Brother Anwar Bin Brahim challenging the Federal Constitution and Agong’s decree

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim used the church as a political platform and pandered into the anti-Constitutionalist minority’s game, as a systematic provocation against the Federal Constitution, Selangor Constitution, the sensitivities of the Malay-Muslim majority and decree of His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong.

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Anwar impresses congregation during visit to Holy Family church in Kajang

BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
FEBRUARY 16, 2014

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaking at the hall of the Holy Family church in Kajang. –  The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli, February 16, 2014.Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim speaking at the hall of the Holy Family church in Kajang. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Najjua Zulkefli,

February 16, 2014.Rebuffed by keepers of his own faith when he tried to preach at a mosque last month, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was welcomed with open arms at the church of the Holy Family in Kajang after the English and Mandarin masses today.

Parish priest Father George Harrison welcomed the opposition leader as “our brother” before he gave the floor to Anwar, who vowed the 1,200-strong crowd with his 25-minute speech on various issues.

But it was Anwar’s bold and direct approach to answering the questions from the congregation that impressed the crowd.

When he was asked about his stand on the religious issues currently affecting the country and the rights of Bahasa Malaysia-speaking Christians to use the word Allah, Anwar said that even international Muslim scholars thought it was a subject unworthy of debate.

“When I asked an international scholar about it, he asked me what kind of question that was.

“I told him it was Umno’s question, so he explained that Muslims recite five times a day: “Praise be to Allah, Lord of Heaven and Earth.

“So, if Allah is Lord for the entire universe, how can there be limitations?” Anwar pointed out.

He also stressed that for Umno, the Allah issue  was clearly not about faith.

“If it was, then their stand must be binding on all. But in this case they are saying Sabah and Sarawak can use the word but not in the peninsula,” Anwar said to loud cheers.

He then joked that this meant that a person who boarded a flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur will say “Insyallah I’m going to KL” when he gets on the flight but when he lands, he will have to say “Alhamdu Lord”.

Anwar’s meeting of the Catholics at the Holy Family church hall comes amidst religious tension between Muslims and Christians which was reignited last year when the Court of Appeal had ruled in October that the Catholic weekly Herald could not use the word Allah in its publication.

The church is appealing the decision.

Herald had won a High Court decision in January 2009 that had overturned the Home Ministry’s ban on the use of the word Allah in its publication.

The Selangor Islamic Religious Department (Jais) further stoked the tension when it raided The Bible Society of Malaysia’s premises in early January and seized more than 300 Bibles, including the Bup Kudus, because they contained the word “Allah”.

The term Allah is used by Christians who worship in Bahasa Malaysia and Iban, such as those in Sabah and Sarawak.

Two-thirds of Malaysia’s 2.9 million Christians are from Sabah and Sarawak.

Mindful of the possible consequences of his visit to the Holy Family Church, Anwar said if Umno-controlled media would use his church visit against him, they should take note that he had been speaking at churches since his activist days in the Malaysian Islamic Youth Movement (Abim) in the 1970s.

He added that he continued giving his views at church events even as a government minister.

“So to the Umno-controlled media here, note that I have been going to church, I’m here now, and Insyallah,I will continue to do so.”

In an obvious response to critics who had chided him for standing as an assemblyman, after he was once acting prime minister, Anwar admitted that he had gone from one extreme to the other and his experiences would help him.

“I was right up there as acting PM and then went to prison, so I’m wiser and have benefited from all my life’s experiences,” he said.

Anwar’s visit to the Holy Family church is part of his meet-the-people programme ahead of the Kajang by-election, which he is contesting as a PKR candidate.

His “rock star” appeal was obvious with parishioners excitedly waiting for nearly three hours to catch him in action.

When Anwar appeared just before noon, there was thunderous applause and everybody tried to capture the moment with the cameras on their handphones.

The multi-purpose hall was packed, with many having to stand.

Dressed smartly in a light pink striped shirt and brown pants, the crowd cheered when Anwar spoke about how he had brought international fame to Kajang.

“The international media mentioned me in their news, saying that my decision to stand here in ‘Kay Jang’ shocked my friends and foes,” he said to rapturous applause.

Beaming from ear to ear, a 72-year old parishioner, who wants to be known only as Alex, said: “I have heard him speak many times, and I wouldn’t want to miss this.

“We totally support him and want to hear what he has to say, especially on the Allah issue,” he added.

Alex said that during the 8.30am mass, their priest had told the congregation to welcome the opposition leader as “he is our brother”.

