Parti Warisan Sabah suggests that Christian evangelicalism be outlawed in Malaysia, claiming that the view of Christianity has become distorted. Warisan’s official youth icon says, “We are seeing more and more people dictating their own interpretation about what is okay and what is not on matters relating to religion in the Federation of Malaysia.” However, Jo-Anna Henley Rampas, Wirawati’s vice chief, defended the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, which professes religious freedom.
06/16/2017 Malyasia (FMT News) – Parti Warisan Sabah has hit out at a suggestion that Christian evangelicalism be outlawed in Malaysia.
Its Wirawati vice chief, Jo-Anna Henley Rampas, said this showed the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government’s failure to instil proper understanding, tolerance and harmony among citizens.
She said the “distorted view” was evidence that government leaders, especially federal ministers from Sabah and Sarawak, had failed to impress Prime Minister Najib Razak on issuing clear directions on the matter.
Rampas said this in a statement today in response to a suggestion by Centre for Human Rights Research and Advocacy (Cemthra) CEO Azril Mohd Amin that Christian evangelicalism be banned in Malaysia.
Warisan’s official youth icon also said the call was reflective of the erosion of religious freedom in the country.
“We are seeing more and more people dictating their own interpretation about what is okay and what is not on matters relating to religion in the Federation of Malaysia,” she said, citing the debates on child conversion and on whether non-Muslims could use the word “Allah”.
She said while Malaysians respected Islam as the official religion of the country, Sabah and Sarawak agreed to be part of the federation on the premise that there would always be religious freedom.
Azril had said in a column published in Utusan Malaysia yesterday that the government made the right decision by directing the police to bar the “Jerusalem Jubilee” gathering organised by the All Malaysian-Golden Gate Revival Convocation evangelical group in Melaka from June 15 to 18.
He claimed that the movement had initiated a new religious outlook 20 years ago that was inclined towards liberties and openness “without limitation”. He claimed that even Christian scholars had admitted that the movement’s inclinations had brought negative impact to the growth of the church.