Having been supplied with a copy of this Catholic Church inspired and instigated chain letter about an alleged “attack on the sanctity of the sacrament of Holy Communion by a Muslim Spy” journalist, I decided to review the letter and its contents in the context of such an outrageous heading. My responses are drawn from what information is openly available about the Catholic Church, the article in question and the actions of the journalist responsible for this “Outrage”.
My comments and responses addressing each allegation to Martin Jalleh’s (the author of the chain letter to which I respond) appears in Martin’s letter reproduced below with my responses and comments in Italics .
Gopal Raj Kumar
An Open Letter to a Muslim Journalist “Spy”
I just read that recently you and a friend visited one of the churches that I belong to. I was surprised that you had to do it in disguise. You should have told the Catholic community there that you were coming and we would have given you a grand welcome.
The churches are meant to be open to all whether dressed in disguise or as themselves. There are many Catholics and non Catholics alike, who when attempting to return to or join the fold, have been turned away by the Church. Its called excommunication or a refusal to communion with the Catholic Church. So where does Jalleh obtain his special powers from to “welcome” anyone to the Church? That’s up to the church as to whether they observe the teachings of their gospels or not.
Jalleh’s statement in this regard is not only redundant. It is also inaccurate and self serving nonsense. Jalleh’s comments are further ignorant and part of the wider campaign of feigned outrage being expressed by a wider anti Malay anti Islamic coalition within the Churches including the Roman Catholic Church. It has nothing to do with Christianity, Catholicism or good Christian charity which encourages its adherents to be inclusive and forgiving.
Such was the experience of the MP for Shah Alam, Khalid Abdul Samad from PAS, who was even given a standing ovation when he visited and had a dialogue with the parishioners of the Church of the Divine Mercy in Shah Alam last year.
Honestly would the Catholics in Shah Alam have dared to turn him away? And in any event his attendance was a PR coup for the Catholic Church. Now where does it say anywhere in Catholicism or any other Christian denomination that permission or notice is needed to come to Church? if that were the case all churches would be empty or near empty. Once more our friend’s point here is irrelevant and unnecessary self serving nonsense. Perhaps it is an adornment to his otherwise bland provocative rantings and ravings devoid of any real substance. Seeking attention
Some time back I was attending a Mass (Catholic worship) in a Catholic church in Petaling Jaya and was very moved by the presence of a group of Muslim students together with their Muslim professor who had taken them there as part of their “exposure programme”. None of them were converted.
You see we are not an underground church nor do we function in a clandestine manner. Our hearts are on the holy and not on the hideous. We even pray for Najib the PM, though I feel we do not pray enough for the Opposition. We also pray for people like you who do more harm than good to the name of your religion of peace, tolerance and compassion.
“We even pray for Najib the PM” as if to say that’s doing something extraordinary as a Catholic. This chap is not aware that his mind betrays his latent and deep prejudices in his letter. His contumely and his hypocrisy dominate the bile he heaps on Islam and Malays trying to convince Blind Freddy it is his outrage at the “desecration” of the Holy Eucharist he somehow has a monopoly on that which is at the centre of his letter. Someone should ring a bell and tell him there is a double decker bus up his behind. He does not pray enough for the opposition because he knows his security, economic prosperity and freedoms are guaranteed by Najib Razak’s BN government. Not by the opposition who would likely take it away.
Secondly what is there to boast about a group of Muslims students coming to his Church? What’s so great and commendable about it? If Catholics lived by their creed which commands exemplary behaviour of each of them, more Muslims and even myself would have come visited them. But under these circumstances no thank you!
As an example of what the Church ought to be; In Albania during the reign of Enver Hoja, Catholics covered the statues of saints each Friday in their Churches in order that Muslims in some of the villages there would be able to attend to their obligatory Friday prayers in an appropriate environment in complying with Islamic theology and their traditions. The Churches were converted into mosques temporarily for the purpose because there were not enough mosques in Albania then.
It was not a charitable exercise by the Church. The country Albania was a Maoist communist country and Hoja an atheist. Jalleh should also realise that Catholics are a Church of proselytizers. It is the duty of every practising Catholic to preach and to convert. Where has he been hiding his head all this time?
