Demand for removal of
Christian cross and demolition of Christian statues in mission schools signs
of growing intolerance and increasing extremism inimical to successful
by Lim Kit Siang
There is growing intolerance
and increasing extremism in Malaysia which is inimical to successful
nation building and the latest instance is the demand for the removal of
the Christian cross and the demolition of Christian statues in mission
I raised this issue in Parliament this morning during the winding-up of
the Education Ministry in the 2008 Budget committee stage debate by the
Deputy Education Minister, Datuk Noh Omar and expressed my concern why the
Education Minister, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had not said anything
to dissociate the government from such extremist demands.
During the policy debate on the 2008 Budget on Oct. 29, 2007 the Barisan
Nasional Member of Parliament for Parit Sulong, Syed Hood bin Syed Edros,
supported by the BN MP for Sri Gading, Datuk Haji Mohamad bin Haji Aziz
called for the removal of the Christian cross and the demolition of
Christian statues in the mission schools.
The loyalty of mission schools was questioned, with the baseless
allegation that they refuse to observe Aidilfitri public holiday and close
the schools. There was even the preposterous accusation that the mission
schools were administered by churches outside the country, including the
I asked Noh Omar whether he is aware that the extremist demands by the two
BN MPs have created a furor, particularly on the Internet, and why the
Education Ministry was condoning such extremism by its silence when such
statement should be denounced without equivocation.
I also reminded the Deputy Education Minister that it is wrong and
mischievous to assume that Muslims studying in mission schools are
potential apostates, when mission schools had made great contributions in
nation-building and produced many Malay leaders, including Deputy Prime
Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, the Education Minister himself, the
Perak Raja Muda Raja Nazrain Shah and the Sultan of Selangor who had been
products of mission schools.
There was no satisfactory reply from Noh Omar.
Opposition Leader, MP for Ipoh Timur & DAP Central Policy and Strategic
Planning Commission Chairman