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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.

Resolving the Allah Controversy Going Beyond Polemics and Call for Constructive Dialogue

January 17, 2013

It is imperative for religious leaders from both the Christian and Muslim community (regardless of whether they represent UMNO or PAS) to engage in constructive dialogue to resolve the Allah controversy in a spirit that is consistent with the ethical and spiritual aspiration of their respective religious traditions. Leaders from the Malaysian church would readily welcome dialogue with Muslim leaders. Hopefully such dialogue would restore good will and harmony to our beloved nation.

Proposition 1: We respect the right of PAS to spell out clearly its theological position on Allah.

Proposition 2: We respect the right of people of different faiths to interpret their holy books and profess their faith in their mother tongues.

Proposition 3: We must go beyond polemics in addressing the Allah controversy.

Proposition 4: We invite Muslim leaders to engage in constructive dialogue with Christian leaders to resolve the Allah controversy.

You may read the full article at Krisis & Praxis blog LINK

Covert (correction: Brazen) Islamization Using MyKad (National ID Card)

December 15, 2012

Another case of brazen violation of the religious rights of non-Muslims by officials from the Malaysian Islamic Departments and the civil service (in this case the NRD). Perhaps the authorities will respond to the complaint from Christian leaders; perhaps they will follow through with some token corrections and ignore many other cases not highlighted. Still, such violation should never have happened in the first place.

Be assured, the government officials will continue with their brazen misdemeanors because their mischief is often unnoticed, and they know they will not be penalized by their superiors in cases where their misdemeanors are exposed. Hmm…perhaps these are not random misdeeds of overzealous small time operatives, that it, these officials are actually following directives from their superiors (who often feign surprise and ignorance when complaints are brought to their attention)…Saya yang menurut perintah

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