‘No undercover priests evangelising Muslims’


STATE PKR chairman Baru Bian has called a Muslim non-governmental organisations to stop making wild accusations that undercover Christian priests had been sent to Malaysia to evangelise Muslims.

“You cannot simply label people. When you put a label saying that certain individuals have intention to evangelise Muslims, this is where you make things worse,” he said when met on the sideline of the State Legislative Assembly sitting here yesterday.

Baru, who is Ba Kelalan assemblyman, was asked to comment on Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Masyarakat Malaysia’s warning of undercover Christian priests sent to Malaysia under different guises to proselytise and convert Muslims.

Its president Abdul Karim Omar said these ‘undercover priests’ worked with Muslim children as football coaches and others.

“I have heard about coaches who are Christians from Brazil who came here because they want to contribute to the young people and hold football clinics. They are all world class players whose names I had heard of in the 1980s.

“Just because they are Christians, don’t jump to conclusion that they are missionaries. They are here just to contribute to the sport and young people. The problem now is there are so many young people engaging in unhealthy activities like drugs.”

He reiterated that what the coaches were doing had nothing to do with evangelising Muslims.

Baru said all these statements were made as the government did not take action against those making the sensitive statements.

“It shows the prime minister’s (Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak) weakness in administering the nation. In the local context, he has not made any statement against Datuk Zulkifli Noordin and Perkasa.”

He said the failure of the government to take action emboldened those who are racist and extreme to make more accusations.