Bishop Ng Moon Hing thinks that Christians as well as Malaysia as a whole are under threat from “a few groups of extremists” whose agenda is to destroy our country’s muhibbah.
Bishop Ng is a Bersih supporter so the extremist groups he means cannot be the pro-Pakatan ones. Please take a guess as to which groups Bishop Ng considers as extremist.
ABOVE: Bishop Ng (far right, in purple robe) pictured with Tian Chua, Mr Hannah Yeoh, Teresa Kok, Nurul Izzah and Madame Speaker of Selangor
Speaking to The Malaysian Insider reporter Jennifer Gomez, Bishop Ng said a generation of Malaysians have lost their trust in other Malaysians. The Anglican bishop also complained that “hate speeches, racial hatred and religious extremism” are not being monitored by the authorities.
Bishop Ng was the Christian Federation of Malaysia president from 2009 until last year. CFM comprises:
- National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF)
- Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM)
- Roman Catholic Church
Bishop Ng, new president of Bible Society
In Jennifer Gomez’s Malaysian Insider article today, Bishop Ng expressed his fear that should the authorities fail to put a stop to “such extremism and hate speeches and instigation as soon as possible”, the nation’s social fabric will soon be torn apart.
Demanding a “harmonious, peaceful, just and fair living” for all Malaysians, Bishop Ng wants the powers-that-be to resolve the issue of the Malay-language ‘Allah’ Bibles seized by Jais from the Bible Society of Malaysia. (Bishop Ng was elected the new BSM president last month.)
Bishop Ng, who heads the Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia, claims that it was the state and federal governments that first started this issue and not the [meek and mild, peace-loving] Christians.
Christians complain their Bibles are “desecrated”
In the excerpt above, TMI reporter Jennifer Gomez asks Bishop Ng whether he believes that the confiscated Bibles have been “destroyed” or “desecrated”.
‘Desecrate’, according to the dictionary, means “to treat a sacred thing with violent disrespect”.
Previously, TMI had reported on 18 March 2011 that 30,000 copies of the Alkitab had been “defaced” when the Home Ministry stamped their seal on the inside cover with the words: “Untuk kegunaan penganut Kristian sahaja.
TMI further said that the serial numbers stamped by the Ministry on the Bibles were considered by the Christians to be a desecration – violent disrespect – of their Holy Book.
Jennifer Gomez posed the bishop the following question: “What is your advice to Christians as we face Christian-bashing and various forms of persecution“?
She asks Bishop Ng must Christians always have to turn the other cheek.
Square Moon, for the sake of power
Bishop Ng said:
“These [religious] tensions we see now did not start overnight, it began when the people in power compromised their integrity, true faith, moderation, rationality, peaceful and harmonious co-existence, with self gain, greed, self fame, the idea of staying in power in the name of economic progress, development, education, preservation of race, language and creed.”
He accused greedy politicians who wanted to remain in power for manipulating the religious tensions.
Selangor Speaker Hannah Yeoh said the culprits “will tell you that the moon is square just to remain in power” (see her tweet below).
Who are Bishop Ng and Hannah pointing their fingers at, you think?
Freedom to dakwah
Previously in July 2012, former Selangor PAS commissioner Hasan Ali had queried the Christian Federation of Malaysia – then led by Bishop Ng – on the CFM’s demand for all Malaysians to have the religious freedom to propagate Christianity “without undue curtailment from the law”.
See ‘Hasan desak Pas jawab tuntutan Persekutuan Kristian Malaysia‘ (Utusan, 29 July 2012).
The CFM letter (see bottom of page) to churches and Christians on creating a new Malaysia where all Malaysians are free to dakwah to each other was signed by Bishop Ng.
BELOW: Hannah Yeoh believes that “BN tak mampu berubah, race based yesterday, today, foreva!”
Christians have “rights of leadership”
Bishop Ng cites Bible verses from Matthew, chapter 5, verses 13-15 on how Christians are the salt of the earth” and asserts that “Christians have not only been granted rights of leadership but also the responsibility of stewardship (of the Earth)”.
In other words, Christians are a country’s rightful leaders.
The verses preceding the ‘salt of the earth’ biblical verse is Matthew, chapter 5, verse 11:
“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”
The succeeding verses in Matthew extort Christians to be “righteous” (chapter 5, verses 16-20).
Malaysia’s Christians who believe they are being persecuted also believe they the most righteous people in the country.
Bishop Ng’s general election letter
“In terms of our vision for a better Malaysia, CFM encourages Malaysian Christians to think about the following priorities — A nation guided by the ethics of respect for human dignity.“
For Bishop Ng and the CFM, a Malaysia where there is “justice with equity” will reject extremism, racial and religious bigotry, and be “ free of corruption”.
- “A nation where extremism of all kinds is rejected and quickly curtailed. Racial and religious bigotry, manipulation and lies that have now come to define the social sphere, the print media and political posturing must end immediately.”
Bishop Ng in his CFM letter encouraged Malaysian Christians to cast their votes in the general election for:
- “A nation that works towards the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and ensuring well-being for all, regardless of citizenship status, ethnicity or creed.”
- “Every citizen and every community should be empowered and enabled to pursue economic activity and achieve advancement duly and fairly supported by the government where needed and necessary without favour or discrimination and without being overly or unfairly supported by the state.”
Let’s take stock of the words that Bishop Ng chooses to use
- “human dignity”
- “justice with equity”
- reject “extremism”
- say No to “racial and religious bigotry”
- “free of corruption”
- “regardless of citizenship status, ethnicity or creed”
- “without discrimination”
- “without being overly supported by the state”
It does sound like the Church and the DAP share the same vocabulary.
The new Malaysia by the Christians aspired through the rise of New Politics can only come about if DAP takes over Putrajaya.
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