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Friday, August 3, 2007

Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, how I wish there are more likeminded people like you in the Government

This was not reported in our local press. I found this in I must urge all especially the Christian community and like minded individual who cherish freedom of religion to pray for Tan Sri Bernard Dompok, a kadazan-dusun Christian who is Minister in the Prime Minister Department. (I will call him thereafter as Tan Sri), who today broke ranks from his Barisan Nasional counterpart on the issue of Islamic State (as you may have noted that our DPM have raised the issue again recently). Just a brief history on Tan Sri unprecedented move.

In Jan 2006, non-Muslim ministers submitted a memorandum to the Prime Minister yesterday calling for a review of laws affecting the rights of non-Muslims and Tan Sri was one of the signatories. Unfortunately shortly after that, it was retracted. The retraction came in the wake of an outcry by Muslim Cabinet members and Barisan Nasional leaders. I believe Tan Sri did not retract the statement (I stand corrected).

In May this year, Tan Sri, issued a statement saying he had resigned as chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee on Integrity (PSCI) as he “would not be able to do justice to the tasks assigned to the committee by Parliament.” Shortly after that, Najib issued statements like, "Dompok had been strongly influenced by Lim Kit Siang, who is DAP MP for Ipoh Timur.

Today, it was reports that Tan Sri broke ranks on the Islamic state issue by arguing that the nation’s founders did not have that in mind when the Federation of Malaysia was formed in 1963. He said this at the launch of ‘The Merdeka Statement’ by the Centre for Public Policy Studies in Kuala Lumpur today. This is what he says, "I think my colleagues in the government will forgive me for saying that I will not agree that we are an Islamic state,” and that “For all intents and purposes, I think Malaysia was not meant to be an Islamic state,”

I, for one, would not think that his BN counterpart especially UMNO, the BN Political master will look at his statement favourably. I'm seeing an attack on him very soon. There will be consequences for that statement Tan Sri had made. As he is a good man who would stand up for his principles, we should pray for him, so that God's covering will be upon him and that all attacks engineered against him will be nullified in Jesus' name. Tan Sri, as we all know is a religious man who have the support from the Christian organisation. A man who would stand up and be counted.

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