The Lord God has told us what is right and what he demands: “See that justice is done, let mercy be your first concern, and humbly obey your God.”

Micah 6:8 (CEV)

Social Commentary

Current Issues

Umno’s last bastions: Ideology and subsidy

16 January 2014 |

The Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini famously once said of the Iranian Revolution that it is not about the price of watermelon, a popular fruit in Iran. This indicated that the Ayatollah’s politics were aiming at loftier goal, and economic hardship was even to be tolerated to achieve it. On the… Continue Reading

2013 bitter sweet, 2014 we will survive

31 December 2013 |

Like the chocolate I got for christmas, 2013 was bitter sweet. Let me serve the desserts first. I was involved in Penang Institute’s major mission to prepare a 10-year development blueprint for the Penang state government, the Penang Paradigm. I got elected on 5 May this year as a federal… Continue Reading

Everybody wants to change Malaysia but nobody wants to change himself

24 December 2013 |

Merdeka Center reported on 22nd December 2013 that Prime Minister Najib’s approval rating of 52% is an all-time low compared to the 65% when he launched the New Economic Model (“NEM”). The NEM was a response to Anwar Ibrahim’s New Economic Agenda replacing affirmative action based on race with one… Continue Reading

Who are the “poor” in Malaysia

23 December 2013 |

We live in an age which excels in broadcasting slogans and catchy phrases. Often we, the hearers, unconsciously ‘choose’ the meaning. A good example is “People first.” What does it mean? Who are “the people”? We most easily think of “the people” as ourselves, our “class” of people. We forget… Continue Reading

Mural mural on the wall

16 November 2013 |

In the same week that Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines, a different kind of storm came upon the southern city of Johor Bahru. It was a most innocuous beginning, a series of wall murals by an internationally-recognised Lithuanian-born street artist known as Ernest Zacharevic or simply Zachas. When… Continue Reading

Appeal Court inept judgment based on internet research

15 October 2013 |

The Court of Appeal in Putrajaya on 14/10/2013 over-ruled the earlier decision by Justice Lau Bee Lan in the Kuala Lumpur High Court to allow Christians (Herald) to use the word Allah. The wide ramifications of the Appeal Court decision calls for careful analysis to ascertain whether it is based… Continue Reading

Press Statements

STOP BASELESS ACCUSATIONS AND CALLS FOR “ACTION” OVER THE USE OF THE WORD “ALLAH”

10 September 2013 |

9 September 2013 CFM MEDIA STATEMENT As the hearing date of 10 September 2013 for the appeal by the Government of Malaysia against the decision of the High Court of Malaya to allow The Herald newspaper to use the word “Allah” fast approaches, the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) notes… Continue Reading

A nation for all

29 August 2013 |

CFM MEDIA STATEMENT MERDEKA DAY AND MALAYSIA DAY 2013 26th August 2013 A NATION FOR ALL This year Malaysians celebrate the 56th anniversary of Merdeka for Malaya and the 50th anniversary since the formation of Malaysia in 1963. We give thanks to Almighty God for the wisdom and strength He… Continue Reading

Conversion by single parent is unconstitutional

28 June 2013 |

Media Statement- 28 June 2013 RANG UNDANG-UNDANG PENTADBIRAN AGAMA ISLAM (WILAYAH-WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN) 2013 CONVERSION BY SINGLE PARENT IS UNCONSTITUTIONAL The Malaysian Consultative Council Of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) vehemently objects to some provisions found in the RANG UNDANG­ UNDANG PENTADBIRAN AGAMA ISLAM (WILAYAH-WILAYAH PERSEKUTUAN) 2013 tabled in… Continue Reading

Unilateral conversions of minor children are unconstitutional

18 June 2013 |

Press Release The Malaysian Bar is concerned that the controversy surrounding the unilateral conversion of minor children to the religion of Islam by a newly converted Muslim parent, without the knowledge and/or consent of the non-converting parent, has once again arisen. It has been reported that two children, aged 5… Continue Reading

From Around the Net

The Blogosphere

GE13 a referendum on media

01 March 2013 |

This must be the longest wait ever for a general election in Malaysia, and it’s impossible to hold it five years after the March 8, 2008 elections. This will also be an election that will test and assess the Malaysian media. Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was realistic when… Continue Reading

A story of Davids versus Goliaths

20 February 2013 |

As house buyers who have become the unwitting victims of the irresponsibility of other involved parties, we feel that it is our responsibility to expose the wider Malaysian public to the untold misery, the unending quest for justice, the long wait for court cases to be resolved, and then only… Continue Reading

A Muslim perspective on Christmas

25 December 2012 |

By Abdul Malik Mujahid CHRISTMAS GREETINGS Dec 25: Christmas is an annual Christian religious holiday commemorating the birth of Prophet Jesus, peace be upon him. For many Muslims who even do not celebrate the birthday of the Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, it becomes an issue of what stand… Continue Reading

The question is what will Malays gain if UMNO loses

20 December 2012 |

By Sakmongkol AK47 Everyone is free to criticize any party. DAP is no exception. DAP will readily acknowledge that it is a party far from perfect. UMNO cyber troopers can throw all the invectives but if the criticisms do not extend beyond one- liners, that will only reveal their shallowness.… Continue Reading

The toxic waste that’s not in our back yard

19 December 2012 |

By Wendy Bacon Australian-owned company Lynas is quietly shipping rare earth to a processing plant in Malaysia – without a firm plan in place to dispose of dangerous radioactive waste. Wendy Bacon reports If a manufacturing plant involving radioactive materials moved into your community, one of the first things you… Continue Reading

Human Interest

What if Margaret Thatcher had never been?

