IN THE FACEBOOK.
Asrul Samad have so far garnered 2813 Likes and 4893 shares and 10296 comments while Rakan Bestnye Sarawak (RBS) have 6556 Likes 2308 shares and 529665 people reached with 367 comments.
Yours sincerely alone cannot be seen fighting for a truly Multi racial and religious Malaysia and this needs all of us out there to put this people in their place and even CAGED THEM UP.
They will try to generate as much spite, hate and venom towards the Federal Government even though its only going to be the 11th State Election.
We were called to look into this article,read it and we extract in totality for all to see:-
“Why do you have to wait for another 50 years for the Dayaks to be marginalised, suppressed and ignored? It is time that PRS together with two other Dayak-based Parties (Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party and Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak) quit BN and join forces with the opposition Pakatan Rakyat,” said one blogger.
He said the Dayaks must think of the next state election and kick BN out power, pointing out that was the only way the Dayaks could take back their power and revert to the glory days when Stephen Kalong Ningkan was the chief minister.
“Don’t waste any more time as the Dayaks are getting angry with the racial politics of Umno/BN,” he said.
Scores of comments in the social media were directed at Masing after he recently questioned why Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak seemed obsessed with winning back the Chinese votes, yet neglecting the Dayak vote bank which has kept BN in power.
Read another comment: “You (the Dayaks) are like an abused spouse whose husband is always on the prowl. You throw tantrums to get his attention, but in the end it is always you get abused. Why should your community vote BN if they are being taken for granted.
“There must be reasons. Shouting loudly is not good enough; nobody will listen to you, but if you want to be respected, you should quit BN,” said another blogger.
“Dayak elected representatives in PBB and SUPP should quit their respective parties and should join forces with PRS, SPDP and Teras to get rid of BN,” said yet another commentator, pointing out that there are 29 Dayak-majority state seats and 15 parliamentary seats.
Sarawak has 31 parliamentary seats.
Meanwhile, two PRS leaders came to the defence of Masing for giving a gentle reminder to Najib not to ignore the Dayak vote bank.
In a joint statement, PRS information chief Alexander Donald and PRS Youth publicity chief Bit Surang said that they supported Masing’s statement on the matter because of the general feelings of the Dayaks that they have been ignored, despite contributing much to ensure BN’s victory in the general elections.
Masing was correct, they said, in voicing out the concern over the issue of marginalisation of the Dayak community or Dayak-based political parties.
They added he had been in the opposition with the defunct Parti Bansa Dayak Sarawak for more than eight years fighting unsuccessfully for the rights of the community.
“Now he is trying his best to rectify the system from within. As such we must give our strong support for his courage and determination to rectify all those weaknesses,” they said.
. CM Adenan is being seen as a beacon of hope for “Urbanites” who turned to and voted for the opposition. He can carry the fight to the opposition but its up to the ruling BN Urban leaders to up their ante and use Adenan to their advantage.
Of course Adenan is not a miracle worker nor a “Houdini” but he plans well and he expects his instructions to be carried through, executed and not just left in the drawers. The 4 BN component parties besides PBB,PRS are ready to “rock and roll” over the opposition if the elections are called as early as March/April 2015. SUPP has got their house in order it seems and so will SPDP by December 6th 2014 after their TGM. In the shadows lurks former party comrades UPP and TERAS who sees themselves ready to take over the mantle from them.
UPP have been sending strong signals to the BN administration they should not be discounted to be included in the BN plus formula. TERAS is concentrating on their 5 seats for now and strengthening their fort further by trying to take everything on the chin. CM Adenan has been singing his rendition,”Can’t help falling in Love with you” and the TERAS and UPP political boys are leaving it to the WISE MEN in the BN administration.
Of course there must be ‘goodies” served up on the platter for the returning “urban” voters or the rural voters who sees the BN government under Adenan is truly carrying out his promises.
Even this extract,” the opposition leaders too have praises for him.So far he’s saying the right things and doing the right things,” Sarawak state DAP chief Chong Chieng Jen said.
