Do you know?

Do you know that besides the term “Allah”, non-Muslims in Malaysia are also prohibited from using dozens other terms either orally or in writing? Different states have their own list of terms prohibited.

For example, in the state of Selangor, under the Non-Islamic Religions Enactment 1988, non-Muslims are not allowed to use:

1) Allah
2) firman Allah
3) nabi
4) mubaligh
5) syariat
6) wahyu
7) mufti
8) Kaabah
9) hadis
10) rasul
11) iman
12) ibadah
13) fatwa
14) haji
15) kiblat
16) Ilahi
17) Injil
18) ulama
19) khalifah
20) wali
21) Syeikh
22) Iman
23) dakwah
24) subhanallah
25) insya-Allah
26) astaghfirullahlah
27) masya-Allah
28) Allahuakbar

Not to be outshone, the Islamic council for the state of Melaka (MAIM) published their even longer list of prohibited terms, on Wednesday:

1) Allah
2) firman Allah
3) ulama
4) hadis
5) ibadah
6) kaabah
7) kadi
8) Ilahi
9) wahyu
10) mubaligh
11) syariat
12) kiblat
13) haji
14) mufti
15) rasul
16) iman
17) dakwah
18) solat
19) khalifah
20) wali
21) fatwa
22) imam
23) nabi
24) sheikh
25) akhirat
26) azan
27) al-Quran
28) al-Sunnah
29) hauliak
30) karamah
31) shahadah
32) masjid
33) Baitullah
34) Subhanallah
35) Alhamdulillah
36) Lailahaillallah
37) Walillahilhamd
38) Allahu Akbar
39) insya-Allah
40) Astaghfirullah Azim
41) Tabaraka Allah
42) masya-Allah
43) Lahaula Walaquata Illabillahil Azim
44) Assalamualaikum
45) Wallahi, Wabillahi
46) Watallahi
47) Auzubillah

Notice those words I bolded and coloured? I can’t believe they ban us from using those common Malay terms. So I can’t address anyone with Haji anymore even though thats part of their name? I can’t greet my Muslim friends anymore with Assalamualaikum? I can’t utter masjid (mosque) anymore? The Christian’s Holy Bible is known as Kitab Injil among the Muslims. But now they are saying that we can’t use the word Injil anymore! So how?!

Why don’t you just ban us from using your Bahasa Melayu?! That would solves any “confusions” and problems. I’m pretty sure a lot of people will be more than happy to not use that language in their exams, workplace, court or when filling up government forms.

Or maybe the Arabs should enact a law prohibiting all non-Arabs from using their Arabic language. Then all Malaysians will not be able to confuse each other with those words listed above, since more than half of those terms were borrowed from the Arabs (when they came to South East Asia to propogate Islam many centuries ago).

Will we then really be 1Malaysia finally?

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4th Church in Klang Valley Attacked?

Update: 7:23pm, Friday 8/1.

There is an unverified report of a fourth attack on churches in Klang Valley. Apparently, a church in Kampung Baru Subang was also attacked with a Molotov cocktail which failed to explode or cause any significant damage.

There are also a SMS advising Christians to remove any stickers, Bible or articles from their car. The SMS claims that some mobs are smashing cars with those said objects in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur. And there are numerous protests in KL and Shah Alam.

So far, everything points to the conclusion that this SMS is just a mere rumors as no parties can verify it or offers any eyewitnesses’ accounts. I think the best thing to do now, is NOT to forward this SMS anymore as it might spread unnecessary fear or worse, hatred or retaliation. Keep praying people!

More photos of the scene at Assumption Church & Life Chapel, as well as the Allah ruling’s protests at mosques around Klang Valley:

Translation on the banner: Not only our heads are being stepped on, even Allah is being made fun of. Jihad! Jihad ! Allah is the greatest! Allah is the greatest! Allah is the greatest!

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Attacks on churches in Klang Valley: Metro Tabernacle AOG Church

Here are some photos of the damage caused to the Metro Tabernacle Assemblies of God (AOG) Church in Desa Melawati, Ampang, Selangor. This church received the most serious damages among the 3 churches that were firebombed since pre-dawn today. The other 2 churches that were attacked are the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya (next to Assunta Hospital), and the Life Chapel in Section 17 of Petaling Jaya.

