Friday, March 18, 2011

Federal Government Releases Bibles

The Malaysian Home Ministry has ordered the release of thousands of copies of the Christian Bible in the Malay Language that have been detained in ports in Sarawak and Malaya.

These Bibles were imported from Indonesia for the Malay-speaking Christian community in Malaysia, especially Sabahans and Sarawakians.

The Ministry's decision to release the Bibles is a wise one and should be lauded. However some Christians have protested that these Bibles have been stamped with the Home Ministry's serial number and seal. If this is done, then it should be applauded as it shows that the government endorses the use of the Malay Bible including the usage of the word "Allah" among Christians.

This move should also be carried on the religious texts of all other religions in Malaysia to avoid the spread of deviationist teachings.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Of Sabahan Leaders And Sabahan Rights

Recently the United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun-Murut Organization (UPKO) called for a royal commission to look into the problem of illegal immigrants in Sabah.

In 2008, Lim Kit Siang of the Democratic Action Party (DAP) made a similar call in parliament but the North Borneo Herald does not recall any Sabahan leaders rallying behind Lim at that time. In fact, the parliament sitting at that time was chaired by none other than a Sabahan, Ronald Kiandee.

It brings to mind the thinking of Sabah politicians. If something right is being done for Sabah, should they reject it because the person doing it is not alligned to their party? And if something bad is going on in Sabah, should they be quiet because the person doing it is in alliance with them?

If this is the thinking of Sabahan leaders, then whatever left of Sabah's dignity would probably end up in the drain in ten years to come.

True leaders fight for their people and their rights, not just keep quiet for fear of offending those who violate these rights, as this is cowardice. The politicians can give a thousand excuses, but they will be judged by the people in the end.

For instance when Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president finally spoke on the "Allah" issue, many who read his comments had made up their minds about him.