Alex said that to address the concern among a small group of parishioners who  had questioned the wisdom of allowing Anwar to speak at their parish for fear of a backlash from Muslim extremists,  Harrison had told his congregation “not to be afraid”.

“I believe the church’s stand is to accept everybody, so even if it was an Umno politician who wanted to speak in our church, we are not going to say no,” Alex said.

Debbie, a housewife, agreed, saying that she and her friends were eager to hear Anwar’s plans.

“As Christians we are taught never to resort to violence, and we stick to that.

“But the country needs a change of political power because what we want is unity not just in talk, but in action.”

Another parishioner Andrew Loh agreed, saying that Christians were concerned over the Allah issue and wanted to hear what Anwar had to say about it.

“The Allah case is in court because that is the only avenue for us. As Debbie said, we will not resort to violence, but it is our right to go to court,” he said.

Bernard, 45, agreed, saying that the case was about principles and the “rights of Christians”.

Marcel, 50, said he fully backed Anwar as Selangor menteri besar as it was necessary for the latter to get back into mainstream politics.

Also present were Centre for Reform, Democracy and Social Initiatives director Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara and PKR deputy president Azmin Ali.

Others include his party colleagues comprising Subang MP R.Sivarasa, Batu MP Tian Chua, Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming,Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, PKR vice president Datuk Chua Jui Meng.

The Election Commission has set March 23 as the polling date for the Kajang by-election, the country’s third since the general election last May, while nomination is on March 11.

Early voting has been fixed for March 19.

PKR”s Lee Chin Cheh won the Kajang state seat in Election 2013 with a 6,824-vote majority in the constituency that is 48% Malay, 41% Chinese and 10% Indian.

Lee had garnered 19,571 votes followed by Lee Ban Seng of the BN with 12,747 votes. Mohamad Ismail of Berjasa obtained 1,014 votes.

The three independent candidates who contested the seat were Mohd Iwan Jefrey Abdul Majib (249 votes), Ong Yan Foo (85 votes) and Mohd Khalid Kassim (83 votes).

The latest to indicate his intention to contest the seat is former minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

Zaid is the third independent candidate with former PKR links to join the Kajang by-election, after Anwar’s former tennis partner Senator Datuk S. Nallakarupan and Anwar’s former legal assistant Yuktes Vijay.

The Barisan Nasional has yet to indicate its choice of candidate but MCA vice-president Datuk Paduka Chew Mei Fun is widely tipped to be the party’s choice. – February 16, 2014.

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It is grossly insulting as four week ago in Alor Setar commemorating his 88th birthday, His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV explicitly state that “Allah is exclusively for Muslims only” and cited the 1986 National Fatwa Council decree on the matter.

Anwar is manipulating the circumstance as the controversy had never been about using bibles in Malay language for Sabah and Sarawak. It was when Catholic Church publication The Herald was banned by Home Ministry from using kalimah “Allah” in the Malay edition, editor Father Lawrence Andrew took the Home Minister and the Federal Government to court.

The matter affecting the Christians pertaining kalimah “Allah” controversy was actually discussed when National Fatwa Council met for the 82nd time 5-7 May 2008 and decreed that “Allah is exclusively for the Muslims”. The matter has been explained over and over again, which include Malaysian Islamic scholars and experts.

Look how Anwar deflected the kalimah “Allah” issue:

What Anwar would not admit publicly especially to an audience comprises of mainly Non Malays is that there is no reason for bibles in Malay language is made available in Semenanjung Malaysia as the Malays, who are the majority in this part of Malaysia are Muslims. Except for the purpose to prosetylising Christianity to the Malays.

That, has been proven happening in Semenanjung which include Selangor. Even HRH Sultan Selangor Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah Ibni Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah as the Constitutional Head of Islam and patron for JAIS acknowledges this fact, in the case of the JAIS raid on Damansara Utama Methodist Church on 3 August 2011.

Former Selangor Exco for Religious Affairs and Selangor PAS Commissioner Dato’ Dr Hassan Ali also attested to the fact that “Churches have specific units to prosetylise Muslims”. This repeated challenge was never refuted by Anwar.

After High Court Judge Lau Bee Lian awarded the judgment to the plaintiffs on January 2009, the case was appealed by the defendants. On 14 October 2013, Court of Appeal unanimously over-turned the judgment and awarded to case to the appellants.

