Well, at least I didn’t say Wong Chun Wai’s load of bullshit in my post title above.
They just can’t stop politicking, can they, even in the spirit of the season and Christmas goodwill.
Chun Wai’s J-Star column today is titled ‘The storm over Jerusalem’. It’s full of – as I put it mildly in my headline – ‘uncharitable words’ and not to mention passages of pure propaganda. I’ve listed below Chun Wai’s propaganda contained in his Church of the Negativity talk today.
Firstly, to start off his Christmas sermon, Chun Wai calls US president Donald Trump an “ignorant leader who spews a combination of toxic religious and political plans”. Chun Wai is describing Trump in the same name-calling way he and his newspaper characterize some Muslim fundamentalist activists in Malaysia, i.e. as religiously “toxic”.
Oh ya, he also says Trump is “dangerous” and “irrational”. Well perhaps, but at least Trump is not hypocritical like the two-faced Chun Wai and the forked-tongued DAP evangelistas.
Next, Chun Wai writes that Trump’s advisors are “a group of people who think they are acting on God’s instructions”. Oh, so Chun Wai is here admitting that the White House is under the influence of end-times evangelical Christians. Take note.
His colleague June Wong thinks rural voters are stupid for not embracing Bersih, i.e. election reform and ‘ubah’ voting.
Chun Wai seems to share a similarly poor opinion of that “bunch of evangelical Christian advisers from the rural Bible Belt” who are in the Trump circle of influence to represent “evangelical voters in the US who backed Trump unequivocally in last year’s presidential elections”. The two J-Star Wongs – June and Chun Wai – have an identical view that these rural folks in the Umno heartland and in the American Bible Belt are “ill-informed people” because of who they vote.
Chun Wai then proceeds to accuse Nikki Haley, the American representative to the UN, of threatening, trying to instil fear and finally “outright blackmail” of her fellow UN ambassadors. And he also calls Ms Haley “a spoilt brat” who “sulked following the UN voting”.
Then Chun Wai returns to bashing Trump, saying the American president “now looks like a bully”. Chun Wai the peace-and-love Christian is exuding a lot of negative vibes today with his name-calling and finger-pointing here and there. Not a Christmasy peace and love at all.
For reasons known only to him, Chun Wai’s bashing of the Bible Belters – (#they’re Christians too) – is relentless, quoting a Lutheran pastor in Bethlehem who reportedly made some remark how American “people in the Bible Belt read the Bible in a way that really makes our lives difficult”.
So evidently not everyone reads the Bible in the way approved by Wong Chun Wai and his ilk. Some of the Subang Jaya urbanites prefer the “prosperity gospel” free-wheeling version for sure.
Our takeaway from Chun Wai’s latest column is how, on the eve of Christ the Saviour’s birth anniversary, he prefers instead to discuss how “anger festers and grows”. Chun Wai’s Christmas message is one suffused in anger, what with his torrent of negative comments about the “evangelical voters in the US who backed Trump unequivocally in last year’s presidential elections”.
The description above within quote marks are Chun Wai’s own words copied verbatim. Observe that he admits the evangelicals (read: highly religious Christians) form Trump’s voter base.
Chun Wai the evangelical Christian hypocrite
On the one hand, Chun Wai tells us that “the legendary Church of the Nativity, [is a] site thought to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ”. On the other hand, Chun Wai claims that “the issue isn’t about religion, but land and resources”.
President Trump and his evangelical support base are not concerned about the resources in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza and in East and West Jerusalem. The “issue” for evangelical Christians is wholly religious. Trump created a storm which became an issue at the UN not because the American president is concerned about natural resources in the area, unless there is oil. It is an issue for the Trump supporters because of religion.
According to what Chun Wai said earlier in his column, the “bunch of evangelical Christians” believe Jesus was born in the Church of the Nativity site – in the little town of Bethlehem. Obviously, Christians regard that site as holy. There’s a good reason the location of modern-day Israel is considered as the Holy Land. After all, as Chun Wai recounted in his article today, he himself made a Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 2005.