Further, what takes place in Catholic churches is highlighted in our in-house newspaper which was quite unknown to the whole population and whose readers formed an insignificant number ? until the Government decided to prevent it from using the word “Allah”. Alas, the Herald should thank the Government for making it so well-known today.
It is a pity that you have gone through so much trouble to “investigate” under guise what is going on in Catholic Churches or that “Muslim teenagers were being converted to Christianity in Kuala Lumpur ‘s churches every Sunday”. You should have gone directly to the Special Branch, which sends it officers to visit our churches occasionally. Surely they will be able to tell you that you would be only wasting your time!
As for the information that Muslims are being driven in droves into Catholicism (which you have concluded to be “false” in your article) it has been a fallacious and stale rumour for quite some time, spread by those who have an obsession and paranoia or by the increasing number of lower echelon zealots or “Little Mullah Napoleons” running riot with their brand
Perhaps young Mr. Jalleh should not be so provocative with his name calling by using borrowed Anti Islamic narratives manufactured by the US in their mistaken and misguided war on terror . It is a war which resulted in over a million innocents deaths at the hands their (US and Vatican sanctioned) bombs.
And Mr. Jalleh may well be reminded that the Pope was not only silent during that campaign by Bush. He openly supported it calling Islam the most evil religion in the world. All this from a Nazi Cardinal Ratzinger the Pope, who till today protects pedophiles and other monsters within the Church some of whom visited their evil trade on many of us as boys and continue to do so internationally with impunity even after they are caught.
Mr. Jalleh “People in Glass Houses”……….The point remains that Catholics try like the Muslims to convert. There is no secret about it unless the Malaysian Catholic Church has suddenly created a set of cannons all their own. The Novena devotions in Bras Basah Road in Singapore and in other places in Malaysia then in the 1960’s were designed to do exactly that. Proselytizing is part of the Christian/ Islamic character.
In Feb. 2006, the Mufti of Perak, Haji Harussani Haji Zakaria, claimed that 250,000 Muslims (of which 100,000 were Malays) had apostatized themselves, while 100,000 more had submitted applications to do so. Of course he was unable to substantiate his claim because it was false.
In Nov. 2006, about 500 Muslims protested in front of the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Ipoh following a SMS wherein the same Mufti had disclosed that about 600 Muslim students of the Ungku Omar Polytechnic were to be baptized by national mariner Azhar Mansor! The church was not converting Muslims but instead was holding the First Holy Communion Mass (one of the rites of initiation to the faith) for 98 Catholic children, many of whom were traumatised by the sight of a threatening mob. Imagine the very unfortunate impression the young Catholics would have got of Islam and of Muslims.
So ‘one swallow does a summer make’ in your view Mr. Jalleh?. The baseball batting in Detroit by Church going Christians against anyone “looking Muslim” (meaning anyone of olive complexion like the Lebanese including their many Christians) is therefore not worthy of your condemnation? imagine the traumatization of Christians by Christians simply because they ‘looked Muslim’.
This Mufti cannot surely represent the sentiments of all Muslims you condemn now can he? If so then all Catholics must be considered Nazis and Pedophiles would you not agree? There are more of these deviants amongst Catholics than there is in this one or two or even ten Mufti’s that err. (to err is human to forgive is divine).
If the conduct of the Catholic Church at its highest levels to the Pope and the acts of other Christians within the US, Britain and Australia were worthy of your condemnation and true outrage which as a Christian you ought to have felt and circulated like this bit of tripe before the invasion of Iraq, the Muslims in Malaysia would not align you with the evil of the American or the Vatican.
After all the Vatican is a sovereign state and you are someone who apparently places your loyalty to them ( a foreign state) above your loyalty to the state which really protects you which you call your home of which you are a citizen.
The mufti who had proven to be more of a misfit, was not man enough to own up. He blamed it on an SMS sent out by a woman! Why no action was taken against the mufti, and why the authorities remained mute (on both occasions) over his “mischief” remains but a mystery.
And neither is this Pope nor Pious the XII the other Nazi and Nazi supporter who befriended and blessed Hitler’s top brass as most of them were Catholics anyway (these two must be misfits if not outright war criminals of the highest order). Pope John Paul 2 did not have the courage to investigate the murder of Pope John Paul the 1st. Instead he ordered a cover up.
