A few days ago, I sent my Christmas greetings to His Grace
Archbishop John Hung of Taipei, and proudly shared with him that Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, on behalf of the Christian Federation of Malaysia(CFM), hosted a Christmas tea party at his residence attended by Prime Minister Najib, cabinet ministers, political leaders, foreign dignitaries and the public. (picture: Archbishop Pakiam, with Prime Minister and wife and the African Christian community at the open house)
This is an annual function hosted on rotation by various CFM members.
I also told Archbishop John that it is our Malaysian unique way of "open house" to foster understanding and harmony among the difference cultures, religions and races.
Today, Malaysiakini, an established Internet news portal reported that Seputeh MP Teresa Kok is demanding an apology from the prime minister for his office's directive to rid religious elements from a Christmas celebration, which she said was “disrespectful” to Christianity.
According to Kok, who is also Selangor state senior exco, the Prime Minister's Office's had issued a directive for crucifixes to be removed from the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM) Christmas event on 25 Dec, where Prime Minister Najib Razak was a guest. The directive, she said, also prohibited Christian prayers and hymns during the event that was held at the Catholic Church Archbishop's residence.
“Najib should apologise to the Christian Federation of Malaysia for 'de-Christianising' their Christmas celebration, that yet again denied Malaysians the right to freedom of religion,” said Kok in a statement.
This was not mentioned in any of the main stream newspapers and media.
My heart sunk and feeling shameful. I wished I have not tell Archbishop Hung about the open house.
And what a shameless act of disrespect to the host in particular and the Christian community in general.
I do no know if the host complied. That will make it more shameful.
The directive itself is stupid and shameful. It slaps right on the face of Najib who has been preaching "1 Malaysia" "1 people" "tolerence and respect of others"......