Let there be peace, say Christians


  • Nation
  • Monday, 10 Mar 2003

PETALING JAYA: An evening of song and dance set the motion for another rally for peace in the Klang Valley. 

The Council of Churches of Malaysia organised a concert that was meant to reverberate with a call for global peace, in line with the mounting protests against a US-led war on Iraq and a halt to oppression and strife in Palestine. 

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok said the call for peace was “apt not just to stop the impending war on Iraq but also to prevent the serious repercussions of such an act from destroying the economies of the world.” 

Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Tan Sri Bernard Dompok rallies for peace at the event organised by the Council of Churches Malaysia.

“To date the United States has not built their case to justify the attack on Iraq.  

“They have falsified documents to say Iraq was beefing up their weapons when it is not true,” he told about 2,000 Christians from the various churches in the Klang Valley at the Sunway Lagoon Amphitheatre. 

People’s Alliance for Peace Malaysia (Peace Malaysia) advisor Dr Chandra Muzaffar told the audience that the current protest against the war was the most significant in the history of mankind and one carried out on a multi-religious and multiethnic platform. 

“I believe this global protest against the war is a global movement for peace that has defied the adage ‘clash of civilisation.’ 

“While the West has become the strongest protestor of this war, it is sad to note that the promoters of this war are also some Muslim leaders from Muslim states,” he said. 

Council of Churches president Reverend Julius Paul reminded Malaysians of how fortunate they were, living in a peaceful country while the people of Iraq were living in fear. 

“There is deep apprehension and fear of the war. Mothers there are now heaped with worries of how to feed their children and keep their young daughters from being raped if the war breaks out,” he said. 

Among those who attended the rally were Sunway Group corporate advisor Tan Sri Ramon Navaratnam, Deputy Minister of Land and Cooperative Development Dr Tan Kee Kwong and wife, South African High Commissioner Dr Abraham Sokhaya Nkomo and wife Marjorie Nkomo, Subang Jaya assemblyman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng and Seputeh MP Teresa Kok. 

T-shirts, caps, mugs, car stickers and CDs with slogans Say No To War and Give Peace A Chance were sold. 

Donation boxes were also passed around and part of the proceeds would go to the Palestinian Humanitarian Fund.  

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