But it was a very, very, much watered down call to continue praying. For UBAH, though it was not said directly this time, I dare venture to say.
That contemptible fellow Brother Anwar Bin Ibrahim, not content with the opposition's best showing at any general election, is taking matters into his own selfish hands putting cart before horse, with his band of unmerry men taking to the streets to usurp a democratically elected government.
Before proceeding please read, "Rallies? Demonstrations? Stop This Madness!" and
"Election petitions: The standard of proof — Art Harun". And for the impressionable younger generation voters, please take some time to visit the Election Commission portal for the 13th GE, especially the "Voters Guide" or "Pendidikan Pengundi".
Coming back to the subject at hand, if I and others like myself had thought the end of GE 13 would also be the end of politics in support of the opposition from the pulpit, out comes that idiot Bishop, Bishop Paul Tan with his histrionics and pseudo justifications.
Free Malaysia Today, "Bishop: Polls anything but free and fair"
As far as I am concerned, he does not deserve the honorific "Reverend", for I do not revere him. And to coin a familiar phrase, neither is he my father.
"Bishop Paul Tan said this in reference to the report of the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS) and Centre for Public Policy Studies (CPPS).However, "Tan, who heads the Malacca and Johor diocese, conceded that he could be wrong but stressed that he was morally obliged to speak out at this time because of the immorality practiced before and during GE13".
“IDEAS and CPPS have done an interim report. In it, there is this conclusion: ‘GE13 was only partially free and not fair’. I find it difficult to believe that the report could conclude this…
“But when it concluded ‘only partially free’ for the three reasons given that are fraught with irregularities as reported in the said report, the people involved are not objective,” he said.
“From the multiple examples of irregularities arrived in the report, permit me to use a stronger phrase than that of IDEAS and CPPS: GE13 is anything but transparently ‘free and fair’,” he added."
Well, that says it all.
When the Bishop concedes that he could be wrong why then is there a need for all the pontification?
Bishop Paul Tan coming out with his contempt for and could have been attributed to the fact that IDEAS and CPPS on the election report, had said,
"the conduct of the electoral process on nominations, campaigning, polling and results declaration were by the book and proper, with no really serious breaches of protocol that could be observed to skew the polls process"The justification, quote,
"Tan said while he obeyed the Catholic Church’s teaching that clerics must not take sides in partisan politics, he noted that the church also taught that clerics must speak out against immoralities and against all that go against human rights"All I can say is, Bishop Paul Tan go tell all the "Fathers" that have taken a partisan position in preaching support for the opposition from the pulpit, rather, to thank God there has been no cases in Malaysia of sexual and immoral assault of alter boys which is a worse abuse of human rights.
Of course, I am not saying or implying that Bishop Paul Tan is encouraging Catholics to take to the streets. Did I?
By the way, what Bishop Tan is telling Catholics, like me, who have voted for the BN - we are all immoral and condone human rights abuses.
The first stone has been cast.