Christians are 8.7 percent of Brunei’s population. As with Malaysia’s 9.2 percent, they are “only” a small, self-professed helpless number but nonetheless cause such outsized anxiety to their country.
Deep-seated fears prompted the Sultan of Brunei to ban public celebration of Christmas this year in his country.
The prohibition has been hot news in Malaysia – see ‘Somalia and Brunei ban Christmas celebrations’ (AFP/Al-Jazeera, 23 Dec 2015) as well as the “nine percent” Brunei Christians detail below.
Valid reason to be scared of the cross?
What is it which makes Bruneian Muslims fear their faith will be shaken, so much so that the ruler Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah has had to resort to the drastic action?
In our own country recently, a barrage of missiles had rained on UiTM for hosting a seminar warning students to be wary of evangelical missionaries who are trying to convert Malays to Christianity.
The reaction by evangelistas to the UiTM event was ferocious and nothing short of bullying. The university was roundly condemned and demonized, with the majority of the news reports – those in the English language – characterizing the seminar as “anti-Christian”.
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Since it is the Christians who control the English press in Malaysia, it’s perhaps not at all surprising that they unfairly accused UiTM of promoting an “anti-Christian” event when the subject matter of the seminar was actually ‘Christianization’, meaning kegiatan mendakwah.
As the police have already clarified, the law does not allow evangelical Christians to preach to Malays/Muslims.
Although the preemptive measure provided for by the Federal Constitution’s Article 11(4) is to protect Muslims from proselytization, yet it was the UiTM speakers – i.e. those who had earlier spoken during the inaugural seminar in May 2014 – that were being bullied.
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The Muslim speakers were hit with a stack of police reports filed by those opposed to the UiTM seminar and backed by high-powered legal eagles from the evangelical lawyers’ fraternity.
This type of aggressive behaviour – for example the bullying by Christian activists coupled with the pro-Christian media onslaught against UiTM – is the reason why so many Malays feel that they’re under siege.
Even Education Minister Mahdzir Khalid was harassed for “linking” Christians to an alleged Jewish conspiracy to destablize the Najib administration.
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JASA must step in as wall of defence
The pro-Christian groups selalu kenakan orang, like what they did to Isma by applying a very dirty tactic and deliberately misrepresenting this frontline Muslim NGO as extreme – see story HERE.
They also intimidate Malays and Muslims in the social media.
‘Kristianisasi di mana-mana: Ketua Penerangan Isma’ (Ismaweb, 18 Dec 2015)
They played a similar dirty trick by saying that our National Fatwa Council forbade Muslims to wish Karpal Singh “Rest in Peace” when there was actually no such thing. The Malaysian Insider simply fabricated the story to incite hatred!
It is this type of smear campaigns carried out by these people that is causing Malays/Muslims to feel besieged. Even the presidents of the two biggest political parties (that have a combined membership of 4.5 million) are complaining about the black propaganda and never ending lies being spread.
Dapster-evangelistas getting bolder by the day
JASA, which is the Jabatan Hal Ehwal Khas, has the manpower and resources to conduct a comprehensive survey among the Malay community to hear their complaints and pinpoint the potential trouble spots.
Interviews with the ordinary Malay-in-the-street will yield the required empirical data in order for the authorities to act against the anti-Islam instigators.
The government must take decisive action to prevent those secularists challenging the religious fundamental pillar of our Muslim nation from raising temperatures and tensions to breaking point.