Monday, May 19, 2014

Christian-bashing in UiTM

Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) had on May 06, 2014 hosted an "educational" seminar that was conveniently used as a reprehensible platform for Christian-bashing. The meeting was jointly organized by the Academy of Contemporary Islamic Studies, UiTM, Warisan Ibnu Aaby and the Selangor Islamic Council with the support of Utusan Malaysia, Kumpulan Karangkraf, TV Al-Hijrah, Zikay Group and Pantai Bharu Group of Companies.
UiTM had hoodwinked their students and staff into believing that the talk served to enhance the understanding of Muslims about the issues concerning the hotly debated use of the word Allah by non-Muslims. Instead, the speakers proudly showed themselves to be bigots and chauvinists.
Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia (Muafakat) president Abdul Karim Omar‎ had talked about "undercover priests" being sent to Malaysia under different guises to proselytise and convert Malaysian Muslims and he cited football coaches. If he has his way, I suppose the current crop of non-Muslim coaches will lose their jobs.
I wonder if he knew that he shared the stage with three Indonesian speakers who had suspect credentials and who, like him, talked crap.
Today, The Malaysian Insider reported that Bishops Conference of Indonesia executive secretary Father Edy Purwanto had informed that speaker Insan L.S. Mokoginta was never a Catholic priest.
Mokoginta had spoken on "The Threat of Christianisation" at the said seminar and further said that "every follower of Jesus should convert to Islam otherwise it would be a betrayal to Him".
Another speaker, Irena Handono, who had claimed she was a former Catholic nun, also was revealed as not having completed her "education" – she was briefly with the Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters as a novice.
Another dubious speaker was Prof Dr Menehim Ali, who was listed as "Pakar Kristologi Universitas Bandung" in UiTM's souvenir programme. A google search found no such university. What comes up instead is a list of universities in Bandung city itself. National news agency Bernama identified him as Prof Dr Menachem Ali, an Islamic Philology and Semitic Studies academician at the Airlangga University, Surabaya, Indonesia.
Anyway, Menehim had reportedly said that the word Allah should only be used by Muslims as it originated from the Quran and was never mentioned in the original Bible.
Anger is mounting over inaction by the authorities to investigate these organizers and speakers. It is regrettable that these so-called Muslims spread falsehood, slander and hate and in the hallowed grounds of academia too! The university had devalued itself. All in the name of Islam.
I wonder again. If there was Hudud, what is the punishment for lying?

Image credit:
Pix credit to Kavitha of team Squash Stars
In the Women's Allam British Open Squash Championship, defending champion Laura Massaro looked good early on before Nicol David found her feet to come through 8-11 11-5 11-7 11-8 in sixty-four minutes and claim her fifth title in eight years.
David enthused: "I was playing for my life out there. It felt great to come out on the winning end knowing that all the hard work that you put in does pay off”.
The Malaysian's coach Liz Irving, a former world No. 2 from Australia, summed up the significance of the win to her Twitter followers: "I am so humbled by the integrity of Nicol. Her drive, her work ethic. She worked hard for this title! A real inspiration!"

Y-a-y-y-y, Nicol David!

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