I wish my Dear Abang Hisham checked his facts first before making such a reckless comment. Even a Blind Fool would find it hard to believe that Malaysian Christians would make such demands or have such dreams!
He should have reprimanded Utusan Malaysia instead of adding more smoke to the fire! I'm very sad and frustrated by the way such a learned and experienced man as reacted to such reckless and barbaric lies! - Joshua Lopez
KUALA LUMPUR, May 8 — The DAP lashed out today at Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein and Datuk Seri Rais Yatim for accepting without question an Utusan Malaysia report that the party and Christians were plotting to usurp Islam’s position.
The Home Minister and the Information, Communications and Culture Minister issued a stern warning yesterday to Malaysians to not question Islam’s position as the official religion of Malaysia.
Selangor DAP chief Teresa Kok said today this proved that the two Umno ministers supported Utusan regardless of the validity of the said report.
“Their actions show that they are clearly one-sided in supporting Utusan Malaysia without any proper investigation.
“As responsible ministers in support of 1 Malaysia, Hishammuddin and Rais should direct the police to investigate Utusan as well as the two bloggers under the Sedition Act because Utusan has many times printed news commentaries detrimental to the peace and stability of our country,” Kok said in a statement today.
She said the inaction against Utusan was as if the paper had the licence to print and publish whatever it wanted, at the expense of ethical, professional journalistic reporting.
‘I believe Umno is using Utusan Malaysia as a [tool] to harass Malays just to strengthen Umno’s hold in the eyes of the community.
“This is dangerous and disgusting because Malaysia is a multicultural society,” added the Seputeh MP.
Utusan Malaysia carried a front-page article yesterday titled “Malaysia, negara Kristian?” (“Malaysia, a Christian country?”) based entirely on blog postings by several pro-Umno bloggers.
The bloggers had accused the DAP of sedition for trying to change the country’s laws to allow a Christian prime minister, pointing to a grainy photograph showing what they described as a secret pact between the opposition party and pastors at a hotel in Penang on Wednesday.
In a posting headlined “Agong under threat? DAP wants to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia?” blogger Marahku (marahku.blogspot.com) accused the DAP of trying to amend the Federal Constitution so that a Christian could assume the post of prime minister.
“The whole point of changing the official religion is to allow a Christian to become prime minister of this country,” the blogger said.
On bigdogdotcom.wordpress.com, another blogger claimed to have received a message that DAP’s Jeff Ooi had organised a dinner for pastors from Sarawak and overseas at Red Rock Hotel on Jalan Macalister, Penang.
“Among the activities that night included the 35 pastors taking a group oath. They formed a circle and touched each other’s shoulders and vowed in English to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia and put a Christian prime minister in office,” the anonymous writer said in his blog under the headline “Making Christianity the official religion?”
He also pointed to the same grainy picture he posted at the top of his blog page, which he had captioned “Partying pastors or pastors doing the party do and vow to have a Christian as Malaysian prime minister”.
The blogger further alleged that the DAP had labelled the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition as an “anti-Christ agent” in the run-up to polls in Sarawak, showing the opposition party was “openly against BN on religious grounds and they are now making it their clarion call, their rabble rousing horn”.
He said it was a seditious and religiously divisive statement that was never investigated by the police “or at least they did not tell us about any investigations into the matter”.
The blogger called on the authorities to investigate the allegations for sedition, warning that if the authorities failed in their duty the country may be “shattered again”.
The National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (NECF), together with partners Global Day of Prayer, Marketplace Penang and Penang Pastors Fellowship, said the claims against their community were lies, and refuted the bloggers’ allegations last night.
Similarly, Ooi said the dinner had been organised by the Christian pastors in recognition of the DAP team who had visited them while in Sarawak for the state election and that the prayer sessions — one before dinner and one at the end — were a usual part of their worship, and not a pledge as alleged.
Nik Aziz: Saya tak percaya Utusan