A staunch Christian, Senator Paul Low is Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department who was appointed to the Cabinet upon the PM’s personal choice as he does not represent any political party.
On 5 May 2011, Paul Low attended the controversial function – pix below – at the Red Rock Hotel in Macalister Road, Penang where Sarawak pastors were the guests of DAP Member of Parliament Jeff Ooi.
The state election had been held in Sarawak three weeks earlier on April 16 where the DAP made splendid gains in the urban Chinese areas.
According to Zakhir Mohamed, better known as the blogger Big Dog, Jeff Ooi is No.4 in the Red Rock photo above; Ong Ah Teong, a Penang DAP municipal councillor is No.5 and Philip Tham, a Penang DAP man is No.11. The rest of the individuals in the photo are mostly pastors from Sarawak and Penang.
Ref. ‘DAP guna gereja sebagai pentas politik‘ (Utusan, 20 Oct 2011)
Utusan, in its front page report on 7 May 2011, alleged that the participants at the Red Rock function had pledged to support the Christian agenda of having a leader from their faith become the prime minister of Malaysia in future.
There’s actually nothing wrong with aspiring for a Christian to become PM as our constitution does not forbid or disqualify anyone from assuming the top office on account of his religion. Unlike some state constitutions which stipulate that the Menteri Besar should be a Muslim, the federal constitution does not have such a clause.
Nonetheless on 18 May 2011, Paul Low held a press conference to dismiss the claim reported by Utusan that a pact had been made at the Red Rock event to turn Malaysia into a Christian state. See, ‘TI-M head: No pact for Christian state‘ via Yahoo! News.
Fast forward to today’s news.
Below is what Malaysiakini just reported:
Freedom of religion is a fundamental human right which must apply to all, Minister in Prime Minister’s office Paul Low said.
He said that while he cannot argue with those who believe conversion out of Islam is forbidden, all should be able to choose the religion they want to follow.
“I cannot argue with that school of thought (Islam), but they (the Muslims) themselves must look at what is the basis of their objection to the rights of an individual. They have to go back to their scripture.
“But on the basis of human rights itself, without taking into context of any religion, the right to choose is a basic human right” … he said, speaking to Malaysiakini today.
Source: ‘All must have right to choose religion, says Low‘ (Malaysiakini, 7 Dec 2014)
There’s the Scissorati in the Umno Youth Chief’s office and there are the staunch Christians in the Prime Minister’s Office. Aside from Paul Low, there’s Idris Jala, Joseph Kurup (NUCC creator) and Joseph Entulu.
Are Mah Siew Keong and Wee Ka Siong Christians too by any chance? (Just asking)