Breaking News: 7.45 am 8 January 2010
CHRISTIAN CHURCH TORCHED IN KUALA LUMPUR
A church in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur was firebombed early on Friday, gutting the first storey of the building in a residential area, amid a row over the use of the word "Allah" for the Christian God.The church was part of a group called "The Assembly of God".
"It is confirmed that Desa Melawati church was burnt, at about 12.25 am in the morning. There were no fatalities. We are investigating the incident and suspect foul play," said Kuala Lumpur Chief Police Officer Mohammad Sabtu Osman. Read here for more
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WEBSITE OF MALAYSIAN JUDGES HACKED AND DEFACED
The Malaysian Judiciary’s website was discovered hacked and defaced on Thursday night and its homepage substituted with a threat to not pursue the issue of the Catholic weekly the Herald’s use of the word “Allah.” The hacker also wrote: “Allah only restricted to Muslim only. Dont touch us as we dont touch you. Unless ....” It was followed by a threatening postscript at the bottom of the page “To the court, Brain know you postponed it but if you wise enough then you should drop it.” Read here for more
Umno has no confidence that the Malays are able to think. Umno thinks that the Malays are stupid and are easily fooled. Umno also feels that the Malays lack faith and are ignorant about Islam.
This means all it takes is for the Bible to use the word Allah and thousands of Malays would leave Islam and become Christians.
Why are the Umno Malays so outraged that the court has ruled in favour of the Bahasa Malaysia Bible using the word Allah for God?
Actually, it is not Bahasa Malaysia but Bahasa Indonesia as the Bibles are printed in Indonesia and imported into Malaysia.
Anyway, Umno is planning a demonstration tomorrow to protest the court decision. I feel they should organise this protest in front of the Indonesian Embassy considering that Indonesia is the main culprit here.
Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world and yet it allows the Christians to confuse Muslims (as alleged by Umno) by allowing the Bible to use Allah for God. (Actually Indonesia is not a Muslim country since it upholds secularism but rather the country has the largest Muslim population).
The Indonesian language Bibles use the word Allah for God only because the Indonesian government allows it. So Indonesia and not the Christians are to be blamed here.
And therefore Umno should demonstrate in front of the Indonesian Embassy to express their outrage.
Umno feels that the Malays are not as clever as the Arabs. So, while the Arabs of all religions use the same word, Allah, for God, this must NOT be allowed in the Malay/Indonesian language Bible.
And if the Malays are fooled into thinking that both the Christians and Muslims share the same God then the Malays might leave Islam and convert to Christianity.
The Umno Malays are outraged because they suspect that the Christians have a hidden agenda. And this hidden agenda is to confuse Muslims into thinking that the God for the Christians is the same God as for the Muslims.
Umno, however, feels that the Malays are not as clever as the Arabs. So the Christians should not also call their God Allah, never mind that the Arab Jews and Christians also use Allah for God. You see, the Arab Muslims are not stupid enough to become confused and fooled into thinking that Jews, Christians and Muslims share the same God -- and therefore would leave Islam to become a Jew or Christian.
Umno wants to ban Bibles from using the word Allah to prevent apostasy. Umno feels that this may instead confuse the Malays and turn them into apostates.
If Umno is genuinely concerned about apostasy amongst Muslims, then come out with laws to make it illegal for Muslims to leave Islam -- like many other Muslim countries.
Since, according to Umno, the Malays are not capable of thinking and can get easily fooled into leaving Islam, then, for the sake of the Malays, make it a crime to leave Islam.
I dare Umno to do this to show that they are sincere and genuinely concerned about the welfare of the Malay Muslims. Then it does not matter any longer if Bibles use the word Allah for God because any Malay who leaves Islam because of it will be put to death.
Would any Malay who reads the Bible dare become confused and leave Islam when death will be what they face if they do?
Okay, maybe the Quran does say that there is only one God, Allah -- the God of all mankind. Maybe the Quran also says that all followers of Moses and followers of Jesus who follow the way (adeen) of Abraham are the true submitters (meaning Muslim). Maybe Jews, Christians and Muslims are regarded as followers of Abraham’s way and that the three religions are referred to as the Abrahamic faith that share the same God.
But this knowledge and understanding is only for learned people.
And Umno does not feel that the Malays are learned enough to understand this.
-Raja Petra Kamarudin
Tengku Razaleigh (Ku Li) Says an INTOLERANT UMNO is Fanning RACIAL Sentiments
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Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li) UMNO was bent on fanning communal sentiment and digging itself into an intolerant hardline position with no parallel in the Muslim world.
He also suggested that racially-based parties should NO longer be allowed to contest elections in multiracial Malaysia.
Speaking in Singapore today at the ISEAS regional outlook forum, his scathing remarks comes as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak shored up Umno and the government’s position over the Allah controversy by backing the right of Muslim groups to hold a public demonstration tomorrow.
Tengku Razaleigh suggested today that the rejection of Umno and the Barisan Nasional (BN) communal politics model by large swathes of voters in Election 2008 had led to UMNO to pursue racial issues more stridently.
Tengku Razaleigh said in his luncheon address:
“They (UMNO) think this will shore up their ’base’. They are mistaken about the nature of that base.
As they do so, they become more extreme and out of touch with ordinary voters of every race and religion whose major concerns are not racial or religious identity but matters such as corruption, security, the economy and education.
In a milestone moment, PAS, the Islamic party, is holding onto the more plural and moderate position while Umno is digging itself into an intolerant hard-line position that has NO parallel that I know of in the Muslim world.
Umno is fanning communal sentiment, and the government it leads is taking up policy lines based on ‘sensitivities’ rather than principle. The issue appears to be more about racial sentiment than religious, let alone constitutional principles.
Umno’s response to the “Allah controversy" is short of leadership and moral fibre.
Sensitivities is the favoured resort of the gutter politician. With it he raises a mob, fans its resentment and helps it discover a growing list of other sensitivities. This is a road to ruin.
A nation is made up of citizens bound by a shared conception of justice and not of mobs extracting satisfaction for politicised emotional states.
This is what government sounds like when a political system and its leadership have come unstuck from the rule of law. It goes from issue to issue, hostage to the brinksmanship of sensitivities.
Small matters threaten to erupt into racial conflict.
The government of a multiracial society that cannot rise above sentiment is clearly too weak or too self-interested to hold the country together.
It has lost credibility and legitimacy. The regime is in crisis.”
- Tengku Razaleigh