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National Security Council (NSC) Act : A Lurch Towards Authoritarian Government

August 1, 2016

Press Release (3 Dec 2015): The National Security Council Bill 2015 is a Lurch Towards an Authoritarian Government

This item has been updated since initial publication.

The Malaysian Bar is alarmed by the proposed National Security Council Bill 2015 (“the Bill”) that was tabled in the Dewan Rakyat on 1 December 2015 by Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Shahidan Kassim, and which is reportedly scheduled for its second reading today.  The basis for this new law is unclear, and the manner in which it is being rushed through the Dewan Rakyat is inexcusable.

The Bill is an insidious piece of legislation that confers and concentrates vast executive powers in a newly created statutory body called the National Security Council (“NSC”). (more…)

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47 Prominent Sabahans Open Letter Urging Govt to Act Against Islamic Extremism

April 8, 2015

Excerpt from Open Letter: WE, a group of concerned Malaysian citizens in Sabah, would like to express our deep concerns at the Government’s response to the violations of religious freedom occurring in the context of misguided and extreme actions undertaken in the implementation of what is claimed to be policies for the inculcation of Islamic values.

We speak against the violation of our fundamental right and freedom of religion that has been promised and guaranteed to the people of Sabah.

Upsetting judicial decisions, unclear Government policies and aggressiveness of certain parties in promoting restrictions to our freedom of religion have caused uneasiness to Sabahans.

In Sabah and particularly in the interior, aggressive Islamisation activities are being carried out by both covert and overt means to convert especially natives through intimidation, deception, or inducement particularly targeting remote and poor villagers.

We Sabahans know that at the heart of it all is an exercise to suppress the voice of the majority genuine non-Muslim Sabahans, and to degenerate our native population and our freedom of religion.

Government departments and religious bodies have been asserting authority beyond their powers for far too long and such unlawful and oppressive practices simply must cease immediately.

Extreme and misguided actions in the name of Islamisation and religious intolerance is nothing but a threat to our national peace and stability. (more…)

Kelantan Hudud Enactment Betrayal of Malaysia Agreement

March 27, 2015

PRESS STATEMENT

SABAH COUNCIL OF CHURCHES

 

Press Statement
Press Statement on Kelantans Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (amended 2015) passed by the Kelantan State Legislative Assembly on 19 March 2015 (“Kelantan’s Hudud Enactment”)

imagesSabah Council of Churches _Press Statement on Kelantans Hudud Enactment_27 March 2015

We acknowledge the aspirations of some of our Muslim brothers and sisters, who consider the implementation of Hudud laws as a divine duty. However, there appears to be a divergence of opinion among our Muslim brothers and sisters on the proper innterpretations of Hudud laws, on whether such implementation is a religious imperative and if so, on the manner of its implementation.

Given the severity of the corporal punishments provided under recent Kelantan’s Hudud Enactment, it has inevitably generated much controversies. Among them are the legal difficulties arising from the conflict of laws, double jeopardy, qualifications of witnesses, federal versus state jurisdiction over criminal laws, etc. Although the Hudud Enactment is presently stated to be only applicable to the Muslims, we feel duty bound to express the deep concerns and anxieties of the Christian community in Sabah, who in recent years have struggled to navigate the ambiguous and uncertain state of the law on religious freedom. (more…)

Bible Society Wants Selangor State Religious Authorities to Apologise for Desecrating Bible

December 7, 2014

Apologise for defiling holy books, Bible Society tells Selangor religious authorities. Excerpt from The Malaysian Insider 7 Dec 2014

The Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) is demanding an apology from the Selangor religious authorities over the “desecration” of Bibles which were stamped following their seizure earlier this year.

