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Peddling ‘lies’: PM must nail Utusan

May 9, 2011

In a joint statement, Penang CM Lim Guan Eng and Christian organisations strongly urge the PM to act against his party's paper for spreading 'dangerous lies'.

KUALA LUMPUR: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guang Eng and Christian organisations want action to be taken against Utusan Malaysia for publishing a false report.

In a joint statement, they expressed sadness that “outright lies” could be published in the Umno-owned newspaper.

“We sincerely and strongly urge the prime minister and home minister to take action against Utusan for printing and spreading such dangerous lies that have disturbed the multi-religious harmony of society, created fear and uneasiness amongst Malaysians, especially Christians.

“We express grave concern that Utusan is spreading dangerous lies that make Christians the object of hate and incite hatred against Christians that may lead to undesirable consequences.”

Lim and the Christian organisations also denied denied seeking divine intervention to convert Malaysia into a Christian state.

They also dismissed the allegation of working towards installing a Christian prime minister in the future.

“Christian pastors and churches have always prayed for blessings for the nation, peace and well-being, unity and harmony amongst all races as well as a leadership that is honest and just.

“The chief minister of Penang will continue to meet with Christian leaders, bishops or pastors just as he meets with Muslim clerics, Buddhist or Hindu monks in line with Lim’s duties,” read the statement inked by the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), Roman Catholic Church, Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) and the National Evangelical Christian Fellowship of Malaysia.

Last week, Utusan published a front-page report alleging that Christian leaders (priests/pastors), during a closed-door meeting in Penang, vowed to make Christianity the official religion of Malaysia and to install a Christian as its prime minister.

The article was based on the postings of two bloggers.

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‘Christian plot article’: MCA Youth demands probe


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