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PEMUDA MAJLIS GEREJA MALAYSIA MEMBANTAH LARANGAN KE ATAS GEREJA KATOLIK MENGGUNAKAN BAHASA MALAYSIA DALAM PENERBITAN MINGGUAN THE HERALD -THE CATHOLIC WEEKLY

Pemuda Majlis Gereja Malaysia (Pemuda CCM / CCM Youth) merasa kesal dan bimbang atas larangan Kementerian Dalam Negeri (KDN) terhadap gereja Katolik menerbitkan edisi bahasa Malaysia akhbar The Herald-The Catholic Weekly.

Pemuda CCM juga berpendapat bahawa larangan edisi Bahasa Malaysia ini tidak munasabah, malah tidak adil saksama. Bukankah gereja kita diterima sebagai sebahagian masyarakat majmuk negara tercinta kita? Negara Malaysia sangat bangga dengan masyarakat majmuknya di mana rakyat berbilang bangsa, kaum dan agama hidup bebas, aman dan damai. Oleh itu, ia sangat menghairankan kenapa segolongan rakyatnya sekarang tidak dibenarkan menggunakan Bahasa Malaysia, biarpun untuk terbitan the Herald yang terhad untuk penganut Kristian dan istilah Allah telah digunakan oleh penganut Kristian di Malaysia sejak generasi-generasi yang lalu.

Di samping itu, bukankah orang beragama Kristian di negara ini juga warganegara yang berhak dan patut digalak menggunakan bahasa kebangsaannya dalam segala urusan hariannya? Bahasa Malaysia adalah hakmilik bersama. Sering kita mendengar seruan pemimpin-pemimpin negara kita agar rakyat Malaysia berbahasa Malaysia. Oleh sedemikian, Pemuda CCM berasa hairan atas larangan KDN ini. Larangan KDN ini adalah tidak adil dan, malah, merupakan sesuatu penindasan atau diskriminasi terhadap penganut Kristian yang berbahasa (dan berbangsa) Malaysia.

Pemuda Majlis Gereja Malaysia membantah larangan KDN ke atas Gereja Katolik menerbitkan edisi Bahasa Malaysia akhbar The Herald-The Catholic Weekly. Kami meminta kerajaan Malaysia supaya menghentikan penindasan oleh KDN ini dan membatal larangan tersebut, demi kebebasan rakyat beragama Kristian. Kami juga membuat tuntutan bahawa perkataan Allah yang digunakan antara golongan Kristian di negara-negara Arab, Indonesia, dan juga di Sabah dan Sarawak telah lama digunakan.

SUMBER: PEMUDA MAJLIS GEREJA-GEREJA MALAYSIA (COUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF MALAYSIA (CCM) YOUTH)

(ditandatangan)

Daniel Chai

Setiausaha Pemuda
Pemuda Majlis Gereja-Gereja Malaysia
Mobile| +6012 237 6102
Email| cheoksing@hotmail.com

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Upko: Green MyKad a new stress on the people

arthur-sen-bKota Kinabalu: The re-issuance of the green MyKad to “stateless” people in Sabah is putting new stress on local people in the State, said Upko Youth chief Arthur Sen.

“We in Upko Youth are questioning the rationale behind the National Registration Department’s decision to reactivate the issuance of the green MyKad, which had been frozen since 2004,” he said.

He claimed the exercise will only benefit foreigners who were born in Sabah and who had been issued birth certificates without citizenship.

According to information received, he said the green MyKad is only valid for five years and asked what will happen to the temporary citizenship status of these green MyKad holders and their children after that period was over.

“There is a big possibility that these green MyKad holders will one day become permanent residents and then qualify themselves or their subsequent generation to obtain the blue MyKad as citizens É in the long run it would change the population demography of Sabah,” he said.

This must be prevented from now by stopping the NRD exercise, he stressed. “Another negative effect will be that the green MyKad holders will compete against the genuine locals in economic activities É this is already happening now, and what more when they already get the green MyKad,” he said.

Also in terms of access to public facilities, he said the local people will also be forced to compete with the immigrants like for medical treatment and wards at the public hospitals, recreational parks and so on.

“All these are saddening. Government agencies like the NRD need to be more attentive to the feelings and political sentiments of the genuine locals in Sabah,” he said.

22 November, 2008- Daily Express

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