Continues from ‘Converting minors to another religion‘.
Dr Chua Soi Lek in his July 3 press statement said that there is “strong objection from MCA and MIC” to what he calls “the religion conversion Bill”.
The bill, said the MCA president, “is seen as an infringement of rights of the non-Muslims”.
He reiterated, “MCA fully objects to the tabling of the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territories) Bill 2013 as it infringes the rights of the non-Muslims”.
In his short press statement, Dr Chua repeated twice that the bill “infringed” on the rights of non-Muslims.
He added that MCA’s stand is very clear as expressed by MCA vice president Gan Ping Sieu and MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok.
The shock, the horror
Gan Ping Sieu was “shocked to learn” about the Bill which in his view would “seriously and irredeemably affect the religious harmony and national unity of our country”.
Gan in his June 28 press statement said:
“The sudden tabling of the Bill which contains provisions contrary to the Cabinet decision will inevitably be construed as harming the legal rights of the non-Muslims. […] The tabling of the Bill is tantamount to introducing the laws by stealth and is a terrible disservice to the much-talk about national reconciliation.”
Gan’s colleague Loh Seng Kok was “dismayed” at the Bill and “implore[d]” the 7 MCA MPs to not only vote against the Bill but also “to corral the MPs from other political parties irrespective of political coalition to put forward a collective voice” against it.
In his press statement on June 28, Loh said said the Bill was “snaring non-Muslims”.
MCA deputy president Liow Tiong Lai in his press conference on July 3 pointed out that certain KPIs needed to be followed when introducing an amendment to an existing Act.
Liow also said his party MPs would press for the Cabinet can review the Administration of Islam Bill.
Wanita MCA chairman Yu Chok Tow similarly urged all MPs to vote against the Administration of the Religion of Islam (Federal Territory) Bill 2013.
In her press statement on July 5, Yu said, “We must respect a child’s freedom of religion when he or she turns 18, and allow the child to decide for him/herself”.
As you can see, the MCA bigwigs were ALL OF THEM up in arms against the conversion of non-Malay (more specifically Chinese) minors to Islam.
MCA however does not create the same uproar when minors convert to Christianity.
Let’s look at their statements again.
Objection only against conversion to Islam
Dr Chua (1): “strong objection from MCA” to “the religion conversion Bill”.
But no objection to the evangelistas – whose politicians are coddled by his party-owned newspaper – actively converting minors to Christianity.
Dr Chua (2): “MCA fully objects” to the Bill.
But no objection to the evangelistas – whose politicians are coddled by his party-owned newspaper – carrying out their proselytization activities in the Subang Jaya schools.
Gan Ping Sieu (1): The Bill allowing the unilateral conversion of minors would “seriously and irredeemably affect the religious harmony and national unity”.
But GPS has never expressed his concern that the conversion of minors to Christianity would “seriously and irredeemably affect the religious harmony and national unity” too. Not until it affects Malays, is it? But converting Buddhist Chinese and Indian Hindu youngsters is no issue, is it?
Gan Ping Sieu (2): “The tabling of the Bill is tantamount to introducing the laws by stealth…”
But GPS is perfectly fine with the churches trying to convert Malays by stealth and aggressively trying to convert Chinese openly. I don’t recall him making any statements in defence of Muslims when the Damansara Utama Methodist Church (DUMC) was accused to have converted Malays.
Loh Seng Kok: The Bill is “snaring non-Muslims”.
But it’s okay when the evangelistas – whose politicians are coddled by his party-owned newspaper – snare Malays that belong to the ostracized groups (drug addicts, homo-and-transsexuals, unwed single mothers, etc) to convert them to Christianity.
Yu Chok Tow: After the child turns 18, he can be allowed to decide his religion for himself.
What about the schoolchildren under the age of 18 who are converted to Christianity?
Does Datuk Yu know or care whether the 20 converts at the Subang Rally had attained the age of majority before they “accepted Christ” during a mass gathering organized under the auspices of a Subang Jaya education co-curricular event?
What does MCA stand for?
MCA is displaying a double standard here between their differing reactions to conversion to Islam and conversion to Christianity by minors.
Which is more rampant, the conversion of Chinese to Christianity or the conversion of Chinese to Islam?
From the looks of it, MCA is dead set against conversion to Islam.
As we know, the DAP is an evangelista-led party. As we know too, the MCA-owned newspaper berkiblatkan Jerusubang. And The J-Star is the tail that wags the MCA dog.
The line separating the MCA and the DAP is becoming very blur. The chasm separating the MCA and Umno is becoming deeper.