The PKR Adviser also defied the several provisions enshrined in the Federal Constitution pertaining to position of Islam such as Articles 3(1) where Islam as the Religion of the Federation of Malaysia and prohibition to prosetylise Christianity to Muslims such as in Article 11(4) and the 1988 Selangor Enactment on the Propagation of Non Islamic Religion to Muslims.

Supporting the Catholic Church’s quest to use kalimah “Allah” especially in the context of a Malay-Muslim majority areas such as in Semenanjung Malaysia is violating the law and challenging if not provocating into the sensitivities of the Malays, which include HRH Rulers as the Constitutional Head of Islam.

HRH Sultan Selangor Tuanku Sultan Sharafuddin already sounded out in two titahs on the “Allah is exclusive for Muslims only and Non Muslims are prohibited from using it”. His Royal Highness also cited the Selangor Religious Council Fatwa, gazetted in 2010.

There is no need for the game of global interpretations on kalimah “Allah” as the demarcation is very clear. Islam is the religion of the Federation of Malaysia and it is enshrined in the Federal Constitution is the initial bit where the Federation of Malaysia is defined.

The sanctity of Islam in Malaysia shall take precedence whenever there is a dispute. It is one of the fundamental basis when this nation is born. It is one of the points where Tunku Abdul Rahman obtained the agreement of HRH Rulers for the soon to be given birth new nation called Federation of Malaya to be ruled under the Constitutional Monarchy system.

Article 3.1 & 3.2 of the Federal Constitution

Article 3.1 & 3.2 of the Federal Constitution

The rule of law provided that this political circus stunt in Holy Family church in Kajang, should warrant that Anwar be arrested and investigated under Sedition Act.

Make no mistake about this development. This political circus stunt by Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim is actually more than meets the eye. It is the evidence that he is a political stooge of DAP, which is flexing its muscle in Selangor and demonstrating to the Chinese that Anwar is a very obedient political and takes ‘instruction’ well.

It is also a test whether the Federal Government is willing to put aside political expediency, in the name of righteousness upholding the Federal Constitution.

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  2. Surely these are strong considerations for Sultan Selangor not to give his assent if Anwar is nominated as MB. Anwar is clearly going against the Sultan’s decree on the kalimah Allah.

    Meanwhile, Zaid Ibrahim has come out supporting Khalid Ibrahim who is adamant in staying on as MB. Zaid said he is contesting against Anwar because he wants “principled politics”, hitting at Anwar’s unprincipled politics, wanting to remove Khalid Ibrahim in an unacceptable manner, splitting and weakening PKR that might bring the downfall of Pakatan Rakyat government in Selangor, like PR government in Perak and Kedah have fallen.

    He thinks his chances of winning are brighter than Anwar’s. Khalid has his own supporters, PAS not too happy with no consultation on the so-called Kajang Move and might want to nominate their candidate if Anwar wins and wants to be MB. Sure many PAS supporters are not happy with Anwar on the kalimah Allah issue – the Dewan Ulama of PAS never was. Interesting that it has been relatively quiet on the Hadi front since the “Kajang Move”.

  3. WHILE IN ABIM TALK ABOUT ISLAM, CHAMPIONOF ISLAM.
    WHILE IN UMNO TALK ANOUT MALAYS, THE MALAY RIGHTS.
    WHILE IN PKR TALK ABOUT EVERYTHING….LIBERALISM, PLURALISM, LGBT, EQUAL RIGHTS ETC ETC……..KACANGPUTIH ADA, KACANG HITAM PUN ADA….
    YANG TERBAIK UNTUK JADI PERDANA MENTRI PUTAR ALAM…..

    • Sori, takda jawatan PERDANA MENTRI PUTAR ALAM. Maybe dia boleh kadi PERDANA MENTERI SEMALAM.

      Semalam = yesterday. Or semalam dengan China Doll hilang Omega. Atau semalam dengan Saiful. Atau dengan Rafizi – orang kata Rafizi pun jambu di MCKK.

      Jahanam negara kalau Anwar jadi PM Malaysia. Separyh di jualnya kpd Yahudi Zionis. Yang lain dia jual kapada Kristian dll. Awasi lah, wahai pengundi Kajang.

  4. Its amazing how this man of too many cravings of un-halal traits and trappings could fool too many people, too many times, spread over 40 years.

    Even the Mighty Dr Mahathir.

    Anwar As-Sodomy is the greatest actor cum greatest salesman ever. He sold too many lemons and dead herrings to so many people.

    Yet, he is still in business despite all his victims’ stories surfacing as a daily diet.

    Makes him a great illusionist too!

