Monday, March 21, 2011

Should Christians Be Offended?


The unhappy issue pertaining to the violation of Malay Bibles means that even if the government is wishing to release them, the Christians are refusing to receive them. When KDN (the Home Ministry’s Malay-language acronym) stamped a serial number on each copy, it is already a desecration. “This means that the Bahasa Malaysia Bible is now treated as a restricted item, and the Word of God has been made subject to the control of man. This is wholly offensive to Christians,” the CFM said in a strongly worded statement on Friday signed by their chairman, Bishop Ng Moon Hing (Website http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Churches-in-Malaysia-reject-Bibles-held-up-and-desecrated-by-the-government-21061.html, posted March 18, 2011). The umbrella body also refuted government claims they had reached a compromise, saying they had never agreed that their holy books should be endorsed to say, “It is only for Christians”.

“Any person who respects the Holy Scriptures of any religion would be appalled by this action. We will never accede to any desecration of the Bible since the Word of God to us is sacred,” they said.

Pointing to a 1982 order issued under the Internal Security Act (ISA), the CFM said nowhere in the law is it stated that any form of words had to be endorsed on any copy of the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia. “Given that copies may already have been endorsed, we will not take delivery of those endorsed copies,” they added.

The CFM said they also wholly reject the federal government’s argument that the Bible in Bahasa Malaysia is “prejudicial to the national interest and security of Malaysia”. They condemned the government’s treatment of their holy books as “subversive publication”.

The CFM said Christian Malaysians have always acted in good faith and with great patience to reach a peaceful end to religious disputes that would not compromise their beliefs. “But that good faith has not been reciprocated by the government,” they said. They further accused Putrajaya of having moved the “goal posts” over the years “through a systematic imposition of unreasonable conditions and restrictions”.

Isn’t it clear to Christians that they are viewed in a very different light? We may be Malaysians but alas, Christians are looked upon with great suspicion. It is hoped that Christians in Sarawak can quickly wake up to this fact and show their displeasure at the state polls! It’s the only way to tell the government that they must respect others who are of different faiths. Isn’t this what 1Malaysia is all about?

Nikica Jelavic grabbed an extra-time winner as Rangers triumphed 2-1 against Old Firm rivals Celtic in the Co-operative Insurance Cup final. Rangers took the lead through Steven Davis' 20-yard strike (24) but Joe Ledley headed Celtic level on 31 minutes. The second half was tense with Celtic's Fraser Forster saving from Steven Whittaker and Rangers keeper Neil Alexander denying Ledley. But Jelavic fired in off the post in the 98th minute to win it for Rangers. I am dismayed.

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