Malaysian Muslim Politician Claims the Gov’t Have a ‘Christianization Agenda’
09/20/2019 Malaysia (International Christian Concern) – On September 18, the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) refuted a statement by Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, that some in the new government were pursuing a “Christianization agenda.”
Earlier that day, Tuan Ibrahim warned the Democratic Action Party (DAP), and its fellow Pakatan Harapan (The Alliance of Hope, current ruling coalition) in a statement not to use scare tactic against the newly-forged union between United Malays National Organization (UMNO) and DAP, and claimed that DAP was engaging in a Christianization agenda of the country.
He specifically singled out Deputy Youth and Sports Minister Steven Sim, who is a Christian, for giving a speech at a national unity forum in the Mega Chinese Methodist Church at Kota Damansara last Saturday.
Tuan Ibrahim alleged that Sim’s speech on the Christian concept of Kingdom of God and the “Jesus Manifesto”’ was tantamount to promoting such an agenda.
CCM General secretary Herman Shastri said in a statement that the council was disturbed that a national unity forum held in a church hall was being described as religious involvement in Malaysian politics.
The event was held “to help church members to contribute to nation building by participating in a shared narrative that would promote peaceful coexistence and goodwill among all communities,” he said.
“To that end, the PAS leader should not imply that the forum was used for political propaganda, and therefore stop insinuating that the church was promoting it.”
Sim himself also issues a statement saying, “In my speech, I highlighted values from the Bible as a guide to become good Malaysians, for example, justice; transparency; helping the meek and poor; (and) rejecting corruption, oppression and racism.”
“I did not criticize or touch on other religions, and in fact urged Malaysian Christians to be good citizens who practiced such values,” he added. “As such, I urge Tuan Ibrahim to respect freedom of religion as enshrined in the Federal Constitution and stop spreading hate and division among Malaysians of various races.”
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