The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) in its Merdeka Day message said that the country is “witnessing an escalation in ethnic and religious extremism, where unchecked sectarian forces of hatred and bigotry, often fuelled by misinformation and misinterpretation, lies and inflammatory speeches, are ripping apart the social fabric of our nation that had been built on the principles of moderation and multi-culturalism”.
“If we are to survive as a united nation, if we are to keep hope alive for our common future, we must all resist and oppose these destructive forces,” said the churches.
The pastors are telling their flock and Christians and all Malaysians to summon up the courage and moral will to actively resist “the forces of destruction, hate and violence”.
CFM believes that “all Malaysians truly have cause for concern” in view of the current developments and calls on all peace lovers to recommit themselves to working together “to save Malaysia from the forces of bigotry, religious extremism and racial polarisation”.
Is CFM saying that Malaysia needs to be saved from being ‘destroyed’ by, as one example, their arch enemy Perkasa?
BELOW: From the news archives – 27 Dec 2011
CFM is an umbrella body comprising the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM), National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF) and the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Malaysia.
The CFM chairman is Rev. Eu Hong Seng who is also the NECF chairman.
CFM’s Merdeka Day message can be read in full at the NECF website.