Me too, just like the other christian followers in this country, am sad and wonder why the government agency that is responsible to take action against the two(2) culprits until now has not making any move yet.
What a double standard. Our forefather concerns when asked and gave their opinions by the Cubbold Commission 45 years go, before Sarawak joining Malaya together with Singapore and Sabah to form-up Malaysia , today their concerns have became reality.
St Luke church in Sri Aman Sarawak , was destroyed by fire almost 10 years ago but until now the church has not been rebuilt as there was no fund allocated by the government. Let's see if the small mosque or surau destroy by fire, I believe the next morning Taib Mahmud will come out with more than enough fund to rebuild the bigger mosque....What a 1Malaysia ?
Thousands of Iban embraced Islam and since then had distant themselves from their parents and other family members. The reasons because they cannot use the same crockeries and cuttleries that have been used to cook non halal foods by their parents or family members.What a 1Malaysia?
Lets look back at the two Al-Islam journalists that trespassed into Catholic church. Their stories were published by Al-Islam of May 2009, with the headlines; Mencari kesahihan remaja Melayu murtad, pages 28-30.The two journalists consumed the “Holy Communion” and spat out the sacred host. They humiliated the Catholics by having it photographed and its image published in the monthly Al-Islam. This is a violation of Christians in Malaysia and challenges the nation's Federal Constitution.
Is Malaysia a secure land where all religions can practice their religion in peace and tranquility? Will the police (PDRM) and AG’s chambers bring those Muslims to court? As guardians of just laws will they carry out their noble task and honour the Law of our nation Malaysia? This desecration speaks against the 1Malaysia project of the Prime Minister.From the very beginning of the Church, the Fathers of the Church and approved theologians have addressed the Church’s serious concern that due respect be paid to the Most Blessed Sacrament, that souls not fall into the sin of sacrilege by receiving the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily.Those Muslims who have desecrated the Sacred Host have just done that — received the Body and Blood of Christ unworthily.This is a very serious offence to our Christian Faith, and we the christians from all churches support the efforts of Sudhagaran Stanley and Joachim Francis Xavier for their courageous stand in highlighting this sacrilegious act of certain Muslims.
In my today posting , I would like to republished an open letter from Martin Jaleh which was posted in 7th Ranger on 15th July 2009.
An Open Letter to Al-Islam Journalists "Spy"
The church was not converting Muslims but instead was holding the First Holy Communion Mass (one of the rites of initiation to the faith) for 98 Catholic children, many of whom were traumatised by the sight of a threatening mob. Imagine the very unfortunate impression the young Catholics would have got of Islam and of Muslims.
The mufti who had proven to be more of a misfit, was not man enough to own up. He blamed it on an SMS sent out by a woman! Why no action was taken against the mufti, and why the authorities remained mute (on both occasions) over his “mischief” remains but a mystery. You must have been motivated by the mufti.If indeed the Catholic Church has the conversion of Muslims as its hidden agenda, it would surely have started converting hundreds or even thousands of impressionable young Muslims through its Catholic Mission schools which have existed for as long as 100 years, But no such thing has ever happened.
The Muslim classmates and friends that I had in St Michael’s Ipoh are still good and respected Muslims today, and such was their appreciation and respect for the La Salle Brothers that they made sure that their children in turn would attend a La Salle school or a Convent!SacrilegiousSadly, your disrespect knew no bounds.
You chose to abandon all human and religious decency with impunity as a journalist and a Muslim. Under pretense of being a Catholic you participated in the church service and even partook of the Holy Communion (a white and sacred wafer) strictly meant only for Catholics.
You consumed the white wafer which Catholics hold as very sacred and treat with utmost reverence, and both of you spat out the remnants, photographed it and published the picture in an article entitled "Tinjaun Al Islam Dalam Gereja:Mencari Kesahihan Remaja Murtad" which was published in the May 2009 issue of the Al Islam magazine..I shudder to think of what could happen if the reverse took place -- if for instance two reporters from the Herald were to enter a mosque disguised as Muslims, partake of the rituals and desecrate something which the congregation considers very sacred.I can imagine Khairy Jamaluddin leading a group of Umno Youth thugs and burning the effigy of the Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and even threatening to set fire to a few churches, and Zulkifli Nordin rousing up a mob and invading the Herald’s office and demanding that it be shut down for good; or certain Muslim NGOs insisting that the two journalists be jailed under the ISA!It makes me wonder how does a “creature” like you exist in this country? Are you the product of the educational, social or even religious system or process created by Bolehland’s leaders (also read as “Umno”) over the past 30 years?How is it possible that you could blatantly trespass into a place of worship, violate its sanctity, insult its adherents, even publish your transgression and completely ignore the implications and consequences (will there be any)? What gives you such audacity?It all points to the reality of you being a cog in Umno’s machine – a political party that has politicised religion for its survival by creating unfounded insecurities amongst Muslims and a distrust of other religions. Meanwhile it dominates, dictates, decides and even defines what non-Muslims can and cannot discuss, deliberate on, and display in print.Najib’s 1Malaysia is really Malaysia in one big mess!As I join my Catholic brothers and sisters in forgiving you (a Catholic duty we are reminded of!), I also pray that you will feel the full weight of God’s wrath upon you.I feel sad for the many good Muslims in this country who have a respect for peoples of other faiths, for not only have you insulted Catholics but you have insulted them too. Islam would do well without religious misfits like you!
Martin Jalleh(15 July 2009)
I hope to hear some voices from our so called dayak leaders so as to avoid religious tension especially amongst the Christian and Muslim followers in sarawak. Masing, Jabu and Manyin should now Wake Up and stop acting as jaguh kampung.
"Agi Idup Agi Ngelaban"