Making Christianity the official religion?

Partying pastors or pastors doing the party do and vow to have a Christian as Malaysian Prime Minister?

The recent victory of racially charged attempt in Sarawak has brought forth a new confidence level for the Chinese Chauvinist DAP. Now that they have tasted blood, they are wanting more. This time, it is much much more.

It is believed that DAP Jelutong organised a feast which was attended by pastors who served in Sarawak, which include foreigners. An MP was said to have attended, along with some party workers. In attendance is also Chinese Chauvinist DAP ADUN from Sarawak. During the Sarawak State Election, the Al Kitab issue was one of the major sensitive point the DAP played over and over everywhere where they were campaigning. None other than Chinese Chauvinist DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng also blatantly questioning why Malay bible is not allowed in Semenanjung, with a provocative overtone.

Amongst the interesting moments that was said during the evening do was when the 35 pastors stood in a circle and said to have taken a vow to make Christian the official religion of the Federation of Malaysia and the Prime Minister also a Christian.

It is expected that 1,700 pastors would hold a special convention the whole day today in a hotel in Penang and there would be a special meeting at Khaw Sim Bee Road, Georgetown, tonight. Expected in the agenda is the flavour of pondering into having a Christian brother as the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

This translate to unseating the Malay Prime Minister, who represent majority of the population.

Chinese Chauvinist DAP controlled Penang is actively organising programs for the purpose of propaganda and these recently victorious comrades from Sarawak are brought in as their guests of honour. These developments are very dangerous and they are now ‘charging’ their politics with the cry of changing the Leadership from a Muslim to a Christian.

For the Chinese Chauvinist DAP to embark on a very sensitive approach of ‘changing’ the Prime Minister on the religious node for a political propaganda is definitely taking the strategy of their Chinese Chauvinist politics into a different and highly explosive level. This should be construed as nothing less than seditious, if not subversive.

The Malays are the majority. And almost all Malays are Muslim. The Chinese is a minority, with only 26% of the citizen. The Christians amongst the Chinese makes them a smaller minority for Malaysians. For these minority to be ambitious enough to have a vow of pledge to one day put a Christian as the Prime Minister and make Christianity the official religion of the Federation of Malaysia is a blatant demonstration of ‘minority playing the majority role’ and having a political aspiration with total disregard for the majority.

This confidence level is thought to be much higher as compared to the post May 1969 General Elections where victorious Chinese Chauvinists DAP trot around strategic places in Kuala Lumpur with brooms asking the Malays to “Balik kampung, tanam jagung!“. That sparked the bloody racial riot on the evening of 13 May 1969.

This is a new level of ‘minority playing the majority role’ politics, on top of the strategy of the ‘politics of hatred’ the Chinese Chauvinist DAP is playing. It is threading on very dangerous line indeed.

*Updated Sunday 8 May 2011 1000am

These Sunday Notes by Shamsul Akmar Musa Kamal challenges Opposition Leaders especially Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim to go after Utusan Malaysia for quoting the blogs. It also serves as a good reminder to zealots:

A chance to bury our differences

By Shamsul Akmar

THE phrase “over my dead body” is now making the rounds in blogosphere.

Made famous by DAP chairman Karpal Singh more than a decade ago to underscore his aversion to Pas’ pursuit of an Islamic state, the phrase recently returned to Karpal’s lap.

Kota Baru member of parliament Datuk Wan Abdul Rahim Wan Abdullah’s use of the phrase was not in defence of Pas’ goal of an Islamic state or the religion but, instead, to defend Karpal from attacks.
It may sound weird or far-fetched for a Pas politician to “offer” his life to defend someone who is against the formation of an Islamic state, but politics is stranger than fiction.

The current controversy over the phrase is about opposition to religious incongruity, similar to what Karpal had raised.

Simply put, if Karpal was prepared to put his life on the line to oppose the setting up of an Islamic state, there are those in blogosphere who are ready to do the same if there are attempts to supplant Islam with Christianity as the official religion of the country.
Several blogs had reported that a group of pastors who attended a Jelutong DAP dinner had pledged to make Christianity the country’s official religion and get a Christian to become prime minister.

Utusan Malaysia picked up on the reports and ensured that they became a national issue, attracting responses from across the political divide.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, however, was defensive.
Instead of determining if the “congregation to make Christianity an official religion” had really been held, he lambasted the report, saying that it had been manipulated by the newspaper and Umno.

He reproduced, in his blog, a joint statement by opposition leaders on Sept 8, 2008, which affirmed their commitment to the Constitution, including upholding the position of Islam as the official religion of Malaysia.

However, the issue remains: did the pastors make the pledge?

Secondly, if Anwar and opposition leaders were sure that the incident did not occur, surely they could have asked bloggers and Utusan to prove the authenticity of the report.

People’s scepticism about media reports won’t let them believe the incident without proof.

They can also vilify newspaper and bloggers to no end and that, too, is not something Anwar and the opposition are unfamiliar with.

However, what if there is truth to it?

Again, neither Anwar nor opposition leaders need to be upset about such an idea as it may have originated from zealots who, in the name of the religion, were prepared to undermine the Constitution.

If Anwar and opposition leaders are also jealously defending the Constitution, they, too, would want to get to the bottom of the issue and expose these zealots, if they existed.

Also, Christian leaders would want to denounce these zealots and condemn them for attempting to undermine the Constitution.

They would have no choice because if they didn’t, they would incur the wrath of the government, Anwar and the opposition.

In fact, this is one issue that will bring together those from different political parties.

There is a precedent. When the al-Maunah extremist group committed an act of terror in 2000, all politicians condemned the group and many distanced themselves from the group and denied any association with it.

Zealots are zealots. They lurk in all corners, waiting for the opportunity to spread their tentacles.

Even though these windows of opportunities, real or perceived, are created by events or encouraged by political posturing, the fact remains that they have no place when good sense prevails.

The question is whether good sense will prevail.

Or, given the fact that everything that moves is tied up in politics, then each suggestion will probably be twisted, even when the sanctity of the constitution and the position of religion in the country are in jeopardy.

If political considerations and political gains are of essence, then zealots need not lurk in the dark.

They can come out and choose the side that best serves their interests.

That being the case, there’s nothing surprising if more politicians challenge opponents to walk over their dead bodies.

This issue, if not resolved quickly, will emit a terrible stench.

Read more: A chance to bury our differences

*Updated Monday 9 May 2011 300pm

So much attention and emotions transpired from this posting. Please read Another Brick in the Wall’s analysis on everyone seeming missing the plot!

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