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Don’t encourage forcing religious beliefs on others, Bar tells deputy minister

KUALA LUMPUR, June 25 — A deputy minister’s remark telling non-Muslims to avoid eating in front of fasting Muslims only serves to prod misguided Malaysians into imposing their beliefs upon others, a disapproving Malaysian Bar has said. Criticising Deputy Education Minister Datuk Mary Yap’s remark in response to the controversy of a Kedah schoolteacher who […]

Malaysia has more religious freedom than US, Singapore, Christian group says

KUALA LUMPUR, June 2 — There is more freedom of religion in Malaysia compared to Singapore and the United States, both of which imposes stricter laws against various faiths, a prominent Christian preacher said today. President of a new non-governmental organisation Christians for Peace and Harmony Malaysia (CPHM), Reverend Wong Kim Kong said that an […]

New group seen as Putrajaya ‘tool’ to win over Christians

Despite reservations by established organisations, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is set to launch the Christians for Peace and Harmony Malaysia (CPHM), a group which critics have accused of being a tool to help the government reclaim confidence among the Christians. Critics of the new group have questioned its inception, noting that the other […]

Has Putrajaya abandoned 10-point solution for Malay bible, asks DAP lawmaker

  A DAP lawmaker wants to know if Putrajaya has abandoned its 10-point solution on the Al-Kitab after its latest guidelines that bar Christian publications with the word “Allah” from entering Peninsular Malaysia. Seputeh MP Teresa Kok said an explanation was needed from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Tan Sri Joseph Kurup, who unveiled […]

A solidarity visit to the Taman Medan Church

This morning I went to the Tamil Church at Taman Medan after attending mass in my church. I arrived there at 10am and I saw Hee Loy Sean (MP for PJ Selatan), Lim Lip Eng (MP for Segambut), Rajiv Rishyakaran (ADUN Bukit Gasing) were already standing at the door of the church. When the pastor […]

We forgive cross protesters, says Taman Medan church pastor

Overwhelmed by support for his church, the senior pastor of Taman Medan’s Community of Praise Petaling Jaya church Pastor Paul Packianathan choked back tears as he thanked Malaysians for standing in solidarity with the congregation and said the church had forgiven protesters who demanded the removal of the cross displayed on the outside of the […]

Taman Medan church holds first prayer session since protest without trouble

The Taman Medan church that was forced to remove a cross from its building by a group of protesters last Sunday, held a trouble free prayer gathering on Friday. The drama of last Sunday, where a rowdy protest by some 50 residents, was a distant memory and had done little to affect their spirits as […]

Rationale behind cross removal shows intolerance

KUALA LUMPUR: Teresa Kok today issued a strident statement saying that Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Khalid Abu Bakar made an error when he said that the church protest was about location and not a move against Christianity. The church is in a largely Malay-Muslim neighbourhood. On Sunday, April 19, a group of 50 protestors gathered […]

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