It is not a question of being secular in thought and expression.
The younger Christian generation may not be aware of past (and present) Catholic and Protestant acrimony, violence and bloodshed in Northern Ireland.
One of the most violent terrorist group at the times were the Catholic IRA, the Irish Republican Army. Presently, the Northern Irish political party Sinn Fein is closely associated with the once militant IRA.
There can be no denying turmoil around the world have arrived out of religious representation and misrepresentations, religious interpretation and misinterpretations, for political expediency.
In predominantly Muslim Malaysia, religion is a highly sensitive issue even though the country is hailed as a model and moderate Muslim country.
DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, in a desperate bid to divert attention away from what he knew would come to be alleged as party polls manipulation and fraud, saw it fit to raise the "Allah" issue.
That it raised religious temperatures is an understatement that needs no further elaboration.
It is a fact that the taboo word for the Pakatan Rakyat is "Hudud" and for the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, the word "Allah".
But Lim Guan Eng's plot is lost when even his party's own coalition partner has come out to declare that ‘Non-Muslims can’t use Allah’.
Pakatan Rakyat can now lay claim to fame of having two religious parties in Malaysia, PAS and the fast rising powerful Christian influenced DAP, led by Brother Lim Guan Eng and his "Allah" exploits.
Even the party of Prime Minister hopeful and hopeless Anwar Ibrahim, Parti Keadilan Rakyat, has a staunch proponent of Christian evangelism, Jimmy Chua Jui Meng.
From "Voice of Hope",
"Datuk Chua shared with us of how God has been gracious to him and his family. As a youth he had accepted Christ into his life, but through the years of studies, law practice and politics he drifted far from God. At the peak of his career, when he simply did not have time for God, he became greatly oppressed by demonic spirits. Unknown to him at that time, He had been subtly charmed and had ‘voodoo’ planted into his body. It was through fervent prayers and fasting by church leaders that he was delivered and had seven needles taken out of his body in the name of Jesus. This ordeal became the turning point in his life. Since then, his faith has been renewed and he has decided to follow his faithful Master, Jesus, doing just what a disciple of the Lord should do - preach the gospel to the nations."Ask Jimmy Chua and I am more then certain he will tell you the reason he joined PKR, revelation from God.
From Fantastic Christian Testimony Of Datuk Chua Jui Meng,
"But when I prayed, this is only the fourth testimony I’ve given because I was very reluctant earlier on to give testimonies, you know when I prayed in the spirit, the Lord told me to give a testimony, it's the duty of a Christian but testify wisely. Therefore the secrets don’t leak out. [audience laughs and claps] Testify wisely. And then again, before last night’s meeting, I was praying, you know what the Spirit of the Lord said to me? “Speak from the heart. Speak from the heart.” And that is the absolute wisdom of God. But the story just now I told you, what I want to conclude with, God and Christ are absolutely fantastic, awesome, and glorious. Glory be to God."I cannot, however, see how Jimmy Chua can justify the above statement in his delusion filled political exhortation, "Who hijacked the Death Railway money?"
"The revelation by the Japanese Embassy that it had paid compensation to the Malaysian government for families of victims of the so called “Death Railway” project in the 1940s is shocking.It came to pass his own coalition partner, PAS, had in it's online portal Harakahdaily carried a clarification from the Japanese embassy denying any such sum compensated and occassion to have been disbursed.
The sum of RM207 billion or whatever the amount must be revealed by Mahathir. He was close to the Japanese government and corporate sector when he promoted his Look East Policy aimed at enhancing trade with Japan."
Not so wise and not from God, that I am absolutely sure. Such is religious fanaticism when combined with political ambitions.
Religion does have a fruitful mix with business, however. Doyens of business having shared Christian values from YTL Community, "Challenges of Christians in Business."
The article is pretty much self-explanatory. It is what it is as the title suggests.
I only suggest one other name in that article other than Jimmy Chua, Tan Sri Chan Ah Chye.
Once in a while, religion gets embroiled with both politics and business all at the same time.
Some may have missed this, as I did. At the height of the Talamgate affair, Talam Corp had changed their name to Trinity Corp.
In October 2011, Trinity Group sued Trinity Corp for using Trinity as it re-branded from Talam Corp Bhd, which the former claims caused confusion to the public. Consequently, the High Court ordered Talam Corp “not to use the name Trinity in respect of property development in Malaysia.” Source Propertyguru.com, "Trinity Group retains right to corporate name".What I missed was this, Managing Director at Trinity Group,
Neoh said that prior to seeking legal advice, he had approached Tan Sri Chan Ah Chye, Director at Trinity Corp, to settle the case out of court yet both parties could not meet an agreeable settlement.(Also, "Trinity Group Retains Right to Its Name" at trinitygroup.com)
Trinity Corp Executive Director Chua Kim Lan said in an affidavit that Talam Corp decided to change its name to Trinity Corp for a more “holy” image after Chan and other directors’ conversion to Christianity.
Lest Catholics get confused - religion, politics and business, is not a holy trinity.
Nor is it PAS, DAP and PKR.
Update and edited 4.45pm
Prime Minister hopeful and hopeless Anwar Ibrahim, "Is Anwar admitting he'll be 'a disastrous PM'?"