Archive for the ‘Conversions’ Category

Forced Conversion: Sarawak’s Christians Will not Keep Quiet, BUT…

November 9, 2015

Christians in Sabah and Sarawak have been complaining about  surreptitious conversion of Christian natives for twenty over years, but to no avail. Islamic proselytizing and conversion of Christians have become more flagrant than ever. Perhaps, the authorities perceive that many Christian natives, especially those in the rural areas, will not go beyond complaining (or groaning) as poverty renders them vulnerable to inducement that accompanies conversion to Islam. Indeed, some natives may not mind their children converting to Islam when they marry a Muslim as this would open opportunities for social mobility and uplift.

It is a matter of great urgency that pastors and community leaders work together to confront and contain Islamic proselytization. This would require:

1) Systematic and comprehensive Christian education to build up the faith of believers, especially Christian parents whose children are targeted when they attend the tadika-taska (Islamic kindergarten-nursery) set up government agencies.
2) Initiatives in economic empowerment that include assisting economic micro-enterprises, organizing economic cooperatives among the Christian villages, and creating SMEs that would provide jobs for the semi-rural Christians.
3) Mobilizing churches and NGOs to hold their wakil-wakil rakyat  accountable for their failure to prevent conversion to Islam through economic inducement.

The Christian natives are literally overwhelmed by Islamic proselytization programs that are funded by vast government resources. Will Peninsular Malaysian Christians readily share resources with their besieged brethren as they face an unprecedented threat to the existence of the East Malaysian church?

To read the full article go to: Krisis & Praxis – 8 Nov 2015

Forced Conversion: Sarawak Christians Will Not Keep Quiet

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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…)

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…)

Judge Rules Civil Court Superior to Syariah

May 30, 2014

Malaysiakini 20 May 2014
The civil High Court has a higher jurisdiction than the syariah court on the religious dispute of a spouse who does not convert to Islam, the High Court in Ipoh ruled today.
In giving convert father K Pathmanathan @ Muhammad Ridhuan Abdullah one week to return his six-year-old daughter to the non-Muslim mother, M Indira Gandhi, the court also found the father guilty of contempt.

Judge Lee Swee Seng said failure to hand over the child would require the police to enforce a warrant of arrest on Pathmanathan for committing contempt and not abiding by the court order.

Reading out his two-and-a-half hour judgment, Justice Lee said the supervisory jurisdiction of the civil High Court is based on the fact that a syariah court decision cannot bind a non-Muslim party in a marriage.

He said the country practises secular law under which the civil High Court has unlimited jurisdiction and is superior in nature to the syariah court. (more…)

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…)

New Law Will Take Away Your Children in the Name of Religion

June 28, 2013

First they took away our economic equal rights. We meekly agreed. Then they insidiously chipped away our religious rights. We weakly complained. Now they want to take away our children by unconstitutional legislation. NOW WE MUST PROTEST VEHEMENTLY!

MCCBCHST Media Statement

The Malaysian Consultative  Council Of Buddhism, Christianity,  Hinduism, Sikhism  and Taoism  (MCCBCHST)  vehemently  objects  to  some  provisions  found  in  the  RANG  UNDANG-UNDANG PENTADBIRAN  AGAMA  ISLAM  (WILAYAH-WILAYAH  PERSEKUTUAN)  2013 tabled  in Parliament  for  its  first  reading  on  26 June  2013  as they  affect  the  Non-Muslims.  The  Bill  under disguise  of lslamic  Laws  is  unilaterally  trying  to  alter the  Federal  Constitution by  translating  the  word “parent”  in  the  Federal  Constitution  to  mean  “lbu  atau Bapa”  as  opposed  to  “lbubapa”. (more…)

State-Sponsored Covert Conversions Unbeknownst to Bumiputra Christian Victims

November 4, 2012

The Malaysian government has been implementing public policies that incrementally restrict non-Muslims from profession their faith. It seems that it now goes further by professing faith on behalf of Christian natives (Bumiputra Christians) in Sabah. (more…)

Islamic Injustice: Snatching and Unilateral Conversion of Child

November 16, 2010

I noted in my last blog that the leading judge in the Malaysia’s Highest Court facetiously commented that it is not right if any party gains an unfair advantage in a court dispute. He added, “The Federal Court said it cannot adopt a “fugitive doctrine of heads I win, tails you lose” in deciding the basic rights for either parent.”

Well said indeed. Unfortunately, we are not convinced of the sincerity of such rhetoric (regardless of whether it comes from the top judge or the de facto Law Minister) so long as non-Muslims continue to suffer unfair disadvantage (an euphemism actually) in their legal disputes with Muslim (converts). (more…)

Top Court Throws Out Hindu Mother’s Conversion Challenge

November 14, 2010

Malaysia’s highest court (the Federal Court) abdicated its duty to exercise sound and courageous moral judgment when it relied on technicality and rejected an application by a Hindu mother (Shamala) to the Court to rule against her husband’s unilateral conversion of her children to Islam. (more…)

Forced Conversion of Children to Islam

April 22, 2009

Anguished mom knocks on PM’s door
S Pathmawathy |Malaysiakini Apr 17, 09 2:09pm LINK

Her three young children were forcefully converted to Islam by her estranged husband. And M Indira Ghandi is taking her plight straight to the doorstep of the Prime Minister’s Office.

Calling on newly-minted Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to explain the matter, the 35-year-old kindergarten teacher said: “He talks about an united Malaysia. But what does this mean when only the Muslims have rights.” (more…)