Friday, July 27, 2012

CFM LETTER TO THE MALAYSIAN CHURCHES & CHRISTIANS ON THE FORTHCOMING 13th GENERAL ELECTIONS - STAND OF THE MALAYSIAN CATHOLIC CHURCH?

Readers, especially Catholics, please do correct me If am wrong. Also, I welcome and will appreciate anyone who can enlighten me.

What exactly is the Christian Federation of Malaysia?

According to Wikipedia - The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) is an ecumenical umbrella body in Malaysia that comprises the Council of Churches of Malaysia (mainline Protestants and Oriental Orthodox), National Evangelical Christian Fellowship (Evangelicals) and the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia (Roman Catholic). Formed in 1985, the CFM brought together the major expressions of Christianity in Malaysia in a broad-based ecumenical body and a unified voice in dealing with the government as well as other religious and secular bodies in the country.

I have linked CCM and NECF.

As for Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia there is no official website (as far as I am aware) but individual archdiocese websites, as examples - Archdioceses of Kuala Lumpur, Penang and Malacca.

This is a "CFM LETTER TO THE MALAYSIAN CHURCHES & CHRISTIANS ON THE FORTHCOMING 13th GENERAL ELECTIONS" which calls on Christian voters to "VOTE WISELY, VOTE FOR A BETTER MALAYSIA" -
In terms of our vision for a better Malaysia, CFM encourages Malaysian Christians to think about the following priorities:

A nation guided by the ethics of respect for human dignity. This means a nation where its citizens are engaged fairly as equals, and their rights respected in accordance with the provisions as guaranteed under the Federal Constitution. Such a nation treats its citizens with understanding, honesty and mutual respect.

A nation where extremism of all kinds is rejected and quickly curtailed. Racial and religious bigotry, manipulation and lies that have now come to define the social sphere, the print media and political posturing must end immediately.

A nation free of corruption, putting in place strengthened state and public institutions whose members conduct themselves with integrity, transparency and accountability.

A nation that works towards the fair and equitable distribution of wealth and ensuring well-being for all, regardless of citizenship status, ethnicity or creed. Every citizen and every community should be empowered and enabled to pursue economic activity and achieve advancement duly and fairly supported by the government where needed and necessary without favour or discrimination and without being overly or unfairly supported by the state.

A nation where care for the environment is privileged over self-seeking capitalism and where its political leaders weigh all decisions with ecological interest and sustainability as an essential aspect of development.

A nation where language and education are de-linked from political expedience.

A nation where elitism and inequality is not rampant and people are recognised and respected as human beings and not discriminated against due to social position, educational attainment, political beliefs, gender, race or religion.

A nation where religious freedom to profess, practice and propagate one's religion is allowed to flourish without undue curtailment from the law, restrictions or even prohibition.
This posting is not to criticise the above of the "letter" which one easily can and I may in due course.

The above "letter" is carried by the NECF dated 18th July 2012 here.

It is not carried by the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) which is none of my concern but raises a question. In fact, it is not even carried by Bishop Ng Moon Hing's own Anglican website here.

Although it is carried by the Archdiocese of Malacca, which also raises a question, it is not carried (at time of this post) by The Herald, the online news portal of the Malaysian Catholic church.

Therefore my initial questions are:

1. Is this an authentic/official letter from the Christian Federation of Malaysia, CFM and when was it dated?

2. If so, is it endorsed by the all of the Archdioceses of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia.

3. If so, why was the "letter" not published by The Herald?

Update 1.08 PM

A cursory check with the website of dioceses of Kota Kinabalu, Keningau, Kuching, Sibu, and Miri has no mention of this CFM letter.

Update 2.03 PM

While there is no official website for Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia there is a Catholic Bishops' Conference of Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei and it's mission statement at the Catholic Diocese of Malacca-Johore, here.

5 comments:

seademon said...

Is someone trying to sow the seeds of religious/racial hatred?

Freddie Kevin said...

seademon,

In a sense, it would seem so. Looking at the "priorities" one cannot be blamed to query as you have. There are definitely other subtle messages apart from racial/religious overtones. From your angle, baiting a particular response is one possibility.

Thank you for the comment.

Best regards
Freddie

Tony Yew said...

I have written about this before, how church officials (lets get straight to the point - Priests) have in the past used the pulpit to spread anti government messages using God as an excuse.

I am all for a clean and fair government, but how is using words like 'murderer, rascists UMNO, corrupt leaders (I will support it if he meant Khir Toyo, because he is already found guilty, but to condemn a condemned man with the pulpit? hardly christian, izit?), and lets vote wisely, vote PR??!!

how is that any worse than the Ulama who uses the mosque to do the same?

I have no qualms seeing a religious man enter the political fray, so go ahead and leave the church and declare your wishes, but dont use the pulpit for these words of hate.

as for the Malaccan archdiocese, forget you not of Bishop Paul Tan's origins. Matter of fact, as I know it, his team of priests are all 'aligned' and are using the church to convince churchgoers to vote 'wisely' i.e PR!

wot be surprise if this was his own personal letter using the federation......use to have so much respect for him! safe to say not anymore......

Freddie Kevin said...

Dear Tony Yew,

I guess you see my point. It is pure propaganda, subtle opposition propaganda.

Just checked at The Herald online and still no mention of any CFM letter only got that May 13 fellow, KKS, more or less along the same lines as CFM letter but more bashing.

Same KKS rrticle in the print Herald as well. Picked it up yesterday at sunset.

Buang batu sorok tangan.

Want to laugh but not a laughing matter.

Thanks for gracing this blog and comment.

Best regards
Freddie

Freddie Kevin said...

@Tony Yew

*Same KKS article in the print Herald as well. Picked it up yesterday at sunset.

FK