Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing (pix below) laments the “resurgence in Christian bashing just when there were signs of a thaw in Muslim-Christian relations”.
In his Malaysiakini interview today with Terence Netto, the bishop singled out Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid for censure. The minister had alleged last Sunday that Christians and Jews are behind the Sarawak Report‘s campaign against Najib Razak for the purpose of splitting the Malay community.
Bishop Paul Tan hopes that Perkasa and the Christian NGO for “Peace and Harmony” will jointly tell Mahdzir to look within for the cause of Najib Razak’s current troubles rather than conveniently blame the Christians.
ABOVE: Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali with Peaceful and Harmonious Christian Rev. Wong Kim Kong
Meanwhile, the Council of Churches in a press statement today similarly ticked off Mahdzir for his “obnoxious” Christian conspiracy theory.
Council sec-gen Hermen Shastri said the minister’s remarks caused much anxiety in the Christian community when the latter “should be promoting national harmony and unity, instead of spewing ill-will and polarization in our country”.
Rev. Hermen urged his Mahdzir to apologize for his “detrimental and divisive remarks” that undermined national unity.