More important than all of that, none has come out publicly to apologize for and to admit at the same time there is a huge problem within the Church of homosexuality out of which arises the shameful criminal and most evil practice of predatory behavior on children. Its called pedophilia.
They pay out hundreds of millions of dollars in punitive and exemplary damages to its victims when caught, but refuse to apologize and acknowledge these crimes. Give us a break. One Mufti 100 Mufti’s. There are 1.3 billion Muslims worldwide including those who continue to give you a home in a Muslim majority Malaysia Mr. Jalleh.
You are a Burmese Eurasian Mr. Jalleh which means you have no homeland. The Church sanctified the actions of those who planted their wild oats in your women then returned to their Homeland leaving you without security, identity or roots at the end of the British empire. The Malay and the Muslim allowed you to remain with them and this is your gratitude to them? Of people like you Mahatma Gandhi once said:
“Monuments to European Adultery in the East, possessing the virtues of neither but the vices of both” Mohan Das Karamchand Gandhi.
You have to give them (the Malay and the Muslim) credit for not having forced conversion on you in spite of the things you say here about them. That in itself requires a bit of tolerance and courage on their part. They could have banned the Catholic church because of the international scandals and enemity the Catholic has shown Muslims. Catholicism was once of itself in its original form good. But it has since over the years been perverted by missionaries with its politics and supporters like you. The fact you remain in the church whilst millions continue to desert the Church you somehow think it is a virtue may be something for you to consider.
The Muslim classmates and friends that I had in St Michael’s Ipoh are still good and respected Muslims today, and such was their appreciation and respect for the La Salle Brothers that they made sure that their children in turn would attend a La Salle school or a Convent! Sacrilegious Sadly, your disrespect knew no bounds.
You see again this man Jalleh shows his latent racial biases without realizing it. Why should a friend be Muslim, Catholic, Malay or Chinese? he is either your friend or he is not. Why qualify your friendship on the basis of race or creed? Sending a student to La Salle or the Convent is not necessarily a sign of intelligence or a virtue. It’s a matter of choice.
Is Jalleh saying Malays never had a choice before? if he does I tend to agree wholeheartedly with the man. But I do not think it was intended that his hypocrisy be revealed in such a blatant yet ignorant way. Jalleh is no moral authority nor an authority where the Church is concerned. Sadly I must say, neither are many of the other ignorant Catholics and Christians who preach this anti Malay anti Islamic creed an authority on religion or anything else for that matter.
You chose to abandon all human and religious decency with impunity as a journalist and a Muslim. Under pretense of being a Catholic you participated in the church service and even partook of the Holy Communion (a white and sacred wafer) strictly meant only for Catholics.
This is license on the part of Jalleh. Where does he say he did it as a Muslim? The fact of his being a Muslim is being raised by people like Jalleh. Should we raise the Jalleh family background and their provenance for each thing they do and qualify it by that?
And what did this man do that is not decent? if receiving holy communion for whatever reason is indecent I think Mr. Jalleh has made out a case for the majority of Catholics who receive holy communion each day without being ‘worthy’ of doing so. In fact the Hymn during communion is testimony to that.; “Oh Lord I am not worthy that thou shouldst come to me”.
You consumed the white wafer which Catholics hold as very sacred and treat with utmost reverence, and both of you spat out the remnants, photographed it and published the picture in an article entitled “Tinjaun Al Islam Dalam Gereja:Mencari Kesahihan Remaja Murtad” which was published in the May 2009 issue of the Al Islam magazine.
If Jalleh has proof that the communion was “spat out” I am prepared to sue the journalist involved. Jalleh again engages in inflammatory language without any proof of his assertions because of his feigned outrage which is a thinly veiled anti Malay anti Muslim propaganda exercise which even the west has toned down of late but which Jalleh wallows in. An abject unmitigated fraud.
This nonesense about the wafer being consumed which is very sacred is all about an excuse in Muslim bashing. The wafer is symbolic of something deeper than a mere host which is likely to cause outrage by an ignoramus who claims exclusive possession of God. That’s what Jalleh is doing here.
