I can understand that being the Pope, naturally, the Head of the Catholic Christians of the world will just do what he needs to in order to further his faith’s interests.
The Asia News website carries news and views that champions their Christian belief and I am all fine with that.
What I am not that happy about is the blatant lie that the website publishes as a matter of fact about how things are here in Malaysia.
Those who do not know the reality here will just swallow each and every word that the Christian news site publishes and accepts it as the absolute truth as it is coming from the Pope’s office, no less. Read an excerpt of the misleading offensive paragraph from the page.
” Under Malaysia’s current constitution, Malaysian citizens who are ethnic Malays are ipso facto Muslim, speak the national language and practice its culture. Hence, anyone who renounces Islam is no longer considered Malay.”
This is the kind of misreporting that damages the reality of how things are and how such blatant lying by an organization as important as one which represents the Pope of the Christians fuels the ongoing mistrusts and cold war raging between the Christians and the Muslims of this world.
How the hell can a Malay be another ethnicity by just apostatizing from Islam? Unless of course the particular Malay goes forth and does a ‘Michael Jackson’!
You know, change the facial features and skin color and all the usual run of the mill stuff?
Anyone can go embrace anything and change this and that but he or she can’t change who they are.
The argument might be that the Malaysian Government has that clause in the Federal Constitution but in reality the Malays have not been so bloody strict in vetting the entrance into their fold of various native citizens of Malaysia and those from the Indian Muslim fold to pass themselves off as Malays.
Such blatant misreporting further adds to the hatred brought about by similar irresponsible reporting by certain quarters exactly as this one from the Pope’s media outlet.
I ask that all Christians and Muslims of the world and especially those of us living here in Malaysia to speak up and condemn these kind of misreporting that will only go towards driving the wedge between us deeper and drive us further from religious tolerance and understanding between us all, no matter where we are in this world.
‘El Papa’, you have some serious repentance to do, sir! Shame on you for allowing these to be!