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Sarawak minister dismisses prayer rally

 | March 23, 2011

The people are making fools of themselves, says Joseph Salang Gandum.

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Information and Culture Minister Joseph Salang Gandum has scoffed at the prayer rally taking place in Kuching tonight.

The rally, organised by the Sarawak Ministers Fellowship (SMF), is held to pray for religious freedom in the state in light of the Al-Kitab issue.

According to the Kuching Ministers Fellowship, about 2,000 Christians are expected to turn up tonight. This will be the first of many such rallies in the state.

However, at a dinner consisting of foreign and local media, Joseph dismissed the rally as “people making fools of themselves”.

“I have learnt along the way that the less you respond to unreasonable acts, the less effect it will have,” he said. “So if they want to dance, let them dance.”

The Julau MP also clarified that the 30,000 copies of Al-Kitab were in fact not bibles but prayer books.

“Unfortunately, they were lumped with the 5,100 Malay-language bibles that were impounded in Port Klang,” he said. “This issue has already been amicably resolved.”

“I’m a Catholic and we have been taught to be very forgiving. If the opposition wants to play up this issue in the Sarawak election, then let them. BN will not see a need to respond.”

He added that he had never had a problem with getting his bible copy and joked that it was perhaps because he wasn’t all that religious.

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Sarawak Christians to rally for religious freedom


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