Utusan Melayu Dishonestly Rabble Rousing Tensions Against Christians


UPDATE 13 May 2011: Now we know the REAL reason this ‘Christian PM’ controversy was manufactured!

From Malaysian Insider:

Drop demands over ‘Allah’, Alkitab to show sincerity, Perkasa tells Christians

KUALA LUMPUR, May 13 — Datuk Ibrahim Ali challenged today the sincerity of church leaders who pledged yesterday to respect Islam, asking why they still insisted on using the word “Allah” and having Malay bibles.

The Perkasa chief said his organisation was relieved the “Christian priests have given their pledge… to respect Islam as the official religion of the federation” after Umno’s Utusan Malaysia published a presumed plot to install a Christian instead of a Muslim as prime minister and usurp Islam’s position in the Federal Constitution.

“In that case, if they really respect why are they so insistent to have the bible in Malay and why is God not translated as Tuhan but Allah until it has to go to court?” the Pasir Mas MP said to The Malaysian Insider in a text message.

But Ibrahim said the story should serve as a “reminder” and told the home ministry it should act against the Chinese media and bloggers.

“What Utusan has done has benefit as a reminder. Apart from cautioning or calling the chief editor of Utusan, KDN must also be stern with the Chinese media, bloggers who write and insult Islam,” he said.

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Hey, it’s Spew-tusan we’re talking about. Of course they’re gonna be spreading dissent and hysteria without an ounce of proof, ethics and regard for national harmony (or shame for that matter).

Via Lim Kit Siang’s blog, from Malaysian Insider:

Christian leaders want PM to act against Utusan

GEORGE TOWN, May 9 — The Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) said today it is “aggrieved” that Utusan Malaysia has been allowed to publish and spread what it called “dangerous lies” that have stirred religious unrest, and wants the prime minister to take immediate action against the Umno-owned paper.

In a joint statement with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, the Christian umbrella body, representing over 90 per cent of churches in the country, said they were concerned that the Malay-language daily has been “spreading dangerous lies that make Christians the object of hate and incite hatred against Christians that may lead to undesirable consequences”.

“We sincerely and strongly urge the prime minister and the home minister to take action against Utusan Malaysia for printing and spreading such dangerous lies that have disturbed the multi-religious harmony of society, created fear and uneasiness amongst Malaysians, especially Christians,” it said.

The CFM, which counts the Roman Catholic Church, the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) and the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia (NECF) in its membership, said Christian pastors and churches have always prayed for the nation’s peace, unity and harmony among all races as well as a leadership that is honest and just.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, also denied that he and his party had asked the clerics to pray for divine intervention or to form a Christian state and have a Christian become prime minister.

Lim said as chief minister he will continue to meet with Christian leaders, bishops or pastors just as he has been meeting with Muslim clerics, Buddhist or Hindu monks.

Utusan carried a front-page article on Saturday claiming the DAP was conspiring with Christian leaders to take over Putrajaya and abolish Islam as the country’s official religion.

The report, based on blog postings by several pro-Umno bloggers, had charged the DAP with sedition for allegedly trying to change the country’s laws to allow a Christian prime minister, pointing to a grainy photograph showing what they described as a secret pact between the opposition party and pastors at a hotel in Penang on Wednesday.

The NECF, together with partners Global Day of Prayer, Marketplace Penang and Penang Pastors Fellowship, said the claims against their community were lies, and has refuted the bloggers’ allegations.

Similarly, DAP leaders have denied the report and have accused Utusan of lying and have lodged police reports over the matter.

But the newspaper has continued pushing its unsubstantiated racial and religious rhetoric despite the explanations.

“Now there are attempts by some quarters to anger the majority of this country… the suggestion for Christianity to be made an official religion of the country as well as a Christian prime minister from that religious group cannot be accepted,” Utusan said in an editorial today.

The editorial insisted that Islam is the official religion of the country under Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution, and that other races had no choice but to accept this as a fact.

“For over 50 years since our country achieved its independence, what is in our minds is that Islam is the official religion of Malaysia… this cannot be changed without amendments on the parliamentary level and sanctioned by the Conference of Rulers. We believe this is unlikely to happen,” the editorial said.

But Article 3(1) of the Federal Constitution only states that “Islam is the religion of the Federation; but other religions may be practised in peace and harmony in any part of the Federation.”

Likewise, Article 43(2)(a) of the constitution states “the Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall appoint as Perdana Menteri (Prime Minister) to preside over the Cabinet a member of the House of Representatives who in his judgment is likely to command the confidence of the majority of that House”.

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If it were anyone else… Immediate ISA and stripped of its print license!

As Teresa Kok reveals:

In 2006, China Press was made to sack its two top editors after it wrongly identified the woman in the “nude squat” incident as a Chinese national.

