Press Statement by Member of Parliament Klang Charles Santiago on 9th Jan 2010

The politics of hate and assault reared its head in Najib’s 1Malaysia today. It marked a significant assault on diversity in the country and more importantly it demonstrated that after 52 years of nation building, we have failed to negotiate our differences.

Violence and intimidation has become the order of the day.

This is a shame.

The fire-bombing of the four Christian churches in Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya amidst rising tensions over the High Court ruling allowing a Catholic weekly to use the word Allah to refer to God finally brings to the surface the institutionalized racial and religious intolerance in the country.

I strongly condemn these cowardly attacks on the churches which are totally unacceptable. These acts are despicable, shameful and certainly go against the very grains of Islam and all other faiths which teaches its followers to be respectful of other religions.

The early morning arson attacks are crafted to create fear among the people and also exert subtle pressure on the Court of Appeal to reverse the current decision.

We have felt the undercurrents of rising racial and religious intolerance over the last one decade. Instead of working towards an acceptable resolution, UMNO and BN had fanned further segregation and disunity for its own political agenda.

The infamous cow head rally and church burning are clearly strategies designed by UMNO to save itself from further becoming irrelevant to the people. But in this manoeuvring, the country has been divided down the middle and people are living in fear of possible racial clashes.

In this cunning manipulation by UMNO and BN, East Malaysia would become more alienated from West Malaysia as more than half of Malaysia’s Catholics are from indigenous groups who mostly live in the Borneo island states and mainly speak Malay.

The row over the use of the word Allah is among a string of religious disputes that have strained relations between Malays and minority Chinese and Indians who fear rising Islamization in the country.

Therefore, Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein must take responsibility for failing to prevent the arson attacks on the churches and creating a climate of fear that is threatening to ruin the racial fabric in the country even further.

I am making an urgent call to the Prime Minister to urgently convene an inter-faith meeting together with political parties and civil society to restore calm and alleviate fear and anxiety in the country. The meeting should formulate an acceptable strategy based on equal citizenship in resolving the current national crisis.

Furthermore, I urge Malaysians of all faiths and beliefs to – offer special prayers for peace in the nation at our respective places of worship and organise the inter-faith meetings and worship towards reconciliation – as a way to resist the politics of hate and assault.

Charles Santiago

Member of Parliament, Klang

016 626 7797

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  • Leong Yook Kong

    Please excuse me for out of the topic.

    I urgently need some hints and opinions on how to go about with the below case to seek the truth and justice for the exploited stakeholders. Please help me.

    A company search was done on 16-10-2009 and the corporate information is as follows:-
    a) Company Name: ABC Sdn. Bhd. (not real name)
    b) Last Old Name: XYZ Sdn. Bhd. (not real name)
    c) Date of Change: 02-04-2008
    Registration Date: 18-08-2005

    I lodged a complaint to the Govt. Dept. against ABC S/B for operating without a valid certificate. On 08-12-2009, the Dept. forwarded me a copy of letter dated 24-09-2007 addressed to ABC S/B stating approval for a permit. (I believe motive is to discredit my complaint). I will leave out the other 2 flaws in the letter until a later date.

    Was the Dept. morally and legally correct to consider XYZ’s (since ABC was not in existence at that time) application and approved it on 24-09-2007? The requirements were Form 24, Form 49 and MAA must be certified by Pesuruhjaya Sumpah or …. and attached together with the application. The effective date of change of ABC to XYZ was on 02-04-2008.

    Hopefully, I could get some answers and how to pursue the matter further from some kind hearted people here. Thanking you in advance.

  • http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com Samuel Goh Kim Eng

    DON’T BE CONDEMNED TO THE SHELVES

    Christians are taught to pray for those who persecute them
    Although it’s most tempting to have the culprits condemned
    Yet we are instructed to “love our neighbours as ourselves”
    So that all may be saved by God’s grace and not left on the shelves

    (C) Samuel Goh Kim Eng- 090110
    http://MotivationInMotion.blogspot.com
    Sat. 9th Jan. 2010.

  • http://malaysianagenda.wordpress.com aloysius pinto

    I believe this is a time for those who believe their role is to be BRIDGE-BUILDERS to rise: No amount of pointing fingers and condemning will bring about Peace & Restore Harmony: Let’s ask St Francis of Assisi to intercede for us, and let’s us live his prayer:
    PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS
    “Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
    where there is hatred, let me sow love;
    where there is injury, pardon;
    where there is doubt, faith;
    where there is despair, hope;
    where there is darkness, light;
    and where there is sadness, joy;
    O Divine Master,
    grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
    to be understood, as to understand;
    to be,loved, as to love;
    for it is in giving that we receive,
    it is in pardoning that we are pardoned’
    and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.
    AMEN