ACS calls on Christians to vote, not endorsing any candidates or political parties

Archbishop Simon Poh

KUCHING, Dec 13: The Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) calls on all Christians to vote according to their conscience “before God”.

Its chairman Archbishop Simon Poh said despite the call to all Christians to vote, ACS does not endorse any candidates or political parties.

“This is a call to Christians and all people in Sarawak to vote as this a moral duty to society and to cast the vote according to their conscience ‘before God’. 

“ACS as a religious organisation does not endorse any candidates or political parties while exhorting all the people to vote as part of citizens’ responsibility and duty,” said Poh in a statement today.

The same call was also made in ACS’ Postoral Letter for 12th Sarawak General Election 2021 which was undersigned by Poh and two more Catholic Church bishops including Sibu Bishop Joseph Hii and Miri Bishop Richard Ng.

The signatories also included Bishop of the Anglican Church in Sarawak and Brunei Rev Datuk Danald Jute, Bishop Lau Hui Ming of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference, Bishop Bonnie Sedau of Sarawak Iban Annual Conference, Pastor Agong Bina of Borneo Evangelical Church, Pastor Edmund M Liah of Seventh-day Adventist Church and Major Francis Ng of the Salvation Army.

“By casting our votes, we hold our government and candidates accountable to walk the talk; to fulfil promises made to the rakyat; to work for the common good and wellbeing of all; to defend religious freedom for various races and religions and to ensure mutual respect and acceptance, harmony and unity in diversity in Sarawak,” said the newsletter.

Through the newsletter, ACS also advised all Christians to make discernment before casting their votes by considering the political party and the integrity of the individual candidate on development, citizen’s rights and on freedom of religion, welfare and concern for the people of Sarawak. — DayakDaily