According to eye witnesses, they saw 2 men on a motorcycle stopped in front of the church, who is located in a shoplot, and threw what looks like a Molotov cocktail into the church. The fire started by the Molotovs gutted the whole of the church’s administration office, and caused significant damages to the whole of the ground floor as well. Thank God (yes I mean our Christian’s God) nobody was in the church at the time of the attack, otherwise this tragic incident will be even more tragic.

So our dear Umno-led government, is this your idea of 1Malaysia? If it is so, I have no doubt a lot of Malaysians will buy 1Way ticket out of this soon-turning-into-a-failed-state beloved country of theirs.

Just like any other peace-loving Malaysians, I was shocked, appalled, sickened and enraged when I read about these cowardice attacks this morning. My immediate reactions to this were of the sin of anger, thinking how would they feel if we burn their mosques. But I urge you all, especially my fellow brothers and sisters in Christs, we shouldn’t fight fire with fire. In times like these, we are called to show what our faith is all about. To show others what would Jesus do. To demonstrate that what’s the point of fighting over the name of God, if you can’t live a life worthy of His name?

So please, let us fight hatred with love, extreme provocative shouting with gentle & calm words, and terrorizing acts with humble prayers. Even as some of the Muslims are now demonstrating about the controversial issue of “Allah” in front of the mosques after Friday prayer, let us just spend some quiet time with our Lord..humbly ask for His divine intervention in these increasingly dark days of our nation.

Romans 8:28-39
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.

What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who is he that condemns? Christ Jesus, who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written: “For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.”

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Updated: Photos of police & other authorities at the scenes of the other 2 churches:

Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya

Life Chapel in Section 17, Petaling Jaya

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Hindu Temple Protest by Racist Malays in Shah Alam

Once again, a blatant display of racial provocation by certain group of people, after the similar provocation during the pig farm protest in Melaka last December. And once again, no action was taken against these people, even though it was a clear case of incitement of hatred, not to mention it was an illegal assembly, both an offense worthy of arrest under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

The article below is taken from

Some 50 residents enraged with the proposed relocation of a Hindu temple to their area staged a noisy protest with a severed cow’s head this afternoon.

NONEThe residents – from Section 23 in Shah Alam – who gathered after the Friday prayers, placed the head outside the gates of the state secretariat building for a short period before removing it.

“Where is Xavier? This head is for him,” shouted one of the protesters in reference to Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

Jeyakumar is one of those in charge of non-Muslim affairs in the state.

Earlier, the protesters had marched some 300m from the state mosque to the state secretariat building.

Before dispersing, several protesters spat and stomped on the cow head. The cow is considered sacred among Hindus.

Samy Vellu sees red

NONEIn an immediate reaction, MIC president S Samy Vellu condemned the protest.

“The cow is a sacred animal of the Hindus, and for this group to resort to such action, is intolerable and tantamount to challenging the freedom of religion as enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution.

“It is the right of Malaysians of any faith, including Hindus to build temples and other places of worships. I am very sad that this group had paraded the cow’s head on their way to the state secretariat building,” he said in a statement.

samy vellu exclusive on tamil schools 080708 04“We must not allow anyone to challenge or ridicule any religion in this country. I worry that this action may lead to retaliation from the Hindu community. However, I wish to urge the Hindus especially be calm and let the authorities deal with it,” he added.

Samy Vellu said MIC wants the government and the police to take action against the organisers of this protest.

They must be punished according to the law for endangering the racial harmony in this country, he added.

So while our Malaysian Prime Minister, Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak keeps promoting his 1Malaysia concept of national unity, all we can see is 2 laws, 2 types of citizenship, 2 economic rights, 2 educational opportunities, 2 housing prices, and many other 2s. 1BigJoke that’s what it is!

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Police crackdown on Anti-ISA demonstrators

Just got this picture from an email by a friend. Kekeke…found it sooo funny. Of course, no disrespect to our beloved Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM – Royal Malaysian Police) and millions of Michael Jackson’s fans out there.