    • Pndai pandai tupai melompat, akhirnya jatuh juga ke tanah.

      Dah jatuh ke dalam penjara Sg Buluh satu kali. Mungkin kali ini jatuh di Kajang. BN lawan dia, Khalid Ibrahim lawan dia, Zaid Ibrahim lawan dia, PAS pun desas desus nak lawan dia.

      Tuhan punya segala kuasa. Manusia pun ramai yang nak gulingkan dia.

      Moral of he story: jangan main sebat saja, takda perinsip. Bini kawan setia Azmin Ali pun dia sebat – bukan kah adik Azmin, Hafilda ada kata begitu? Ini si Khalid Ibrahim pun dia nak sebat. Dari belakang – tak cara berterus terang.

  5. This comment should be in the previous post comment section. But pls allow me to put it in here as readers may not go to that post again to read:

    Kota Belud MP and Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Rahman Dahlan says it’s seditious to suggest that Sabah and Sarawak secede

    He also dismissed claims by Monash University Malaysia academician James Chin that a slight majority of East Malaysians wished to cede from the country.

    “That is a very seditious statement because under the 20-point agreement signed by both parties (Federation of Malaya, and Sabah and Sarawak in 1963), secession is considered treason under Malaysian law.

    “Therefore, we cannot secede from Malaysia,” he said, adding that Chin’s statement was far off the mark in both states.

    “As Barisan Nasional secretary in Sabah, never have I come across anyone who had presented their grievances and suggested secession of the state as a solution.”

    Now I want to respectfully say to the Police: Please arrest that Chin Monash University fellow under the Sedition Act. This sort of subversive and seditious acts must not be allowed to go on. Nip them in the bud. Show to others that nobody can do that and allowed to go scotch free – it’ll embolden others to do so and it’s not good for the country.

    • Is the Hon MP for Kota Belud a practiising lawyer who is well-versed in Constitutional Law?

      • Are you one? Do you know the law at all?

        Non-Constitutional lawyer or a non-lawyer cannot speak out against seditious blokes? What then is the role of the Courts?

        And do you know who is the highest authority on Constitutional law? Not he experts but the Federal Court Judges who may hear the “testimony” of the real Constitutional law experts.

        And you know who are real, who are not real experts? We can talk another time. .

  6. I wonder what Najib will tell Obama when the latter comes here later this year?

    No doubt Obama will have a thick “briefing book” on Malaysia – with all the latest intel from the US Embassy in KL and the networks of the CIA and NSA spooks. So he will be up to speed on “developments” in Malaysia.

    And Pope Francis will be visiting the region later this year. Reports say that his itinerary will include visits to Sri Lanka and the Philippines.

    This is a Pope who believes in going back to the basics of the Christian-Catholic faith and who believes fervently in the evangelizing mission of the Church.

    See how the threads are being drawn?

    So, it may be wishful thinking to believe that the Church in Malaysia (in this case the Catholic Church) can be browbeaten or bullied into submission.

    Not when there is a worldwide audience that can be clued in up-to-date.

    • And what do you expect Obama and the Pope will do? Run down the PM of Malaysia or those who say that, in this country, the kalimah Allah is only for Muslims – never mind in other countries.

      Malaysia has a Constitution, the highest set of laws in any democratic country, and other laws enacted pursuant to what are said in the Constitution – that are different from other countries. They jolly well have to mind their own business, otherwise we will mind theirs, too. Ever heard of smaller countries minding bigger countries? E.g Cuba and US? Though we have no intention of being problematic to others, others should no be so to us.

      And what “threads are being drawn”? Spider threads, cobwebs? You ever heard of national sovereignty and the right of individual nations to pursue democracy within the confines of their historical background, their deliberately drafted, democratically debated and openly adopted Constitution?

      You being nasty, eh? Talking about “the evangelizing mission of the Church” (without even explaining what you mean) and “the Catholic Church) can be browbeaten or bullied into submission” – what the hell do you mean, anyway?

      You have no respect for the law, the Court? The case is before the Appeal Court, innit? .Writing innuendos and inviting similar or tougher response, eh? No, we won’t play your game. I’ll stop at the above. You make out whether it’s a tougher response to your comment than your comment on the others earlier on.

  7. “He then joked that this meant that a person who boarded a flight from Kuching to Kuala Lumpur will say “Insyallah I’m going to KL” when he gets on the flight but when he lands, he will have to say “Alhamdu Lord”.”

    Since when a kafir use Insyallah?


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