The move comes as The Malaysian Insider reported this morning that Christian leaders were furious that the Bahasa Malaysia and Iban-language Bibles were stamped with a warning (pic, below)  that they were not to be published or used anywhere in Selangor, prior to the release of the books to Sarawak Christians last month.
Bible Stamped by MAIS Dec 2014

[Note on the stamp – In English, it reads: “Strictly for non-Muslims usage only and shall not be published or used in any part of the state of Selangor pursuant to section 9 (1) Non-Islamic Religions (Control of Propagation Amongst Muslims) Enactment 1988”].
BSM president Bishop Datuk Ng Moon Hing said the stamping of the Bibles was contrary to Putrajaya’s assurance that such an incident would not recur, following a similar incident in 2011 in Sarawak.
“The incident has now recurred, this time perpetuated by the Selangor state religious officials. On both occasions, the Christian community has suffered the indignity of having its religious texts sullied and defiled,” Ng said in a statement. (more…)

Sabahans Slam their Christian leaders in Cabinet for Remaining Silent on Religious Issues

February 22, 2014

PRESS STATEMENT (22 Feb 2014) by Perpaduan Anak Negeri Sabah

Officiated by Bishop Datuk Cornelius Piong.

Precis: History tells us that on 1 August 1972, the then Chief Minister of Sabah, Tun Mustapha Harun announced the policy of unity under the USNO government as “one language, one culture, one religion” in Kota Kinabalu in the presence of the then Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman and his deputy Tun Razak Hussein.

The following year on 27 Sept 1973, the State Constitution of Sabah was amended to make Islam the religion of Sabah.

This is in gross violation of the 20-point agreement that Sabah insisted before consenting to confederate with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore to form Malaysia. The first point is that there should be complete freedom of religion in Sabah. We only agree to Islam being the religion of the Federation and not Sabah and that Malaysia is to be a secular country.

Today, after 42 years of the “one language, one culture, one religion” policy, the Anak Negeri has become restless wanderers and aliens worst that second -class citizens in our own land. This is our history, a history of a betrayed people. If we forget our history, we forfeit our destiny as a people called forth by God for His glory alone. (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…)

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…)

War Cry for Religious Freedom by Indigenous Christians in Sabah

December 28, 2013

Press Release by Perpaduan Anak Negeri Sabah (PAN)
28 Dec 2013

We call on Prime Minister Najib Razak to roll back extremism within Umno and the Islamic establishment. He has the choice to be a statesman or a jaguh kampung. He cannot be both…

Today, we are an oppressed race living under appalling apartheid conditions. Even the State Mufti has the audacity to call the rightful owners of the land, the Kadazandusun, an “invented” race. He should be sacked for such racist remarks yet he remains in office. This suggests he enjoys protection of the federal government.

Today, we have lost our God-given freedom in every sense of the word. We are not even allowed to refer to God as Allah in our liturgical language. Worst still, we are not even allowed to teach our children and their children about God, whom they know as Allah, the almighty creator of the universe and all that is in it… (more…)

UN Expert Urges Malaysia to Reverse Decision that Restricts Use of ‘Allah’ to Muslims

November 28, 2013

United Nation Office of Human Rights
Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights

UN expert urges Malaysia to reverse decision that restricts use of ‘Allah’ to Muslims LINK

GENEVA (25 November 2013) – The United Nations Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief, Heiner Bielefeldt, today urged the Government of Malaysia to reverse its decision to ban a Catholic publication from using the word ‘Allah’ to refer to God, warning that the case may have far-reaching implications for religious minorities in the country.

“Freedom of religion or belief is a right of human beings, not a right of the State,” Mr. Bielefeldt stressed. “It cannot be the business of the State to shape or reshape religious traditions, nor can the State claim any binding authority in the interpretation of religious sources or in the definition of the tenets of faith.” (more…)

Association of Churches in Sarawak Press Statement on Allah Issue

November 14, 2013

PRESS STATEMENT ON ALLAH ISSUE (13 November 2013)

ASSOCIATION OF CHURCHES IN SARAWAK

Christian Ecumenical Worship Centre, Kuching

The Bumiputera Church will continue to use the word “Allah” as it is the fundamental to all aspects of our profession and practice of our Christian faith.

As we have heard from the public forum today, and has been stated numerous times to the media by church leaders from both East and Peninsula Malaysia, the word “Allah” has been used or spoken by the native communities of Sarawak and Sabah for generations. “Allah” has been used long before the formation of Malaysia and is part of our native language. It is used in all aspects of Christian faith and practice by Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christian and other native speaking including in services, prayers praise, liturgy, worship and religious education. As such, it is reasonable to expect that the word also be used in our Christian publications and multi-media resources. (more…)