Then again, he said: “We’re still looking at him objectively and with an open mind”.One of the things Chong, who is Bandar Kuching MP and state assemblyman for Kota Sentosa, is supporting Adenan on is the latter’s stand on corruption.”
DAP,PKR and PAS have always harped on the level of corruption in the state and when DAP Chong is indeed tongue tight Adenan must be doing something REALLY RIGHT.
Even Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng told a group of Sarawak journalists who visited Penang recently.Adenan “He does not have skeletons in his closet.”
On this note will you be surprised that Adenan will go for the jugular and put his faith in his popularity and his actions rather than talk only and go for an early election. UPP AND TERAS problem will not hold so much as a “small hiccup” which cannot be solved amicably within the BN concept.
What Adenan has served up in the recently DUN sitting had even got PKR Chairman in Sarawak Baru Bian to inform his Pakatan colleagues that if Adenan continues with his ways, “opposition will run out of issues” to even go into the “battlefield” that is the Sarawak State elections.
The Federal BN Government leaders are all sipping coffee and smoking cigars knowing very well for now Adenan is a man on a mission. BN Sarawak will be returned to power after the 11th Sarawak State elections be it called in March/April 2014 or even later towards the end of the year.
Adenan knows the popularity statistics will wane if his men are not on the ground executing his instructions. He cannot afford to have it slowed down as the opposition and the voters will have a clearer picture if it falls short.
The elder and veteran leaders where some will have their political careers halted when Adenan puts his stamped in the administration must know how to let go or else they will also suffer the consequences that befell many before them.
IT WILL BE ADENAN’S CALL FOR THE SARAWAK ELECTIONS AND HE KNOWS BEST WHEN HE IS READY. ADENAN FOR NOW IS WARMING TO HIS TASKS AND HIS SEAT REMAINS COMFORTABLE UNTIL THE DETRACTORS ARE TRYING TO PUSH HIM TO THE EDGE
Adenan did not minced his words when he said,” no longer tolerate those who have eyes but are blind, have ears but are deaf and have mouths but are dumb”.
Also he continued, “Some (enforcement officers) have said they are afraid of gangsters, that they are afraid of receiving bullets in the mail. Well, you tell them, ‘Adenan told you to enforce the law’. No more excuses not to do anything.”
The 6 companies he requested earlier in March to sign an integrity pledge were KTS Group of Companies, Rimbunan Hijau, Samling, Shin Yang, Ta Ann and WTK Holdings Bhd.
According to a political source Adenan can feel the under currents and it seems that there are forces going after his chair to destabilise his tenure and to shake him up. The source said,” The Rakyat are all for him with his frankness and his no nonsense approach and its a breadth of fresh air with him getting his fingers dirtied at the most crucial time of his administration.
The election is not too far away and Adenan is creating all the heat for the opposition. He needs to maintain it as such and he even calls for the Integrity pledge for his Ministers and Assistant Ministers.”
Our political source even went to the extend to say that the stern warning to the timber companies ,”not to mess with him” has send shivers amongst the people who are walking the corridors of power.
The tycoons will feel that they are in for “quite a ride” in the months ahead and they either have to toe the line or face the wrath of the Adenan’s administration.
Will they join the ride or ask for an “outside force ” or “enemy within”to ensure Adenan will not be so gung-ho and scoring direct hits to their vulnerable businesses?
The Pandora Box is opening and the key is still within reach of some who sees that their powers are slowly being sucked out from their very own eyes. The unknowing leaks from the state administration is beginning to show results and the powerful few are scratching their own faces with their finger nails. Ouch!!!
Adenan is doing it for a reason and it is going to be a surprise and those who are first in line to sign be it timber tycoons, ministers ,assistant ministers will have a good nights sleep.
Surely there is NO ENTRAPMENT here..? The Rakyat will applaud them for being True Sarawakian in spirit as they will uphold the State’s integrity and ready to fight corruption. This is a top notch move.
We are pretty sure that they will be more surprises in store for those walking the corridors of power and ensure that the opposition too will be caught off guard.
It has certainly started to ooze some blood from those walking the corridors of power and some are again looking over their shoulders.
“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.
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.