Archive for August, 2014

Native Christians [Surreptitiously] ‘Converted’ by State Policy

August 25, 2014

Malaysiakini 24 Aug 2014

When Juinah binti Paulus, a native Christian, went to the National Registration Department (NRD) to get her new identity card, the NRD changed her religious identity to Islam without her knowledge nor consent.

This is not unusual. Many native or bumiputera Christians in Sabah and Sarawak with bin (son of) or binti (daughter of) in their names, are automatically classified as Muslims in their identity cards, known as MyKad. Once this is done there is virtually no remedy, except to wait in an administrative purgatory.

Christians and non-Muslims consider this as backdoor conversion or “MyKad Islamisation”. (more…)

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Native Christians Want Immediate Stop to ‘Mykad-Islamisation’

August 14, 2014

SIDANG INJIL BORNEO (SIB) SABAH PRESS RELEASE 14 Aug 2014

BUMIPUTERA CHRISTIANS WELCOME ARCHBISHOP’S PUSH FOR RELIGIOUS FREEDOMpdf download

We fully support the call for freedom of religion by Sabah Catholic Archbishop John Wong and for the authorities to respect our rights to practise our faith as guaranteed by the constitution.

The Archbishop made this call at the mamangkis gathering organised by the Perpaduan Anak Negeri (PAN) Sabah – the Native Solidarity of Sabah – in Papar last Saturday (9 August 2014).

As highlighted by Archbishop Wong, we call on JPN (National Registration Department) to immediately rectify the wrong classification of Bumiputera Christians in Sabah as Muslims just because they have ‘bin’ and ‘binti’ in their names. The JPN must desist from this Islamisation drive through changing the religious status in the MyKad of these Christians. (more…)