With nomination day upon us and polling day fast approaching, election fever is getting intense, as it should be.
Even the Catholic church appears to be in on the act, although Catholics are small in number, with two of its leaders issuing recent statements.
On April 25, Archbishop Julian Leow called on Catholics to cast their votes in favour of “the best possible political leaders who are free of corruption” and who will “promote justice, stand up for principles with integrity”, and “strive to build a cohesive, harmonious and prosperous nation.”
Prior to that, Bishop Bernard Paul had claimed that there was “a clamour for change, for respectability, and for regaining our lost *maruah *and *martabat*.”
Is Anwar Ibrahim what Malaysia needs now?
The fact that these two can even form an alliance after falling out so spectacularly in 1996 would itself be cause for concern.
That aside, Christians who recall the Anwar period as “the good old days” should remove their blinkers and acknowledge the truth.
As Education Minister, in 1988 allowed the termination of non-Muslim school principals aged 55 and above;
Allowed Christian religious education in our schools to be replaced with “moral education”;
Allowed the removal of crucifixes and crosses from the buildings and badges of mission schools;
Allowed the revision of history books used in our schools so as to promote Islam;
Made “Islamic Civilisation” a compulsory subject for all university students;
Promoted and enhanced shariah laws throughout the country and gave a much more Muslim character to our laws;
Began the prurient obsession with moral surveillance, enforcement and punitive measures against Muslims.
Anwar Instructed That Crucifixes Be Removed From Christian Schools & Growth of Chinese Education Was Heavily Hampered
Renamed The National Language From Bahasa Malaysia To Bahasa Melayu. – FMT
Anwar Was Anti-Chinese, Says Dr Lim Keng Yaik
Former Gerakan president Datuk Seri Dr Lim Keng Yaik says Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was anti-Chinese when he was an Umno minister for 12 years.
“I had a hard time while Anwar was youth and sports minister, education minister, finance minister and deputy prime minister,” he said in an address at a Chinese association dinner in Batu last night. Lim’s son, Si Pin, is the Barisan Nasional (BN) candidate for Batu.
“In 1984, when Anwar was the youth and sports mMinister, I, as the party president, was invited by China to a wushu competition and I planned to introduce our lion dance to China as an eye-opener,” Lim said.
“However, when I went to ask Anwar to send a team, he gave all sorts of excuses and rejected my proposal. Luckily, in 1988, I approached (former prime minister) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad instead, and he approved it.
“When I was made a cabinet minister in 1986, he did the same to me at a ministerial meeting on amendments to the Education Act.
“I almost ‘vomited blood’ when I asked Anwar, who was then the education minister, to repeal a section under the Act, which allowed the minister to shut down a school and also to include vernacular schools under the protection of the Education Act.
“According to [anthropologist] Judith Nagata, Anwar took part in the mass demonstration protesting the Chinese insults against the Malays the day before,” read the article titled “Anwar’s crisis, Chinese people”.
It added the deadly riots that saw some 200 people killed had affected Anwar’s disposition towards the Chinese, which it said could be seen in his participation in subsequent protests with University of Malaya students in the months following the racial unrest.
Anwar’s alleged resistance in dealing with representatives of the Chinese community during the years leading up to the Ops Lalang crackdown in 1987 was also held up as further evidence of his “crisis” with the Chinese community.
“He refused to meet with those representing Chinese school teachers who wanted to limit the powers of the education minister. Instead, he placed 100 non-Mandarin speakers as principals and senior teachers in Chinese primary schools.
“This led to anger in the Chinese community, and was the impetus for DAP and MCA to hold a protest with about 2,000 people,” it added.
Anwar introduced numerous pro-Malay policies in the national school curriculum when he was in office as Education Minister. He wanted to make many changes in education system, for example one of the major changes that he did was to rename the national language from Bahasa Malaysia to Bahasa Melayu.
In August 1987, Malaysian government sent non-Mandarin speaking senior officers to Chinese primary school. This made the Chinese community in Malaysia to think the government wants to remove Chinese in education and they protest to fight against this move. However, Anwar Ibrahim, who was the Education Minister in that time maintained stand despite protest.
On 8 October 1987, joint committee set up by 15 Chinese-based groups including MCA, Gerakan and DAP. It is the first time MCA work together with the opposition party in Malaysia history. On 11 October 1987, Chinese groups met at Thean Hou temple to propose boycott of classes, which asked the parents stop sending their children to school until the government to take action about this issue. It resulted 30,000 students boycott classes.
The growth of Chinese education was heavily hampered during the mid 1980s when Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was education minister.
“There were all sorts of problems to the extent that it was so hard for us to increase the number of Chinese schools or move them to better locations.
Teachers who were not proficient in Mandarin were sent to Chinese schools
The building of Chinese vernacular schools were hampered by converting private land into government land
Anwar had even threatened the Hindus to accept the government’s stand in the 1998 Kg Rawa temple issue in Penang.
“He (Anwar) threatened the Hindus there to accept whatever he said, otherwise he said no temple bells will be sounded in Penang. This is what he is,” Samy asserted.
In March 27, 1998, there was a tense stand-off when Muslims emerged from Friday prayers in an adjacent mosque and marched in numbers to the Sri Raja Raja Madurai Veeran temple in Kampung Rawa.
Muslims in the area had complained that the temple – which was planned for expansion – rang their prayer bells too loudly and the antagonism resulted in a clash between hundreds of Hindus and Muslims.
Following this, four people were injured, other Hindu temples and Muslim mosques were attacked and nearly 200 rioters were arrested.
Naturally the temple was demolished and relocated even when it had stood there before the mosque came into the picture. – Malaysia Today
The dispute was later settled when the state government provided an alternative site for the temple in Jalan SP Chelliah. — (Malaysiakini) – Malaysia Today
Gobalakrishnan said that Anwar was showing his true colours by refusing to re-open the Sivan temple in Petaling Jaya and denying the Hindu community a state executive councillor in Selangor.
“Anwar continues to victimise the Hindus. I think he is anti-Hindu by the way he is behaving. I am not asking to remove anybody but include another Hindu (in the Selangor state executive council) so we won’t have any of these problems. – Malaysia Today