Who determines one’s faith – the individual or the NRD? It is obvious that it has to be the individual concerned. The National Registration Department has no business to disagree when a person lays claim to a certain faith.
We should band together, certainly at the next general elections, based on a common desire to respect each other and to live together peacefully in this place we call our home, writes Zaharom Nain.
Martin Jalleh rebuts the anonymous leaflets found in Slim River that portrayed Anwar Ibrahim as pro-Christian merely because he had met various Christian leaders.
Martin Jalleh highlights excerpts from a Bob Teoh article reporting on how some Sabah bumiputera Christians with the terms ‘bin’ and ‘binti’ encounter problems when the National Registration Department deems them to be Muslim.
If all religions teach that love for others is paramount to seeking true happiness and enlightenment, what are we doing mistrusting one another, wonders Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi.
Wild tales are being told and blatant lies are being spread with impunity. What is being done is to deliberately create uneasiness, anger and hatred against the Christians and their faith in order to undo our peace and unity.
Such a movement could give voice and support to counter extremist views and help maintain peace and harmony in the country, suggests John Inbaraj.
On the eve of the Sarawak state elections, Martin Jalleh urges Christians to make it their Christian duty to stand up for the state’s marginalised indigenous communities who have been deceived, discriminated against, dispossessed, and disempowered.
The different faiths in this country are often faced with many similar challenges which could be more easily overcome if we were to synergise our earnest efforts rather than creating slurs and suspicions on the supposed salacious conspiracies of other religions to turn young Muslims into sex fiends, writes Martin Jalleh.
Christians in the Temiar village of Pos Pasik, about 70km northeast of Gua Musang in Kelantan, have been told by the Department of Orang Asli Affairs (JHEOA) that they have no permission to build a church on their land, writes Colin Nicholas.