KUCHING, Sept 2: Seca calls on the government to take appropriate action against Pasir Puteh MP Nik Muhammad Zawawi Nik Salleh for making derogatory remarks on the Bible.
In a statement issued here today, the Sarawak Evangelical Christian Association (Seca) revealed it was appalled by the conduct of the Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) MP as he made derogatory remarks on the Bible in Parliament on August 26.
“We call upon both the federal and the Sarawak state governments to take immediate and appropriate actions in response to the conduct of the MP of Pasir Puteh, to strongly convey their commitment for inter-religious harmony among the people,” reads the statement.
It stressed that as an association of evangelical churches and organisations in Sarawak, it stands with the Christian Federation of Malaysia, Association of Churches in Sarawak, Sabah Council of Churches, and the Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism in their recent statements on the matter.
“We also called on all Malaysians to reject the despicable conduct of the MP of Pasir Puteh that has created ill feelings between the different communities in the country,” it added.
On a broader perspective, Seca highlighted that over the years, politicians have increasingly and consistently capitalised on religion to advance their racial-based agenda, totally disregarding the fallout which has impacted in national disharmony.
“Racial harmony is only sustainable over the long-term when respect for each other’s religion prevails. When this is missing, the dream of long-term racial harmony remains just a dream. We have to be diligent in steering a course that avoids actions that could potentially disrupt the delicate balance for a harmonious life in our multi-racial and multi-religious society of Malaysia,” added Seca. — DayakDaily