Archive for January, 2014

Native Christians Want PM Datuk Seri Najib to Act Against Political Islam

January 25, 2014

Press Statement by Perpaduan Anak Negri (PAN) Sabah 25 Jan 2014

In Sabah, we are one big family with Christians and Muslims living in peace and harmony side by side even within the same family.  But we want to make it very plain that for the past 50 years we have been in Malaysia, we have been facing threats from extreme political Islam to systematically eradicate  our cultural heritage as Christians and our ethnicity as Anak Negeri, the true sons and daughters of Sabah.  Some call this a form of genocide.

PM Datuk Seri Najib must lead the way to assure us that he is not only a PM for the Malays but for all Malaysians.  All must be treated fairly and have the freedom to embrace a faith of their choice. We acknowledge Islam is the religion of the Federation, but not extreme political Islam,  in ways not envisaged by the framers of our Federal Constitution. This is the supreme law of the nation and not syariah. (more…)

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Did JAIS Act in Accordance with the Law in BSM Raid?

January 23, 2014

The STAR reported on 23 Jan 2013 that,

Only police officers with the rank of Inspector or higher are permitted to make seizures without warrants depending on the circumstances. Under Section 62 of the Criminal Proce­dure Code (CPC), only such officers are allowed to enter premises and conduct seizures without warrants, provided they have plausible cause to do so. (more…)

Bible Raid: Federal Govt Cannot Act Like Pontius Pilate Wash its Hands

January 19, 2014

Bible Raid – Betwixt and Between Federal and State By Andrew Khoo
Malaysiakini 19 Jan 2014 LINK

Quite early on in the aftermath of the raid on the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia on Jan 2 by officers from the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor, accompanied by members of the police, politicians from the government and also federal ministers, had begun suggesting that instead of criticising the federal government, blame for the raid should be directed at the Selangor state government, since issues relating to the religion of Islam are a state matter under the federal constitution. (more…)

CFM’s Clear and United Stand & a Challenge to the Government to Come Clean on the Allah Issue

January 19, 2014

Officials from JAIS insist that they are legally empowered to raid Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) and seize the Alkitab (Malay Bibles) since it contains the Allah word. JAIS is defying instructions from the Selangor government to return the Bibles to underscore their claim of legality. As is the case of political contestations, the tussle between JAIS (with support from UMNO) and the Selangor state government will drag on for some time.

Regardless, the dispute is best resolved if BSM decides to take the matter to the Civil court to seek redress against JAIS officials for their threats of forceful entry into BSM premises and illegal confiscation of the Alkitab. After all, no one would dare accuse BSM of playing politics as it would be a case of the victim seeking justice. In this regard, JAIS is undoubtedly pleased that so far BSM has not taken legal actions against it, as the absence of legal action by BSM would amount to BSM’s implicit recognition of JAIS (dubious) legal claim, and arguably sets a precedent for further raids against other Christian institutions in the future. (more…)

Media Statement 15 Jan 2014: CFM Deeply Concerned Over Recent Acts of Escalating Tensions

January 15, 2014

The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) notes with deep concern the recent acts of escalating tensions on the part of certain groups in respect of the use of the term “Allah” by the Christian community in Malaysia.

In particular we refer to four incidents: the continued singling out of Father Lawrence Andrew, the editor of The Herald, for criticism and threats of “mega demonstrations” against him; the advertisement placed in The Star on Saturday 11 January 2014 by the head of the Majlis Agama Islam Selangor attempting to justify the raid by the Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor on the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia on 2 January 2014; the demonstration near Shekinah Glory AG Church, Klang on Saturday morning 4 January 2014; and the demonstration by a group of approximately 100 people outside Metro Tabernacle Church in Gombak on Sunday morning 12 January 2014.

We are of the view that none of these incidents was either helpful or prudent in the current environment. (more…)

What to Do When JAIS/JAKIM Islamic Officials Act Against Churches

January 4, 2014

NECF Advisory 3 Jan 2014

Summary:

There was also news JAIS plans to send letters to all Selangor churches reminding them to comply with the ban on a list of Arabic words, including “Allah”, under a state law. This law is the Selangor Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Among Muslims) Enactment 1988.

There are also news reports that Umno Selangor is threatening to protest outside different churches in Selangor.

Given these developments, we wish to remind churches of the following:-

I. On non-jurisdiction over non-Muslims
II. On protests outside churches
III. On possible attempts to raid a church or premises of a Christian organisation (more…)

CFM Media Statement on JAIS Raid on BSM

January 3, 2014

CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
(PERSEKUTUAN KRISTIAN MALAYSIA)
26 Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Telephone / Fax : + 60 3 7957 1457
Email: cfmsia@yahoo.co.uk

CFM MEDIA STATEMENT

3 January 2014

JAIS RAID VIOLATION OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHT  AND CABINET’s 10-POINTS SOLUTION

The Christian Federation of Malaysia strongly condemns the raid conducted by officers from the Selangor State Islamic Department (JAIS), accompanied by the police, on the premises of the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) on Thursday afternoon 2 January 2014. (more…)

Jais Seizes Al-Kitab, Iban Bibles; Bible Society Malaysia Officials Held

January 3, 2014

The Malay Mail Online 2 Jan 2014 LINK For Analysis – See Krisis & Praxis article, “The Beginning of Persecution of Christian Minorities in Malaysia? LINK

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 2 – Selangor Islamic authorities raided the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) in Petaling Jaya today and seized copies of both the Malay-language and Iban bibles that contain the word “Allah”, while three BSM officials are also being held by police.

BSM executive council member Nic Ng told The Malay Mail Online today that a team of about 20 people including police officers and officials from the Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) arrived at the society’s premises over an hour ago and demanded entry despite not bearing a warrant.

“I told the staff not to let them in because Jais has no authority over non-Muslims, but they insisted,” said Ng.

 Ng said that the BSM workers were forced to allow the team entry after they allegedly threatened to break down the door.

“They took at least 321 copies of the Al-Kitab, which contains the word “Allah”, and they took 16 copies of the Iban bible, the Bup Kudus. In Iban, the word for God is “Allah Ta’ala.” (more…)