No call to pray for Christian state, say pastors

By Susan Loone
May 9, 11 4:26pm | Malaysiakini

The Christian Federation of Malaysia has refuted allegations that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng or the DAP ever asked its pastors to pray for Malaysia to be established as a Christian state or to have a Christian Prime Minister.

Following a 90-minute meeting between Lim and the federation in Komtar today, both parties issued a joint statement saying Christian churches and pastors have always prayed for blessings for the nation.

“We have also prayed for peace, unity and harmony among the races and for a leadership that is honest and just,” said Lim, who read out the statement in the presence of about 50 representatives of the federation.

“Christian pastors and churches are aggrieved that such outright lies can be published in the mass media,” he said.

Lim said this in response to the allegations made in two pro-Umno blog postings, which were subsequently featured on the front page of Utusan Malaysia last Friday.

The postings accused DAP of colluding with Christian pastors to make Christianity the country’s official religion, so that a Christian could become prime minister.

Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi was named in the blog postings as the DAP leader who attended the meeting and joined the prayer session with the pastors.

Ooi has since denied the allegations and on Sunday lodged a police report against the Malay daily and the two bloggers.

Malay rights pressure group Perkasa has also lodged police reports nationwide, urging the authorities to probe the allegations and take appropriate action.

Meanwhile, the federation strongly urged the prime minister and the home minister to take action against Utusan Malaysia for “printing and spreading such dangerous lies”.

These lies, it said, have disturbed the multi-religious harmony of society, and created fear and uneasiness among Malaysians, especially Christians.

‘Utusan making Christians the object of hate’

“We expressed grave concern that Utusan Malaysia is spreading dangerous lies that make Christians the object of hate and incites hatred against believers, which may lead to undesirable consequences,” it said.

Lim said as chief minister, he would continue to meet with Christian leaders, bishops or pastors just as he meets with Muslim clerics, Buddhist monks or Hindu priests.

He said he checked with all the pastors and had found that no one had made the alleged declaration.

“Ooi is not even a Christian… I do not know how he became the subject of the Utusan headline,” he said.

“I did not even attend the meeting, but became involved in the matter as well,” he added.

After Lim read out the statement, Catholic Bishop Anthony Selvanayagam led a prayer on the matter.

The federation was represented by members from the Roman Catholic Church, Council of Churches of Malaysia and National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia.

  1. #1 by undertaker888 on Monday, 9 May 2011 - 6:21 pm

    so when najib visit Buddhist temple or churches, is he contemplating to install Buddhist and Christians as PM?

    bapok utusan. otak udang. bodoh sombong.

  2. #2 by k1980 on Monday, 9 May 2011 - 6:47 pm

    …all this is just play on the Malay pysche, long brainwashed with inferiority and insecurity of Ketuanan Melayu, Malays disappearing from the face of the earth etc. And there are Malays who are still sucked in by such crude racism. All this in the face of a fast changing world, a world without borders, geographical or racial.

    It is happening, by grand design of Umno and MCA. To sow dissension, religious, cultural, language and racial hatred is the surest way to keep Malaysians disunited, so that behind this smokescreen, Umno and MCA can continue to loot and plunder Malaysia ad infiniti. And they are willing to descend to the lowest levels of money, sex and murders to achieve their aim.

  3. #3 by ENDANGERED HORNBILL on Monday, 9 May 2011 - 7:32 pm

    LIES, LIES, LIES – that is UMNO’s character and signature.

  4. #4 by monsterball on Monday, 9 May 2011 - 7:47 pm

    This is the first test to bring Muslims and Christains to conflicts….FAILED!!!
    Anymore bright ideas?
    Chinese has a saying…”Human also him…Devil also him”…that fits Najib to the letter.
    If he is so sincere to cool things down..he should punish the sources…Utusan Melayu and Big Dog…but both are loyal UMNO B mouth pieces to tell lies and half truths for years…how to punish people doing good jobs for Najib?
    This idea failed…like all the past provocations and fear factors instilled….all failed.
    Perhaps to lead Malysians away from 13th GE…that Najib dare not announce date?…drag on and on..with side lines… so call..sensational news…buying as much time he can get…hoping for a miracle?

  5. #5 by baochingtian on Monday, 9 May 2011 - 8:02 pm

    Why price of sugar up by 20sen again???
    This gomen really treat the rakyat like fools, korek money kao kao from the rakyat to enrich themselves. Why we have stupid people voting for these demons?

  6. #6 by dagen on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 - 8:31 am

    //// “We have also prayed for peace, unity and harmony among the races and for a leadership that is honest and just,” said Lim ////

    Now this is so so wrong. This is so totally anti-umno. And for that matter anti-islam jenis-umno as well. You dont pray for a leadership that is honest and just. No No No. And unity and harmony? Oh come on. What unity and harmony. Only umnoputras and none others. No one else has any right whatsoever to claim unity or harmony with them, those umnoputras, the only truly supreme race ever in the world.

  7. #7 by on cheng on Tuesday, 10 May 2011 - 10:35 am

    Christian cannot even hv their bible in bahasa indonesia for so long (stuck at custom), then hv to get stamped n serial nos, so how can Christian threatened others???
    If a party/person want to be a fool, go ahead, Don’t try to fool 25 million Malaysian !
    Christian cannot build a church with their money without a long, long wait for approval (as long as 17 years, or even never approved), so how can they threatened others, so real brainless report ! Only idiots would believe such report.
    All Christians should know not vote whose party, come GE13

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