Lyrics for Beat It – Michael Jackson

They told him “Don’t you ever come around here
Don’t wanna see your face, you better disappear”
The fire’s in their eyes and their words are really clear
So beat it, just beat it

You better run, you better do what you can
Don’t wanna see no blood, don’t be a macho man
You wanna be tough, better do what you can
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it, beat it
Just beat it. beat it
Just beat it, beat it

They’re out to get you, better leave while you can
Don’t wanna be a boy, you wanna be a man
You wanna stay alive, better do what you can
So beat it, just beat it

You have to show them that you’re really not scared
You’re playin’ with your life, this ain’t no truth or dare
They’ll kick you, then they beat you,
Then they’ll tell you it’s fair
So beat it, but you wanna be bad

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it
Beat it, beat it, beat it

Beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it,
No one wants to be defeated
Showin’ how funky and strong is your fight
It doesn’t matter who’s wrong or right

Just beat it, beat it

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Hannah Yeoh on Teoh Beng Hock’s Death

By Hannah Yeoh, Sin Chew Daily

I’M GOING TO share a personal story with all of you here. Back in 1990, when I was still in school, I received news that my favourite uncle (mom’s brother) had injured himself from a fall while working. He was admitted to SJMC and hours later, he passed away. My uncle was only 29 when he left us. He was one month away from getting married. He had personally renovated his house and bought new furniture in anticipation of his wedding day. I was told that he cried when his engagement ring was removed from his finger, moments before he passed away.

On the day of his burial, his pre-wedding photographs taken at the studio were delivered to us. His fiancee wept uncontrollably. Their wedding did not materialise. Their dream of beginning their lives together was shattered. Photograph of him in his groom tuxedo adorned his coffin and hearse. His parents (my grandparents) also could not participate in the funeral, just like Beng Hock’s parents. According to Chinese culture, the parents should not participate in the funeral of a child.

I can understand how Beng Hock’s nieces and nephews feel. I spent so many nights crying, longing for my favourite uncle to return. I can imagine the atmosphere in Beng Hock’s home now. My grandparents’ home was no different. One night, I shared the room with my uncle’s fiancee. I woke up to the sound of her weeping. She told me how my uncle wanted me to teach him English and that it was too late. How she was supposed to prepare soup for him for dinner but he never came home that day, it was too late.

Year after year, at every family gathering, I witnessed my grandmother crying. I saw my grandfather hiding in the kitchen, crying by himself. The loss of their son was too painful, too much for them to bear. Even on the dying bed in 2007, my grandfather was still thinking of his son – my uncle who left so prematurely at the age of 29, a month before his scheduled wedding.

Beng Hock’s death has brought painful remembrance of my personal loss. Beng Hock was my friend. I last saw him in the Dewan Annex at the Selangor State Assembly last Wednesday during our lunch break. I never imagined that that would be the last time we chatted. I am 30 years old. Beng Hock was 30 too. He would not be at MACC if he hadn’t accepted the call of public service. This race in which I have started to run to bring change in this land is not an easy one. I know some will stop running. Some may be injured running the race. I pray I will complete the race.

My sister who is indifferent to politics (like many other young people in this country) sent me a text message when I was at Nirvana Memorial Park in Semenyih the day Beng Hock was buried. She said : “Please teach me what to do in the event you are taken in by MACC too. I do not want to learn of it too late”. She must have seen the agony of Beng Hock’s siblings and realised that it could have been her going through it.

I hope my grandmother isn’t watching the news of Beng Hock’s death. She would be grieving and crying seeing Beng Hock’s mom. I hope this article doesn’t reach her. Just like how my family still remembers my late uncle some 19 years later, I know Beng Hock too would be remembered many years to come. Farewell, my friend.

(Yeoh is DAP assemblywoman for Subang Jaya and a regular columnist Sin Chew Daily)

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The Taiping Methodist Girl School’s Controversy

Just received this email regarding the Taiping’s SMK Treacher Methodist Girl School from a leader of my church. It is kinda sad that I am not entirely surprised to find out that things like this are still happening in this supposedly harmonious multi-racial country. And chances are, religiously-sensitive controversies like this aren’t going to be published on national newspapers.

Read it, then pray for them and our nation..not just boiled in anger and hatred.

Prayer Intercessors,

Received an sms from Bro. *name taken out* via Rev. *name taken out*.  Please uphold the Taiping MGS Teachers as they had planned to organize the 120th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service in their school on this Saturday, March 14  at 9:30am but the Jabatan Pelajaran Perak Officers came to the school and said cannot.  They want the School Anniversary Thanksgiving Service to be cancelled.  Principal of the school says he will lock the gates.  Matter is being brought up to the Education Ministry level.  Bottom line is that the school teachers will go ahead as planned.  Please rally prayers by forwarding this email to as many prayer intercessors. 

*name taken out for privacy & safety reasons*