In 2006, the Sarawak Tribune was suspended for publishing a disrespectful image of the Prophet Muhammad.

In 2006, Guang Ming evening edition too was suspended for two weeks for publishing the same image

In 2007, Makkal Osai was suspended for 1 month for publishing a disrespectful image of Jesus Christ.

In 2008, Sin Chew reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the Internal Security Act, not for any wrongdoing but for reporting the truth that Umno division chief Ahmad Ismail’s had described the Chinese as mere squatters in Malaysia.

In 2008, I too was a victim of Utusan Malaysia’s irresponsible journalism when it falsely reported that I had forbidden the call of the azan by a mosque in my Kinrara constituency, leading to my detention under the Internal Security Act.

In 2010, China Press chief editor Teoh Yang Koon was suspended for two weeks for misreporting Inspector-General of Police Musa Hassan’s resignation.

Thus, Hishammuddin should not practice double standards in his handling of Utusan Malaysia whose repeated malicious reporting has gone far beyond the point of mere cautioning.

But as we already know, Spewtusan enjoys a blatant double standard when it comes to sedition.

As Free Malaysia Today says:

The mainstream media, for as long as they pander to the government, enjoy immunity from public prosecution. But Utusan Malaysia has earned a special place within this untouchable clique simply by the virtue of being owned by Umno.

This privilege has spawned relentless attacks on the opposition and increasingly frequent inflammatory reports on race and religion.

All too true… All Spew-tusan gets is a warning letter!

Just like how Ahmad ‘Pendatang’ Ismail only got a 3-year ‘suspension’ from UMNO, while the Sin Chew reporter who truthfully publicized his hateful utterances got ISAed!

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On a tip from hutchrun, from Malaysia Today:

Who let that Big Dog Out? He is barking maliciously most characteristically in his concrete jungle of lies.

The blogger known as Big Dog who happily did his ridiculous spin about DAP and Christians and has to date got away scot free, seems to be barking to the tune of his political masters.

He and Marahku (allegedly Shamsul Yunos) lit a seditious spark of venomous hatred with their articles that were carried by Utusan Malaysia.

Recent statements by the Home Minister (who really belongs at home) and the MISInformation Communication and Culture Ministry show how they need not hold the leash to Big Dog’s fat neck because they let this Big Bully Dawg run around rabid style.

Remember – the Home Minister in Dec 16, 2009 took umbrage against bloggers and declared: “There is no credibility in some of their postings while articles are fabricated and sensationalised in an attempt to gain popularity. Local journalists adhered to ethics but these bloggers did not, and this was what differentiated the journalists from these bloggers.”

Now that this Bully Dawg is singing his tune, his comment is: “This type of movement can be deemed as incitement and can put the whole country in jeopardy.

No wonder Big Dog is running wild and free in the streets!

That aside, let’s look at Big Dog’s tendency to spew malicious and evil lies.

Emmanuel Joseph has a letter in Malaysia Today that should clue you in on what this latest Spewtusan-championed smear is really all about.

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UPDATE: 13 May 2011: Teresa Kok wants Spew-tusan’s license to spew revoked! She of all people know what kind of unethical, lowlife spew they are capable of!


15 Responses to “Utusan Melayu Dishonestly Rabble Rousing Tensions Against Christians”

  1. Simon Thong Says:

    Jeff Ooi was quoted as saying, “I suspect the Special Branch has infiltrated the pastors… some of them didn’t want to shake my hand,” he told The Malaysian Insider, when asked how the photograph of the closed-door event made its way onto the websites.

    Does he mean that some of the pastors knew that Special Branch was there? Or that some of the pastors were reporting to Special Branch?

    Well, why should we be surprised that SB is everywhere? They attend church services and secretly tape the sermons. They are Christians also, and surely are sent to infiltrate meetings.

  2. Simon Thong Says:

    Written by Bernama
    Monday, 09 May 2011 20:43
    PUTRAJAYA: The police have received nine reports against a newspaper on its claim that a group of Christian leaders wanted Christianity to be the country’s official religion.

    Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said four of the reports were from Penang, Alor Setar (two), and Kuantan, Ipoh and Sepang, Selangor (one each).

    He said investigations into the allegation would be carried out thoroughly as directed by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

    “Our focus is to investigate whether there was any truth in the report and on the newspaper’s (Utusan Malaysia) decision to play up a sensitive issue,” he said in a statement here today.

    Utusan Malaysia carried a front report on Saturday quoting two blogs which claimed that a meeting had taken place in Penang, attended by Christian leaders who wanted Christianity to be an official religion of Malaysia.

    Hishammuddin said the report was very sensitive and all quarters should know that it was not wise to raise such matter for it could lead to chaos and anxieties among the people.

