5 February 2018
Sarawak churches demand Ku Nan rescind remarks against Christians
KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 5 — The Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) has insisted that a federal minister apologise for claiming Christian leaders used their houses of worship to criticise the government.
Unconvinced by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor’s claim that his speech was “misinterpreted” by a news portal, ACS said the offending remarks could affect how the Christian community was viewed in Malaysia.
“As Christians approach the season of Lent, it comes as a shock and with deep sadness for the Church to be accused by the minister of spreading lies against the government,” ACS said in a statement.
“It is unfair to accuse Christian of spreading fake news or lies in Church when we are observing World Interfaith Harmony week along with the various charitable and educational functions of the Church.”
The group told the minister commonly called Ku Nan that he should be working to improve interfaith relations in the country and reminded him to respect the constitutional rights of Malaysians to practise their faith in peace.
4 February 2018
Ku Nan says church remarks misconstrued
Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor claims his remarks about church sermons earlier today were misconstrued.
“I did not say churches were places where slander is spread. I only gave a reminder for houses of worship to continue their respective religious activities, and not become a centre for the spread of fake news which can spur hatred for the government,” he said in a statement.
Earlier today at a 1Federal Territories luncheon in Kuala Lumpur, Tengku Adnan had urged churches not to speak untruths.
At a press conference later, he reportedly said churches had allegedly spread fake news based on Persatuan Hindraf Malaysia (PHM) chief P Waytha Moorthy’s claim that the minister had lied about an RM50 million allocation for Indian housing loans.
Tengku Adnan clarified that his message was not aimed solely at churches and that he was not opposed to churches.
“I myself have defended a plot of land so that it can be used to build a church in Kampung Pandan Indah.
“I only referred to churches as an example, because my message is to all houses of worship including mosques, suraus, and temples,” he said.
Stop spreading lies about the government in church, Ku Nan warns https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/35921 Great job Ku Nan the Kuman! Just within 1 day, u have disrespected Tun Siti & Tun M on their age & now making a direct warning towards Christians in Msia with no concrete basis!
Ku Nan says church remarks misconstrued https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/411022#.WnXT7FikPv8.twitter …” We know what he said. Question is his remarks about preaching f lies in churches, his personal view or umno’s view?
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3 February 2018
Council of Churches shocked by Ku Nan’s remarks
The Council of Churches of Malaysia has expressed shock at remarks made by Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor urging churches not to speak untruths in their sermons.
“This is an unfounded statement and calls into question the spiritual integrity and witness of the church in imparting the faith in line with the Gospel as revealed in the holy scriptures.
“It is an affront to the church for the minister to insinuate that our religious duty in preaching during worship services are ‘lies’ because it is critical of societal issues,” Council of Churches general secretary Reverend Hermen Shastri said in a statement this evening.
Hermen said it was sad that Tengku Adnan would make such remarks.
“I do not think the minister knows that churches spend more time praying for the nation and leaders, that they act and rule justly which is what God wills from human beings on Earth.
“It is sad that the minister has decided to make such a derogatory statement about Christians when the government is observing the World Interfaith Harmony Week,” the reverend said.
He added that Tengku Adnan should be “applauding the fact” that Malaysian religious communities had helped make the nation what it is today by teaching their people about justice, peace and harmony.
Stop spreading lies about the government in church, Ku Nan warns
CHRISTIANS should not use the church to spread fake news and lies that put the federal government in a bad light, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said today.
Tengku Adnan, who is also known as Ku Nan, said that the church should be a place to “disseminate God’s will” and not for Christian leaders to share their personal grouses.
“I also want to beg my Christian friends, whatever you want to do in the church, please don’t use the church as a place to talk about things that are not true,” he said at the Kenduri 1Wilayah Persekutuan Parlimen Titiwangsa programme in Kuala Lumpur.
“You (can’t) read things on the internet or whatever comes to you, then talk about it in church.
“Because when you go around and give your sermons and preach on Sundays, there are a lot of things, sometimes, that are not true.
“Please use the church as a place to disseminate God’s will, not to disseminate your own will or (talk about) things that you are not happy with.”
He also said he could not understand why the Christian community, especially in Titiwangsa, were so against the Federal Territories Ministry, especially since they enjoy many benefits from the federal government.
“When (Second Finance Minister) Johari (Abdul) Ghani told me about a church trying to get land in Titiwangsa, I told him that we should give the land to the church and help them; it’s no problem with us.
“This is because the government today is moderate, considerate and that acknowledges the needs of the people, no matter if they are Malay, Chinese or Indian. We know that there are followers of different religions in the nation,” he said.
When asked to elaborate at a press conference later, Tengku Adnan said one example of fake news spread in Sunday sermons was a press statement by Hindraf chairman P. Waytha Moorthy.
However, Tengku Adnan did not mention which churches had purportedly spread the statement by Waytha Moorthy, or how his ministry was aware of the alleged sermons that spread the fake news.