Thursday, December 27, 2012

Najib Razak Lies to the Christians Again

Sadly, there are still Christians in this country who will gladly sleep with the enemy. Again, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) on Tuesday hosted a Christmas Day hi-tea for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his wife. Najib gladly came and as expected, he made his usual patronizing remarks that Catholic Bishop Dr Paul Tan Chee Ing (left) described as "pious platitudes we are used to hearing on these occasions".

In fact, Bishop Tan demonstrated wisdom when he chose not to attend the event.

"I don't want to sound churlish, particularly in this Christmas season of goodwill, but if you shake down the PM's rhetoric, what have you left – syrupy sentiment and clichés that have little or no connection with realities on the ground."

Najib of course had assured the Christian community that they have not been marginalised. "I don't want to be prime minister for only a particular section of the community," asserted Najib. "I'm prime minister for all Malaysians, and I've said that repeatedly." Yawn.

That is so lame, so you have a choice of whether to laugh or to tear your hair out! Najib is, as always, only representing himself, so Christians, please beware of his deceit. Don’t fall under his spell because he heads a government that condones the wholesale thievery of this bountiful country. And he keeps silent when his lackeys indulge in violence, tell lies, give bribes and loot the national coffers.

Of course, Bishop Tan, being the learned man that he is, already knew that no one with experience of how prime ministers have run the Malaysian nation would think to remark that there could be an ethnocentric and exclusivist dimension to the PM's role.

"It's odd that Najib has seen fit to remark that he has to be PM of all of our diverse nation and not just one or another part of it," commented the head of the Catholic Church of the Melaka-Johor diocese.

"That he has to say a thing like that shows how far his office has tended to depart from a broad-gauged conception of its responsibilities that now there is the suspicion that it is enthralled to exclusivist notions of its actual import," commented the Jesuit-trained prelate.

"If he had a broad view of his office, how come when Christians were accused over the last two years of not just being ‘pendatang' but sinister fifth-columnists, there was not a word from official quarters to stem that patently false accusation which was aimed at creating suspicion and hatred for Christians on the part of the Muslim majority of this country?" queried the bishop.

If there is one truth that Najib spoke, it was his statement he made to the Christian community that the government has "not forgotten" them. I must admit that is wholly true. It is during Christmas that Najib remembers the Christians because he needs to woo them for their votes. Christians tend to be more forgiving during this month of December.

Bishop Tan said that as a founding member of the Malaysian Consultative Congress of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism– founded in 1984 – and as one-time leader of the CFM, he had met, in MCCBCHST and CFM's roles, three Malaysian prime ministers (Mahathir Mohamad, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak) and "all three had not kept the promises they made at the dialogues we have had with them."

Malaysian prime ministers speak with forked tongues. Wake up, Christians before you are sold for less than thirty pieces of silver.

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