    “At this stage, we still could not make any conclusion or accuse any quarters based on the newspaper report.

    “The prime minister, in response to the media yesterday, called on all quarters to remain calm and not to exploit the allegation for it will not benefit anybody,” said Hishammuddin.

    He said the quagmire called for media practitioners to be more sensitive and responsible, more so in a plural society like Malaysia.

    Walau, so kind to utusan, which umno owns…not even a warning that utusan may lose its permit to publish!

  3. Simon Thong Says:

    By Susan Loone
    May 9, 11 4:26pm | Malaysiakini

    The Christian Federation of Malaysia has refuted allegations that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng or the DAP ever asked its pastors to pray for Malaysia to be established as a Christian state or to have a Christian Prime Minister.

    Following a 90-minute meeting between Lim and the federation in Komtar today, both parties issued a joint statement saying Christian churches and pastors have always prayed for blessings for the nation.

    “We have also prayed for peace, unity and harmony among the races and for a leadership that is honest and just,” said Lim, who read out the statement in the presence of about 50 representatives of the federation.

    “Christian pastors and churches are aggrieved that such outright lies can be published in the mass media,” he said.

  4. turkish Says:

    The crafty Harussani, Muftea of Perak is planning to overthrow the Govt. and establish a Ayatollahate which will be the begining of the Malay Caliphate.

  5. Simon Thong Says:

    SPEAK UP! :: theSun Says
    Media must act responsibly

    ON MONDAY, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein stated that “it is important for all media practitioners to understand the sensitivity of issues concerning religion and race” and that “this should be taken into account before reports are published”.

    A very commendable statement indeed by someone in charge of national security and public order especially when some alarm bells rang over a newspaper’s front-page report that alleged a group of Christian pastors pledged at a meeting last week to elect a Christian prime minister and to make Christianity the religion of the Federation of Malaysia.

    It was an irresponsible piece of writing anywhere in the world but especially more so in multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-racial Malaysia. It could have sparked some ugly incidents to happen like what happened in the days following the decision by the High Court to allow the word “Allah” to be used in the Malay version of a church newsletter.

    It was indeed a serious matter, so serious that it took no less a person than Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak to appeal for calm. That nothing happened clearly demonstrates the maturity and intelligence of Malaysians who knew that the offending news report was based on nothing more than figments of some people’s fertile imagination and conjecture often overheard at village and roadside coffee stalls.
    ………………………………..
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    Some police reports had been lodged against the newspaper and as usual “police are investigating”.

    Hishammuddin knew that what was reported was a very sensitive matter, something that “should not be raised by any party as this could cause chaos and anxiety among the people”, yet all he could say was “we cannot as yet make any conclusion or accuse any party based on media reports”.

    This has left many people to wonder whether the authorities would be gripped by similar inaction had a similar report been carried by another newspaper.

    On April 27, theSun said: Same standards must apply to all media. This followed another front-page report by Utusan Malaysia which had caused some unease among some communities in the country. When asked about that report, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin remarked something about the media being free to express the feelings of a community but added that it must be done responsibly.

    As for the recent report on the alleged attempt to make Christianity the religion of the federation, all the rakyat can do is to wait.

  6. Simon Thong Says:

    Press Release: Reject attempts by Utusan Malaysia to instil fear and spread falsehood PDF Print E-mail
    Monday, 09 May 2011 05:22pm
    ImageThe Malaysian Bar is deeply concerned about the report that appeared on the front page of Utusan Malaysia on Saturday, 7 May 2011, entitled “Malaysia negara Kristian?”

    Without offering any evidence save references to postings by bloggers, which do not appear to have been separately and independently verified, Utusan Malaysia saw fit to publish this story. Given the highly controversial nature of the alleged story, it is incumbent on any self-respecting newspaper to ensure that its reporting is fact-checked. To have printed such a story without checking with the subjects of the alleged incidents is highly irresponsible on the part of Utusan Malaysia, and is nothing short of gutter journalism.

    What concerns the Malaysian Bar further is the fact that Utusan Malaysia appears to be able to offer such so-called journalism in a climate of impunity. Instead of questioning Utusan Malaysia’s journalistic conduct and ethics, the immediate responses from the Ministers in charge of home affairs and communications were to order investigations into the alleged incidents themselves.

    etc..etc…

    Lim Chee Wee
    President
    Malaysian Bar

    9 May 2011

  7. Simon Thong Says:

    The Star online
    Published: Thursday May 12, 2011 MYT 3:47:00 PM
    Updated: Thursday May 12, 2011 MYT 4:42:01 PM
    PM Najib: Christian leaders have no intention of disputing Islam’s position

    PUTRAJAYA: Christian leaders in the country have pledged that they respect the position of Islam as Malaysia’s official religion and have no intention of challenging the provision enshrined in the Federal Constitution, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

    The Prime Minister said the leaders had also given their undertaking to cooperate in nurturing peace and harmony between the various faiths so that Malaysia would continue to be a peaceful and prosperous nation.

