May 7 Perak State Assembly sitting
Unruly, fresh elections the only way out
(Extracted from HERALD the Catholic Weekly, May 24, 2009)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) is deeply concerned at the events that unfolded at the Perak State Assembly sitting on May 7.
In a statement signed by President Rev Dr. Thomas Philips and released on May 7, the CCM felt “the unruly scenes, the scuffles an the removal of the Speaker of the House by force, have all violated the dignity of the State Assembly and made a mockery of basic democratic principles that citizens have come to expect from a nation that champions human rights.
“The power and authority of the Speaker have been undermined. The police had overstepped its authority by the harassment of duly elected representatives, and of peaceful protestors exercising their rights of free expression guaranteed under the constitution. The police must remain above politics to have integrity and the confidence of the people.
“The CCM realizes that the political crisis in Perak is a great worry to all just and peace-loving citizens of our country.
“The CCM feels that it is time for the government to uphold its commitment ot building a democratic and peaceful Malaysia by returning power to the people to decide by whom and how they should be governed.
“To this end, the CCM joins civil society in calling the Sultan to exercise his sovereign power by calling for fresh elections in the state. This is the only way to resolve the current political impasse.
“As Christians, we believe that justice will have its day, because God expects that the nation is governed by principles of righteousness and justice.
“As churches pray for the speedy resolution of the political crisis in Perak, we remember the words of the bible: “To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice …. The violence of the wicked will sweep them away, because they refuse to do what is just” (Proverbs 21:3, 7).
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. 2 Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. 3 This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” ~1 Tim 2:1-3 (The Message)