10 April 2013 |

Privatisation, finance boom, manufacturing decline, home ownership, union laws. The UK changed hugely in the 1980s. But how much of that would have happened if Margaret Thatcher had never taken office, asks historian Dominic Sandbrook. In the summer of 1970, a week after their local MP had joined the cabinet… Continue Reading

Between Good Friday and Easter: A Muslim meditation on Christ and Resurrection

01 April 2013 |

By Omid Safi The time period between Good Friday and Easter is a poignant time for me. As a Muslim, it has meaning beyond its meaning as Christian creed. Some of the great exemplars of my own life have been figures from the Christian tradition, iconic figures such as Martin… Continue Reading

Stadium collapse shows worker safety atrocious

27 February 2013 |

By SM Mohamed Idris Less than four years ago, 60 percent of the RM292 million ringgit Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium’s roof collapsed with damages between RM15 million to RM25 million. Fortunately, there were no casualties. Now, catastrophe has struck the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium again. This time with… Continue Reading

The Passing of a quiet hero

05 January 2013 |

I meet a lot of interesting people in my line of work. Smart, arrogant, generous and at times, even dangerous. One person that really stands apart, was a gentleman that I met a few months ago. Datuk Kanang anak Langkau, was the highest decorated living soldier in Malaysia. His exploits… Continue Reading

Viewpoints

Christian Reflection

3 surprising things about Good Friday

18 April 2014 |

1 – Today is Good Friday. To Christians, it’s the most holy day of the religious calendar. But ‘holy’ not in the Golden Lounge sense where there are first-class dudes and everyone else sits in crammed seats. ‘Holy’ not in the Spock sense where only ‘we’ are super-smart and know… Continue Reading

“If God was good and all-powerful, why did He cause/allow the MH370 tragedy”

01 April 2014 |

Got a question recently from one of my good pals the other day. He’s an atheist. He asked me what kind of God would allow a Boeing full of people to disappear, creating pain and heartache for the families. Needless to say, this is a popular question and one of… Continue Reading

Chinese New Year and worlds of pretend

28 January 2014 |

This Friday the Year of the Horse begins and getting an ang pow is the only time people love to see red. These flaming packets, though, come with rules. For example, you never give an ang pow if you’re not married and for those who tied the knot less than… Continue Reading

Peter’s Principles

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 86

14 July 2014 |

55. GOD’S MORNING AND EVENING 1. REJOICING COMES IN THE MORNING 30:4-5 Sing to the Lord, you saints of his; praise his holy name. v5For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favour lasts a lifetime; weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning. 2.… Continue Reading

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 85

07 July 2014 |

54. GOD’S DAY AND NIGHT (2) 2. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND NIGHT a) Day and Night 1:1-2 Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. v2But his delight is in… Continue Reading

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 84

30 June 2014 |

54. GOD’S DAY AND NIGHT (1) The word ‘day’ is mentioned at least 70 times in the Psalms. 1. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND DAY a) God Expresses His Wrath Every Day 7:11 God is a righteous judge, a God who expresses his wrath every day. b) Day And Night Your… Continue Reading

GOD IN THE PSALMS: STUDY 83

23 June 2014 |

53. GOD’S LIGHT AND DARKNESS (2) We continue our study on God’s light and darkness. 3. GOD, THE PSALMIST AND DARKNESS a) God Made Darkness His Covering 18:11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him – the dark rain clouds of the sky. b) God Turns My Darkness… Continue Reading

Intellectual Discourses

Inconvenient truths

10 December 2012 |

On the anniversary of the bombing of Pearl Harbour, it is worth reflecting again on the question: whose history do we read? Towards the end of the First World War, President Woodrow Wilson presented to the US Congress an ambitious scheme for a new international order based on democratic government,… Continue Reading

A fine-tuned and designer universe

16 October 2012 |

Precis: The precise values of the physical constants of nature and the serendipitous state (initial conditions) of the beginning of the universe all point to a cosmic designer who has fine-tuned the universe. The evidence available from contemporary science suggests that theism provides a more plausible explanation for the emergence… Continue Reading

Religious dialogue: whose responsibility? – Part 2

23 February 2012 |

The challenge of approaching ‘Dialogue’ Next, I would like to raise three concerns on the way we approach the question of interfaith relations with the aim to clarify how we may understand the challenge of inter-religious dialogue, and specifically Christian-Muslim dialogue in the case of Malaysia. These concerns are pertinent… Continue Reading

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