God and Jesus never were and are not Catholic. Jesus had a lot more in common with the journalist as a rebel. Christ was a Jew ( a people theologically closer to Islam than Catholicism) than Jalleh and his many hypocritical followers within and without the Catholic Church.
Christ did not at the last supper say “Take this all of you Catholics and eat of it. This is my body which is to be given up for Catholics so that sins may be forgiven” (well the truth is Catholics believe he said it in Shakespearean English). Neither did Christ say “Eat this not Judas for thou shall sell me for 30 pieces of silver……or Do not eat this Peter, thou shalt deny me when the cock crows thrice”)
I shudder to think of what could happen if the reverse took place — if for instance two reporters from the Herald were to enter a mosque disguised as Muslims, partake of the rituals and desecrate something which the congregation considers very sacred. I can imagine Khairy Jamaluddin leading a group of Umno Youth thugs and burning the effigy of the Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur and even threatening to set fire to a few churches, and Zulkifli Nordin rousing up a mob and invading the Herald’s office and demanding that it be shut down for good; or certain Muslim NGOs insisting that the two
journalists be jailed under the ISA!
The first part: There are Non Muslims who desecrate mosques misguided by the Church, government agencies and the press in Italy, France, the US, Germany, UK, Israel and Australia.
The governments of each of these countries have openly admitted and demonstrated in court cases that they not only falsely parade their agents as Muslims in mosques but also infiltrate, recruit and train weaker mercenary Muslims to carry out acts against public places which is later used as a tool to justify the increased defence budgets in these places and to reinforce the bogey of Islam as a threat.
Remember that the Taleban was an American creation in the first place. So shudder all you want. The patience of Malays and Muslims will eventually wear thin and tired of your insults and you may well need a new place to live. And remember unless you are prepared to play second fiddle to a white man your position of peace, tranquility and prosperity is not guaranteed amongst them as a refugee.
In the second part Jalleh’s true target in his narrative finally arrives. UMNO. If Malays did burn an effigy of the Archbishop of KL then it would have been a little too little a little too late. The Churches are the reason many Indians languish in poverty and deprivation in places like Malaysia. And if the Muslims in Malaysia did what Jalleh claims they did, they would not be alone. Many more would be encouraged to join in with them. Attacking the Churches happens regularly in other countries regularly the world over.
If UMNO Malays did attack the Church and its Bishops it could not be any worse than what the US did in places like Guatemala, Nicaragua, Paraguay and Chile where they have assassinated Bishops, priests and nuns who worked for the poor and persecuted against Military Juntas supported by the Vatican and the US.
As for the ISA it was designed to shut people like Jalleh for inciting racial and religious intolerance and bigotry creating tensions without any good reason.
In fact it was the Christian British who created the ISA not knowing one day it could be used against them and their agents or groupies like Jalleh.
It makes me wonder how does a “creature” like you exist in this country? Are you the product of the educational, social or even religious system or process created by null leaders (also read as “null”) over the past 30 years?
How is it possible that you could blatantly trespass into a place of worship, violate its sanctity, insult its adherents, even publish your transgression and completely ignore the implications and consequences (will there be any)? What gives you such audacity?
It all points to the reality of you being a cog in null machine ? a political party that has politicised religion for its survival by creating unfounded insecurities amongst Muslims and a distrust of other religions. Meanwhile it dominates, dictates, decides and even defines what non-Muslims can and cannot discuss, deliberate on, and display in print. Malaysia in one big mess!
As I join my Catholic brothers and sisters in forgiving you (a Catholic duty we are reminded of!), I also pray that you will feel the full weight of God’s wrath upon you. I feel sad for the many good Muslims in this country who have a respect for peoples of other faiths, for not only have you insulted Catholics but you have insulted them too. Islam would do well without religious misfits like you!
Martin Jalleh has a serious problem. His Christian or Catholic brothers and sisters? who are these? forgiving this man after chastising him, insulting him and the government of Malaysia, insulting one fifth of humanity in its most diverse forms, then after one racial slur after another Forgiveness? I rest my case.
Gopal Raj Kumar on Martin Jalleh
(15 July 2009)