Monday, April 20, 2015

Sabah Christians Speak Out Against Hudud

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
St Michael's Church Penampang, near Donggongon town in Penampang district, approximately 15 km from Kota Kinabalu, Sabah
 
Christians in Sabah are calling for their state government to defend their natives’ rights for religious freedom and protest the possible implementation of hudud in Kelantan.
 
The Pastor’s Fellowship of Kota Kinabalu said that the Sabah government, as an original party to the formation of the Federation of Malaysia as well as a trustee of the Malaysia Agreement 1963, has a moral and legal duty to defend the state against any attempts to disregard the basis of the agreement.
 
“It is high time our state government stand up to defend the sacred covenants (of the Malaysia Agreement 1963), even if the federal government of Malaysia might, thus far, seem slow in doing so,” said the group in an April 10, 2015 statement.
 
Signed by its three leaders – Pastors Cornelius Henry, Steven Choon and Daniel Chin – the group echoed Sabah Council of Churches president Reverend Jerry Dusing who had maintained that historical documents and declarations showed that Malaysia was intended to be founded as a secular country, when he voiced concern at plans to implement the religious-based criminal law.
 
The group said that Sabahans have withstood many challenges to their faith in Malaysia and called on all Malaysians to honour the aspirations of their founding fathers from 1963 and contained in the Malaysia Agreement, despite changing circumstances.
 
The statement said that although the positions of Malays and natives of Sabah and Sarawak were given special constitutional recognition, it was never intended for any form of racial supremacy.
 
“Likewise, the fact that Islam has been recognised as the official religion in the Federation of Malaysia, is also not meant to relegate all other religions to an inferior position, nor to alter the social fabric of the country,” they said, citing documents such as the White Paper on the Constitutional Proposal for the Federation of Malaya (Legislative Council Paper No. 41 of 1957).
 
They said that the so-called “social contract”, or the sacred covenant made between the founding forefathers, was among the federal and state governments, and Muslims and non-Muslims alike.
 
“As a matter of fact, freedom of religion was so prominent in the mind of our forefathers, that it was made the very first point of the 20-point Agreement advocated by the leaders of Sabah. This solemn promise has even been enshrined in the famous Batu Sumpah of Keningau, Sabah, where it says “Ugama Bebas Dalam Sabah”.
 
The Sabah Christians have spoken. They have made known that they reject laws that make Malaysia less secular because these clearly go against the assurance and guarantee of freedom of religion to the people of Sabah and Sarawak.
 
The BN government in the state are keeping very quiet.
 
And what about the Sarawak Christians?
 
Celtic and Inverness CT had met four times this season and every game had been really tight. But in the Scottish Cup semi-final yesterday, the latter handed the former a 3-2 defeat. And with that loss, Celtic dreams of a treble go up in smoke. Sad.
 
Also, in the FA Cup semi-final, Liverpool lost 1-2 to Aston Villa. Philippe Coutinho had opened scoring for the Reds in the thirtieth minute but the latter came from behind to kill the former’s chances and marched into the final – their first FA Cup final since 2000. Liverpool is condemned to a trophy-less season.
 
Brendan Rodgers, be a man and resign!

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