Archive for October, 2013

Sidang Injil Borneo Sabah: Pastoral Communique to Leaders and Members

October 28, 2013

Sidang Injil Borneo Sabah: Pastoral Communique to Leaders and Members

Ref:SIB(P): 300-6(1083)13
Date:  28 October 2013

Greetings in the name of our Lord and Saviour Christ Jesus.

Brothers and sisters in Christ, let us not be misled by the assurance uttered by certain quarters that we can use the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God in Sabah and Sarawak. It is more than just about a word; it is about the fundamental right to worship God in the way we have been doing for generations without hindrance.

The decision of the Court of Appeal against the Herald puts new restrictions on our human and constitutional right to freedom of religion. Nevertheless, we urge you to continue your friendship with your Muslim brothers and sisters and to extend love to them as you have always done’ We want to assure them that our court action is not against them or Islam but against the wrongful conduct of the Federal government and its officials. (more…)

Appeal Court Inept Judgment Based on Internet Research LINK

October 15, 2013

The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya on 14/10/2013 over-ruled the earlier decision by Justice Lau Bee Lan in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to allow Christians (Herald) to use the word Allah. The wide ramifications of the Appeal Court decision calls for careful analysis to ascertain whether it is based on accurate facts which are foundational for a coherently argued and impartial judgment. I shall focus on the judgment delivered by one of the three judges, Justice Mohd Nawawi bin Salleh since it ostensibly examines the facts pertaining to the legitimacy of Christians (the Herald) using the word Allah.

The Native Bumiputera Christians Have Spoken: Betray Not Our Freedom of Religion Guaranteed by the Malaysia Agreement

October 11, 2013

It becomes clearer by the day that Malaysian Islamic authorities have chosen to ignore all the intellectual, historical and linguistic arguments supporting the inherent right of Malaysian Christians to use the word Allah which they have been using for centuries. The rule for unjust and oppressive authorities is – when one loses the rational argument, claim legitimacy by manipulating the legal system and intimidate the other side in the name of national security.

Their intellectual bankruptcy becomes glaring when premier Islamic institutions in the country insist on the ban because the word Allah is not found in the English Bible, and therefore, Malaysian Christians must have insidious motives for using the word.

This argument is irrelevant, if not bizarre since the present issue is not whether Christians have the right to use the English Bible. The issue is whether Bumiputera Christians have the right to use the Malay language Bible, the Alkitab.

Not that the Muslim authorities don’t know that our Bumiputera Christians have been using the word long before they was a country called Malaysia, or Malaya for that matter. There are none so blind (deaf) as those who will not see (hear).

Well, the native Bumiputera Christians have spoken! (more…)