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KUCHING, Oct 31: As a religious organisation, Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) does not endorse any candidate or any political party.
The association exhorted church members to seek and elect godly leaders who will ensure the common good of all people of all races, religions and social standing in Malaysia.
Quoting Bible verse 1 Tim 2:1-2 which says, “First of, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way”, ACS called on all Christians to be discerning voters.
“We are not to simply just (cast) our votes blindly or according to a candidate’s popularity.
“Each Christian has to seek to be better informed on the vision of a candidate and respective political parties with these qualities: capable and competent, accountable and transparent, trustworthy and a person of integrity, God-fearing person who seeks to do what is right before God and concerned about the plight of the poor and those in need,” said ACS in its pastoral letter for the 15th General Election in Malaysia, addressed to churches, Christians and all people of goodwill in Sarawak and Malaysia.
Other qualities include incorruptible and takes no bribe; does not take advantage of their position to exploit the poor and unprotected; does not discriminate based on ethnicity, religion and social status; rejects religious fundamentalist and bigotry and protects harmony; and promotes mutual acceptance and respect.
The association urged Christians in Sarawak to seek the above qualities in candidates.
“Each citizen is to vote according to one’s conscience before God,” said ACS. — DayakDaily