The Kuala Lumpur High Court fixed the dates May 15-16 and May 22-23 to hear the libel suit filed by Marina Mahathir against Isma. Counsel for the defendant Azad Bashir Abdul Kariem Bashir was present in court this morning for the case management.
Isma is one of the Muslim NGOs at the forefront of the opposition against Comango. One of the prime movers of Comango is Sisters In Islam.
Marina Mahathir, who is a SIS director, however disclaims any involvement with the Universal Periodic Review report submitted by Comango. She is suing Isma for linking her to any purported role in Comango vis-a-vis the UPR-Malaysia process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council.
Marina is a member of Najib’s liberal National Unity Consultative Council.
Zainah: “We are all Allah’s children”
The placard carried by Zainah Anwar (above) will prompt Muslims to question if Allah begets or is begotten. Isma women’s chief Ustazah Norsaleha Mohd Salleh has urged Jakim to take action against Zainah over the latter’s “kesongsangan” (topsy-turvy understanding of Islam).
Isma’s Kempen Selamatkan Ummah identifies Christianization as posing a threat to Muslims in Malaysia.
Isma vice president (I) Ustaz Muhammad Fauzi Asmuni says that the kalimah Allah can be potent tool to be manipulated by the evangelistas.
The Christians have been evangelizing most aggressively and enjoying a great take-up by the Chinese, both in China and among the diaspora. China, a communist country, has only 18.2 percent Buddhists but posseses a relatively sizeable Christian population at 5.2 percent — see Pew-Templeton Global Religious Futures project.
There are 67 million Christians in China.
Evangelista succeed in Singapore
Today one in every five Chinese Singaporean is Christian. In 1980, only one in every ten (10.9 percent) Chinese Singaporean had been Christian.
Twenty percent of the Chinese in Singapore identified themselves as Christian in 2010 compared to 17 percent a decade ago in 2000 (Source: National census 2010, National census 2000). Chinese form three-quarters of the Singapore population.
Christians closing in to a quarter of SE-Asia population
According to a study by the Center for the Study of Global Christianity, there were 9,145,000 evangelicals in Asia in 1970. This number rose sharply to reach 54,787,000 in 2010 and is projected to hit 67,247,000 by the year 2020.
According to the above study, Christians were 17.7 percent of the population in Southeast Asia in 1970. They are projected to form 23.4 percent of the population by 2020.
Singapore is among the Top 20 countries in the world where Christianity has the highest growth rate and in another 16.3 years, the number of Christians in Singapore is expected to again double.
Harvesting new converts in the city
The City Harvest Church which was founded in Singapore has spread its wings and set up several affiliate churches in Malaysia, most prominently in Subang Jaya.
Picture above: Look who is on stage at the City Harvest Church in Subang Jaya.
Below: Hannah Yeoh’s former personal assistant Rajiv Rishyakan is an evangelist who had conducted some of the DAP political activities in the City Harvest Church.
‘City Harvest, Singapore Megachurches Using Pop Culture, Mass Consumption Model for Growth‘ (The Christian Post, 4 Sept 2012)