PETALING JAYA: The Council Of Churches Of Malaysia (CCM) wants the new Education Minister to apologise for his comments, claiming that Christians are “splitting the Malays”.
In a statement on Tuesday, CCM general-secretary Reverend Dr Herman Shastri (pix) said the council was deeply concerned over Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid's statement and urged him to clarify his “detrimental and divisive remarks”.
“First of all, it is wrong to link us Christians with the Jews. Its highly misleading to even associate us with the Jews and worse still, to propose that we are in any way trying to split the Malays or any other group.
“We therefore call upon the Minister to clarify his detrimental and divisive remarks and better still, to apologise for making those comments.
“He should not make false allegations as it is harmful and can be regarded as undermining national unity,” said Shastri.
He said Mahdzir’s comments have caused much anxiety amongst Christians and fair-minded moderate Malaysians.
“He should be promoting national harmony and unity, instead of spewing ill-will and polarization in our country,” stressed Shastri.On Sunday, Mahdzir allegedly blamed Jews and Christians for having an agenda to destroy Malaysia by likening it to countries like Syria, Afghanistan, Algeria and other Muslim nations which are in turmoil.