THE BIBLE HAS BEEN TWISTED? APOLOGIZE IMMEDIATELY – SARAWAK CHURCHES DEMAND PAS’ ‘PhD’ MP WITHDRAWS HIS ‘INSULTING’ REMARK

ACS chairman Archbishop Simon Poh said it wanted Nik Muhammad Zawawi to apologise to all Christians and retract his statement.  “Such insensitive statements with strong allegations against another religion should never be allowed to stand without being rectified. It goes against the spirit of the Federal Constitution and MA63, which guarantee the right of all citizens to religious freedom,” he said in a statement today.

The PAS man had made the claim during his debate on the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 in Parliament that, “the Gospel is distorted or changed”

Nik Muhammad Zawawi had also said that no religion allows its followers to drink, which Poh described as  an unsubstantiated sweeping statement.

“Though the learned PAS MP Pasir Puteh cited these as coming from his PhD research in comparative religion, and is using them to state his point against consumption of alcohol during his debate on the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 in Parliament, ACS strongly condemns these insensitive statements against other religions and in particular Christianity,” he said in the statement.

Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh had said in Parliament that Christian Bible has been twisted on the issue of drinking alcohol. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, August 29, 2020.

Poh said he will only respond to the remarks on the Gospel being distorted instead.

“I will not be drawn into making claims nor speaking on behalf of the teaching or tenets of other religions as had been done by YB Pasir Puteh,” he said.

Poh said it is unacceptable these statements were  recorded in the hansard of the Dewan Rakyat Parlimen on August 26 at 2.57pm.

He said in Sarawak, harmonious living through mutual respect and acceptance is highly treasured.

He said ACS respects the right of every person to their opinion, but the association rejects insulting any religion.

“Political leaders are to set the example of civility, and work for harmony for the common good of all people. As citizens of Malaysia, ACS holds the Dewan Rakyat in highest regard and believes that all issues are to be addressed in a rational and civil manner.” – THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

Sarawak churches tell PAS MP to apologise, withdraw claims Bible twisted

KUCHING –  The Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) has demanded Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Salleh retract his remarks in Parliament claiming the Bible has been distorted from its original meaning.

ACS chairman Archbishop Simon Poh said the association also wanted the PAS lawmaker to tender a public apology to all Christians.

Nik Zawawi uttered the remarks during the debate on the Road Transport (Amendment) Bill 2020 to propose heavier fines for drink driving offenders on August 26.

He stressed that ACS considered Nik Zawawi’s remarks a direct insult against Christians regarding the Bible, which they consider the most sacred text of their faith.

The Christian leader said it was unacceptable that the Islamist party’s leaders were now permanently recorded in Parliament’s Hansard from its proceedings on August 26.

Nik Zawawi’s misrepresentation of the Bible was inflammatory and disrespectful of those seeking to live in peace and harmony both in Sarawak and the rest of Malaysia, he said.

“When this becomes an insult against religion, ACS strongly rejects such a form of religious imposition from the PAS MP on Christianity and other religions,” he said, adding that political leaders are to set the example of civility, and work for harmony for the common good of all people.

He said the association holds the Dewan Rakyat in the highest regard and believes that all issues are to be addressed in a rational and civil manner, but crossing the boundaries into religious insensitivity with insults against sacred texts and teaching of religions was wholly inappropriate.

The PAS elected representative made the remarks to support his claim that all faiths forbade the consumption of liquor. MALAY MAIL

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