As Allah controversy brews, Pas reaches out to Christians


With the fallout from the Allah controversy still brewing, Pas representatives have been extending a hand of friendship to representatives of the Christian churches.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and a Pas delegation visit Bishop Sebastian Francis and Mgr Bernard Paul
Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad and a Pas delegation visit Bishop Sebastian Francis and Mgr Bernard Paul

On Tuesday, 22 October, Pas central committee member Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Tasik Gelugor Pas information chief Abdul Rahman Kasim and a Pas delegation dropped by at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Penang to visit Bishop Sebastian Francis and Mgr Bernard Paul, the parish priest.

The discussion in the bishop’s office centred on the differently styles of decision-making and consultation (both advisory and binding), within the Muslim and Christian hierarchies and noted some similarities in how decisions are reached within the respective faiths.

Inevitably, the Allah controversy was raised, and Sebastian said he was not perturbed; he believed the Spirit was working in the entire episode and that a “purification” would come out of the whole process.

Dzulkefly for his part said it was important that the debate – no, he preferred to use the term “conversation” or dialogue – should continue among people of different faiths.

Sebastian later handed a copy of the memorandum by the Christian Federation of Malaysia (which groups all the churches in the country) and another by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference.

Dzulkefly then presented Sebastian another colourful cake – this time, purple, which coincidentally matched the shirt the former was wearing. Sebastian joked to the bemused toxicologist-turned-politician that purple was a colour usually associated with bishops.

Dr Dzul with Pas delegation visits Bishop Sebastian

The following day, Parit Buntar MP Mujahid Yusof Rawa met up with his by now good friend Rev John Kennady, the pastor of the St Mark’s Anglican Church in Butterworth.

"Hey Reverend, remember our dialogue on Malaysia Day?"
“Hey Reverend, remember our dialogue on Malaysia Day?”

Both reminisced over lunch at a nasi kandar restaurant on mainland Penang about their eventful Malaysia Day dialogue recently. “Thanks to the disruptions and the media attention that followed, the dialogue received extensive publicity,” laughed the jovial Mujahid.

Mujahid Rawa meets Rev John Kennady

Also present were John’s assistant Steven Robert, Abdul Rahman and other Pas supporters and friends.

Yesterday, it was Mujahid’s turn to meet Sebastian and he handed a copy of his new book “Berdialog dengan gereja” (Dialogue with churches) to the bishop, who had written a back-cover blurb for the book welcoming the endeavour.

The Pas national unity bureau chief said he has visited more than two dozen churches so far and now aims to make it 100!

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21 Oct 2014 2.58pm

Jesus is th Way the Truth & absolutely without any doubt “Life” an no one comes to the Father (GOD)but through him.

10 Nov 2013 1.55am

Dear souls,

Just give up your pride for a moment…I am asking you this question: can you do something good in this life, can you achieve a goal, a good one, without Sacrifice from Love ?! Even muslims, hindu, any religion or non-believers should answer this question to themselves ! The answer is “NO” ! Nothing good can be achieved without sacrificing ourselves from Love, without the Sacrifice from Love !

But, you know, The Sacrifice from Love is JESUS CHRIST ! He proved this already ! No comment !


28 Oct 2013 1.45am

Congratulation to PAS. It is the responsibilty of every Muslim to follow the teaching of Prophet Muhammad and invite other to Allah. Say: O People of the Scripture! Come to a common word between us and you: that we shall worship none but God, and that we shall ascribe no partner unto Him, and that none of us shall take others for lords beside God. And if they turn away, then say: Bear witness that we are they who have surrendered (unto Him). (Aal ‘Imran 3:64) Allah has explained clearly about Himself in the Quran: Allah – there is no… Read more »

25 Oct 2013 4.00pm

We pray that the Holy Spirit does work on the purification in our generation, and brings sanity to the those who are moving more and more to the extreme and the rest of us

25 Oct 2013 2.07pm

Dialogue should continue irrespective whatever decisions made by the Court. Don’t be misguided by those who place self-interest above nation’s interest. It is only through discussion can Malaysia move forward and become a progressive nation.