The Council of Churches Malaysia is deeply concerned over the plight of the Rohingya boat people and wants the government to stop its push back of them. “It is inhumane to push their flimsy boats back into the open sea,” the Council chided.
“This only adds to the trauma of their already life-threatening situation,” Council of Churches sec-gen Rev Dr Hermen Shastri said in a statement today.
“Callous, inhumane and lacking in compassion”
“The churches are calling for a more compassionate response and for showing solidarity with the helpless victims of human trafficking by unscrupulous smuggling syndicates,” said Rev Hermen.
“We call on the government to allow temporary transit of the refugees in our country under the auspices of the UNHCR. In this way, they can receive humanitarian aid.”
He added that the churches are prepared to assist the government by organizing counters to collect “humanitarian relief supplies”.
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Church embraces Rohingya in compassionate prayers
The Council further wants Malaysia to follow the Geneva Convention of Refugees (even though Malaysia is not a signatory of this convention).
“As we view every picture or report that depicts the desolation of the Rohingyas, we shall embrace them in our prayers, asking that God will work through political leaders that may see an end to their plight,” the churches said.
The prayer by the Council of Churches asking for God to work through political leaders calls to mind a tweet last year by Hannah Yeoh. We’re really not sure what the tweetalot Christian politicians can do to alleviate the plight of the affected groups.
How to make the killing stop? Hannah did not say
Hannah had tweeted most dolefully:
“When will men and nations learn from history? The killing has to stop! Heartache reading and seeing pictures of injured & dead children”
Here is a teary-eyed politician who omitted even to say where the killing took place.
Actually it was in Gaza but perhaps because Hannah was posturing as an Angel of Mercy to her Malay-Muslim Twitter following, she was reluctant to mention “Palestinians” knowing how enthusiastically the Christian Zionists support Israel.
Currently as Malaysian churchgoers view every picture or report that depicts the desolation of the boat people, they embrace the Rohingya in their Christian prayers.
Similarly Hannah suffered such heartache looking at “pictures of injured & dead children” albeit she again omitted to mention who the children were. Answer: Palestinians
The churches are presently offering to collect supplies (presumably Maggi Mee, mineral water, biscuits and second-hand clothes) for the Rohingya. But like Hannah who has no idea how to make “the killing” stop, the churches have no idea – do they? – of what to do with the Rohingya should the government allow them ashore as urged.
Perhaps the refugees can set up camp in the Subang Jaya shoplot churches during their “temporary transit”. And later, our Malaysian evangelistas can help these Rohingya to transfer to third country hosts in the American Bible Belt.
But the evangelical Christians don’t really have to wait for the boats to land to do all this charity. There are reportedly 50,000 Rohingya already in Malaysian camps. Has the Church looked into their plight before?