    “I am glad to inform that Christian leaders have given two very important and meaningful undertakings (today),” he told reporters after attending a luncheon with the Christian leaders at his office, here Thursday.

  8. Simon Thong Says:

    Published: Thursday May 12, 2011 MYT 6:05:00 PM
    Utusan issued letter of caution over ‘Kristian Agama Rasmi?’ article
    PUTRAJAYA: Utusan Malaysia has been issued a letter of caution by the Home Ministry for its article ‘Kristian Agama Rasmi? (Christianity the official religion?)’ that was published on May 7.

    Deputy secretary-general (security) Datuk Abdul Rahim Mohd Radzi, in a statement Thursday, said Utusan’s chief editor was called to the ministry on Thursday to explain the article, which contradicted the Printing Presses and Publishing Act 1984.

  9. Simon Thong Says:

    Blogger behind Christian Malaysia report deletes posts?
    Syed Jaymal Zahiid Free Malaysia Today
    | May 10, 2011
    KUALA LUMPUR: The blogger responsible for Utusan Malaysia’s Malaysian Christian conspiracy report, marahku.blogspot.com, appeared to have deleted all posts related to the allegation amid escalating racial tension between the country’s Christian and conservative Muslim communities.

    A check by FMT showed all posts on the issue have been removed or deleted from the pro-Umno blog just as Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein revealed that nine police reports had been lodged against Utusan and those behind the allegation.

  10. Kwek Says:

    As minorities in this country, we have been taught to swallow our dissatisfactions regardlessly. It made us stronger than the rest. Don’t expect apologies and more importantly, actions against the press and the blogers. Just another drama in daily Malaysia life.

  11. simonthongwh Says:

    Simon Thong Wee Hing
    Don’t trust politicians! Especially this one.

    May 13, 2011 by simonthongwh
    http://simonthongwh.wordpress.com/
    simonthongwh
    simonthongwh.wordpress.com
    After the meeting between leaders of the church and the PM, you would think that he would have instructed his Home Minister not to badmouth Christians even more. Yet here he is, the Home Minister:

  12. simonthongwh Says:

    Reported in Free Malaysia Today

    KUALA LUMPUR: Without mincing his words, a Catholic bishop criticised his fellow Christian leaders for allowing themselves to be used by the government to “please the other side”.

    Instead of telling Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak the truth, Bishop Paul Tan of the Malacca-Johor diocese said the Christian leaders had become like “sheep being led to their slaughter.”

    Commenting on the news reports on the meeting between Najib and the Christian leaders, led by the Malaysian Christian Federation (MCF) chairman Bishop Ng Moon Hing yesterday, Tan told FMT that he was extremely disappointed with the outcome.

    “I was not at the meeting, so I don’t know what transpired and whether the newspapers reported the entire discussion. But if the news reports are true, then I am displeased and disgusted,” he said.

    The luncheon meeting was held amid the raging controversy surrounding a Utusan Malaysia report which alleged that a Christian coup was in the making, with Christian leaders and DAP colluding to undermine the position of Islam.

    For more, see
    http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/2011/05/13/christian-leaders-led-to-their-slaughter/

  13. simonthongwh Says:

    It’s not over until the Fat Lady sings. Here’s the latest twist in this saga of the twisted tongues (read: Utusan and 2 bloggers): a previously loyal DAP member has lodged a new report on the alleged ‘Christian plot’ to takeover Putrajaya was coerced into doing so.

    Falling short of calling it an “Umno plot”, Ooi, who is also DAP national central executive committee member, said 42-year-old Mohamed Razali Abdul Rahman was treated like a “brother”.

    “We don’t know what is his intent to file the report five days after we lodged a report denying that there was a Christian conspiracy.

    “In fact, he was the one who personally asked me to make the report and accompanied me on May 8 to the police station,” said Ooi, adding that he was saddened by the new development.

    I bet you that this 1 report will outweigh the reports of all the Christian pastors.

  14. simonthongwh Says:

    simonthongwh on POLICE PROBE INTO UTUSAN MALAYSIA article “Kristian agama rasmi” completed

  15. simonthongwh Says:

    simonthongwh on POLICE PROBE INTO UTUSAN MALAYSIA article “Kristian agama rasmi” completed

    What will be the recommendation of the police?

    I think: nothing will be done. Utusan already told be more responssible. Bloggers already told to be more responsible, or had withdrawn their statements.

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