Sunday, 29 December 2013

不满坚持阿拉字眼专属伊教 隆大主教罕见直言批评首相 / Archbishop roasts Najib over 'Allah' row

不满坚持阿拉字眼专属伊教
隆大主教罕见直言批评首相

来源:《当今大马》2013年12月25日新闻



即将卸任的天主教吉隆坡大主教墨菲巴基安(Murphy Pakiam)一改含蓄作风,公开直言批评首相纳吉坚持“阿拉”字眼专属穆斯林的立场。

巴基安声称,即使马来西亚沦为世界的笑柄,纳吉在巫统大会致词时,却依然坚持只有穆斯林可以使用“阿拉”字眼。

“我对他在巫统大会的致词十分失望。我感到震惊。”

“他说了些什么?即使世界对‘阿拉’字眼禁令议论纷纷,同时嘲笑马来西亚,我们(政府)却捍卫这项专属权。”

纳吉曾就读天主教学校

“这是一个在我们天主教学校受教育的人。讲出这种话,(意味)你只是一个好辩的政客。我向阿拉祈祷,启蒙他成为一个政治家。”

纳吉儿时曾就读于圣约翰学校,该校距离总主教住宅不远。马来西亚基督教联合会(CFM)今天就在总主教住宅举办圣诞节茶会。

巴基安今天在茶会上,受记者询问时,发表上述的看法。记者当时要求他回应纳吉在槟城的谈话。

纳吉今天在槟城的全国圣诞节门户开放活动上,呼吁穆斯林和基督教徒停止“阿拉”字眼的争议。

学校尊重纳吉宗教信仰

巴基安表示,纳吉才是应该停止阻挠基督教徒使用“阿拉”字眼的一方。

上诉庭在今年10月推翻高庭裁决,支持内政部的阻止天主教刊物《先锋报》使用“阿拉”字眼的禁令。如今,天主教会上诉联邦法院,试图推翻上诉庭裁决。

巴基安更援引纳吉曾在天主教学校就读的事例,说明基督教社群曾帮助过纳吉,但也尊重他的伊斯兰信仰。

“对一个小男孩而言,从小学到初三,他(纳吉)都一直在(圣约翰学校)那里。”

巴基安也透露,纳吉母亲当时对年幼的纳吉需要出席读经课感到忧心,但是校方知道后,允许纳吉不必上读经课。

祈求纳吉为国而非巫统

巴基安呼吁纳吉履行职责,服务所有的马来西亚人。

“他认为我不愤怒吗?但是如何,他是首相,所以我向神祈祷,协助他履行他对国家的职责,而不是巫统。”

他补充,纳吉坚持“阿拉”字眼专属穆斯林的做法,形同鼓动右翼组织针对基督教社群。

“他懂得法律,他知道法官的判决是什么,他(却)说,‘噢,那里(沙巴和砂拉越)是被允许的,但是半岛需要谨慎。所以,(你们)不要挑起事端,你是在玩火。’”

上诉庭在肯定内政部禁令时,声称“阿拉”字眼不是基督教整体的一部分;不过,政府在力挺上诉庭裁决之际,却允许东马基督教徒使用阿拉字眼,因此被认为立场不一致。

必须争取11%巫裔支持

另一方面,针对只有少数马来人支持基督教徒使用“阿拉”字眼的民调结果,巴基安呼吁这些少数马来人挺身出来,讲出他们的立场。

马来亚大学民主与选举研究中心昨天公布的民调显示,77%受访马来民众认为,“阿拉”字眼应该保留予穆斯林专用;相反地,只有11%巫裔支持基督教徒使用“阿拉”字眼。

“我们不相信人类的精神遗产,建基在某一种族多数人的观点。”

巴基安表示,基督教社群应该争取这11%,或大约160万的马来人,以争取国家的和平和安宁。




Archbishop roasts Najib over 'Allah' row

Source: Malaysiakini News on 25 Dec 2013

Outgoing Archbishop Murphy Pakiam today broke away from his normally non-confrontational stance to publicly criticise Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for his insistence that the word "Allah" is exclusive to Muslims.

Najib had said this in his Maal Hijrah speech in November, which Pakiam described as disappointing and shocking.

"What did he say? That even if the world talks and laughs about this 'Allah' issue, Malaysia will not allow (its use by non-Muslims), we (government) will defend the exclusivity of its use.

"This is not a man who is educated in our Catholic school. By talking like that, he is just a bickering politician, I am praying that Allah will enlighten him to become a statesman," he said.

Najib was educated at St John's Institute, just adjacent to the archbishop's official residence, where the annual Christmas high tea of the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM)  was held today.

Pakiam said this to reporters when asked to respond to Najib's call to Muslims and Christian to cease the "Allah" debate at the national level Christmas open house in Penang today.

Pakiam: I still pray for Najib

Instead, Pakiam said Najib was the one who should stop preventing Christians from using the word "Allah".

Pakiam used Najib's experience in school as example as how the Christian community had helped Najib as a boy in a Catholic school and respected his Muslim faith.

"From a small boy, from primary school until Form 3, he (Najib) has been there (St John's Institute).

"When it came to catechism (classes), his mother was disturbed because he was just a small boy going to a (Christian) religious class.

"But his mother had confidence in our brothers and phoned Brother Matthew who said: 'Please, don't worry, we will see that he doesn't go in'," he said.

As such, Pakiam said, he hoped that Najib would do his duty and serve all Malaysians.

"You think I am not angry? But still? He is the prime minister, so I have to pray to God to please help him to do his duty for the whole country and not just for Umno," he said.

Incitement of hatred

The Court of Appeal had in October overturned a High Court decision that ruled that Home Ministry's ban against Christian publication the Herald from using the word 'Allah' was unconstitutional.

The Church is now appealing the decision in the Federal Court, in the hope of reinstating the High Court's ruling.

Pakiam said Najib's insistence of exclusivity for Muslims to use the term Allah was inciting right wing groups against the Christian community.

"He knows the law, he knows the judgment the judges gave and he (Najib) is saying: 'Oh it's allowed there (Sabah and Sarawak) but be careful in the peninsula. So, don't stir this up, you are playing with fire.'

"That is inciting Perkasa fellows to come and throw bombs here," said Pakiam with a touch of frustration in his voice.

Legal experts have questioned the government's move to permit the use of 'Allah' in East Malaysia, but yet continuing to defend the Court of Appeal decision.

The Court of Appeal had ruled that 'Allah' "is not an integral part of the Christian faith", a decision that affects Christians in both East and West Malaysia.

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