What has the Church been doing?
Two weeks ago (https://www.change.org to “Save the migrants/asylum-seekers stranded at sea!”, Tan Zhong Yan initiated a petition at
Zhong Yan (pix right) wrote in his petition, “The act of turning away boats with hundreds of people in dire conditions is not only irresponsible but also cruel and inhumane“.
In a separate letter to the editor (Malaysiakini) a day earlier titled ‘Refugees are human beings!‘, Zhong Yan had slammed Malaysia, saying our country “should stop persecuting the already persecuted”.
He added that Malaysia “should not subject them to further abuse and persecution“. Instead we should show “humanity, empathy and love”, he said.
“Refugees commit no crime. The only ‘wrongs’ that they have committed were probably that they were being born in the wrong country, wrong ethnicity or having and believing the ‘wrong’ religion,” wrote Zhong Yan.
“We the people” want the gomen to …
In another petition, Debbie Loh and Philip Teh wrote, “… we the people want incoming migrants who have been abandoned at sea by traffickers to be rescued and cared for by our elected Malaysian government, until a secure fate can be assured to them”.
Urging Putrajaya to ‘Rescue the Rohingyans’, Debbie and Philip said the Malaysian government must provide the Rohingya refugees and migrants “with shelter, adequate medical care, clothing, food and water”.
Well, we now know that despite all the heartache expressed by DAP evangelista politicians, the DAP-led Penang nonetheless rejected the Home Minister’s appeal for the state to shelter the Rohingya.
It’s a good thing then that the DAP is not as yet in control of the Malaysian government or else Debbie and Philip’s petition would have fallen on stone.
The Malaysian government (which has since relented on its ‘pushback’ policy) is further urged by Debbie and Philip to declare Putrajaya’s “commitment to the rescue and care of future refugees and vulnerable migrants who will enter Malaysia’s maritime borders”.
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Council of Churches expresses its deep concern
The Council of Churches of Malaysia said “it is inhuman to push their flimsy boats back into the open sea” and called for “a more compassionate response”.
The churches said we “must strictly follow the provisions of the Geneva Convention of Refugees” although Malaysia is not a signatory to the convention.
The churches also said that as they “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”.
Apparently Lim Guan Eng is not one of the political leaders through whom God works to see an end to the Rohingya plight.
BELOW: Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) tweeted that “Malaysia’s decision to send Rohingya home draws UN criticism”.
ABOVE: Penang Deputy Chief Minister (II) is “wary of Rohingyas being placed in Penang”. See, https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/299985
When the federal government of Malaysia wanted to push back the Rohingya, Putrajaya is bashed as cruel and inhumane by the DAP. But when it is suggested that the Rohingya are placed temporarily in Penang, the reaction of its chief minister and his deputy is nope, nope, nope.
Lambs of God
They like to lecture others to “have a heart” but when it comes to real action, we can see the evangelistas’ true colours.
Ever since Hannah Yeoh’s tweets a fortnight ago (May 14) imploring Najib Razak to “have mercy” and pointing out that “punishing someone for being stateless = discriminating someone based on race”, her Twitter timeline has been silent on the Rohingya issue.
Last week, the Christian Federation welcomed Malaysia’s decision to provide humanitarian aid to the Rohingya refugees and Bangladeshi migrants.
All churches in Malaysia were to “render help and support to aid agencies which are mobilising to alleviate the suffering of these migrant boat people”.
Kudos to the Church for showing Christian love to our Asean neighbours.
Have you read in the news or seen on TV what the Church has done for the Rohingya since then? Anybody know?