Chun Wai additionally explains to us that “restricted trips to Jerusalem are allowed for religious purposes“. Meaning, although our Malaysian passport prohibits us from visiting Israel, a special exemption nonetheless is made for Malaysian Christian pilgrims.
So, again – Chun Wai is full of self contradiction. He states that Malaysian Christians are permitted to make a trip to Jerusalem “for religious purposes” – these are Chun Wai’s own words. But in the same breath, he insists too that the issue over Jerusalem is NOT about religion, but about land and resources.
Can he keep to a logical consistency for only one minute? Why is Jerusalem important? Because it is the destination for Christian pilgrims and it is the Holy Land. As Chun Wai informs us, “most of the Biblical sites in the towns of Bethlehem, Jericho and Nazareth, all important names in the Bible, are in predominantly Muslim areas”.
How more holy can you get?!
“All important [place] names in the Bible” are located in the Holy Land over which the three Abrahamic faiths are fighting for control. That’s why it is called the Holy Land, duh. An overwhelmingly R-E-L-I-G-I-O-U-S reason … elementary, my dear Watson.
The Church of the Nativity is built on the site where Jesus was born – in Bethlehem. The Church of the Holy Sepulchre is built where Jesus was crucified and resurrected – in Jerusalem. There is no place holier for Christians than God’s ‘Promised Land’ Israel.
As Chun Wai has taken great pains to stress to us, “the Jews do not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. In fact, ultra-Orthodox Jews openly dismiss Christ”. The Church of the Nativity and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre are not sacred to Jews who don’t pray in churches. These are holy landmarks for the Christians.
And the Christian pilgrims to Jerusalem are apparently big business. In his article, Chun Wai claims that the pilgrimage provides a livelihood for the Palestinians who – in Chun Wai’s account – “sell Christian religious items”, and work in the support services such as becoming tour guides, caterers, etc.
Now let’s say there is a piece of land in Timbuctoo which is rich in resources. Would Christians and Muslims have fought the Crusades over it? Not! Timbuctoo may be a rich land but Christians and Muslims will not wage holy war over it because it has no religious significance for either faiths.
Why did Christians and Muslims fight to control Jerusalem? It is not a city rich in natural resources. Jerusalem does not have oil or timber or diamonds or rare minerals to be mined for export. The very importance of Jerusalem is its “religious purpose” for Christians, for Jews, and for Muslims. Yet Chun Wai has the cheek to make his blanket declaration “the issue isn’t about religion, but land and resources”. Hidden agenda much?
Malaysians of all faiths should beware the propaganda being peddled by The J-Star and its evangelical Christian CEO when they subtly try to feed readers bullshit.
The following is Chun Wai’s concluding spin. He claims, “For the Palestinians, their plight is not an Islamic or Muslim issue, as widely assumed by many Malaysians, but a case of injustice and violation of human rights, including being stripped of the land belonging to them”.
From the Palestinian perspective, we can grant the “land and resources” factors that Chun Wai is attributing to them. However from the perspective of Malaysia and the rest of the Muslim world, the Palestinian jihad is indeed an Islamic issue. Najib Razak has made it clear that Malaysia stands in solidarity with the Palestinians because Muslims must defend Islam.
Consider a counter example: Like Palestine, Tibet is being occupied by a foreign power. The Han (China Chinese) are steadily taking over the land and growing in population displacing the natives. Like Palestinians, Tibetans are also victims of injustice and having their human rights violated. Do we see the OIC passing resolution after resolution in the UN on Tibet?
Do the Muslim capitals hold rallies and Day of Rage for Buddhist Tibetans? Have Malays ever held mass protests here after Friday prayer for the Tibetan cause?
What a load of bullshit Chun Wai is crapping to try and deny the primary role of religion in the Jerusalem conflict. There’s definitely a hidden agenda. His too earnest denial is just too obvious.