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MCSC: Shocked by SPM 10+2 Exclusivity

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The Malayan Christian Schools’ Council (MCSC) held a Press Conference this morning, December 17, 2009 at the MCSC HQ in Petaling Jaya. This is to express the shock of MCSC at the exclusivity of the recently announced SPM 10+2 subjects and the marginalization of subjects like Bible Knowledge.

Press Statement by MCSC
SHOCKED BY SPM 10+2 EXCLUSIVITY

The Malayan Christian Schools’ Council is shocked at the Government’s decision not to include Bible Knowledge in the 2 additional SPM subjects as announced recently.

This is despite repeated representations and memoranda to the authorities concerned since June this year.

In The Star Online news report dated Tuesday December 8, 2009 it was announced that the two additional SPM subjects are limited to Bahasa Arab, Bahasa Cina, Bahasa Tamil, Chinese Literature and Tamil Literature.

This decision appears to have been hastily taken without due consultation.  It has unjustly excluded other subjects which are highly valued by ethnic and religious minorities in Malaysia.

Among these subjects are Bahasa Iban, Bahasa Punjab and Bible Knowledge. This marginalisation is a source of great consternation among the affected communities which constitute a significant percentage of Malaysians.

We urge the Cabinet, in particular the Minister of Education, to leave the choice of the two additional SPM subjects to the candidate.  Surely, such an inclusive approach is more in line with the PM’s vision of 1Malaysia “People First, Performance Now”.

YAP KOK KEONG
Chairman
MALAYAN CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS’ COUNCIL

Dated this 17th December 2009

(The Malayan Christian Schools’ Council represents the Mission Authorities of the Catholic, Methodist, Anglican, Brethren, Presbyterian and Basel Churches)

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Written by PahlawanVolunteers

December 17, 2009 at 4:56 pm

Posted in Barisan Rakyat

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  1. Let’s dig out exactly who were the individuals who left out or pushed out the Bible Knowledge subject etc. That way, those individuals can be held personally responsible/accountable – so that they won’t have a chance to play up religious tensions and use that as an excuse/ammunition. We also need to stand together with our Malaysian brothers to retain Bahasa Iban, Bahasa Punjabi, Bahasa Kadazan etc.

    Jovian ak. Ipoh

    December 17, 2009 at 6:58 pm

  2. Hello!
    Granted we are unable to share our religion but let us be grateful to share our language and our contributions as a race to society.

    Suhanti

    December 17, 2009 at 9:32 pm

  3. THIS IS A DISGRACE….I AM VERY SHOCKED AND SAD TO READ THIS….WHAT KIND OF MESSAGE IS THIS SENDING ….THERE ARE MANY INDIANS, CHINESE, MALAY SABAHANS AND SARAWAKIANS WHO ARE ALSO CHIRISTIANS AND CATHOLICS..
    SHAME ON THE PEOPLE WHO STARTED THIS NONSENSE. SHAME ON YOU!

    IT WAS BAD ENOUGH SINCE THE TIME I WAS WEARING THE CROSS I WAS BANNED TO WEAR IT AND TODAY I AM STILL ASKED TO DO SO WHEN IT IS MY BELIEF AND HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEF OR WHO ARE OF ANOTHER RELIGION…
    HAVE YOU SUCH FEAR AND SUCH LITTLE FAITH IN YOUR OWN BELIEFS THAT YOU MUST WASTE SO MUCH ENERGY AND TIME ON THIS WHEN YOU SHOULD BE BETTERING THE EDUCATION SYSTEM….TO HAVE ENGLISH AS A NUMBER ONE AND MORE SUBJECTS IN ENGLISH IN SCHOOL COS IT IS THE INTERNATIONAL LANGUAGE LIKE IT OR NOT, AND THE REST ARE ALL LANGUAGES YOU CAN HAVE AS EXTRA LESSONS CHINESE MALAY OR JAWI BUT BIBLE STUDIES ARE FOR THOSE WHO ARE CHRISTIANS AND NOT FOR THOSE WHO DO NOT BELIEF….IN CHRIST
    SHAME ON YOU …THOSE WHO HAVE STARTED THIS…..WHAT KIND OF EDUCATION DID YOU GET….IT MUST BE A VERY BAD ONE….

    FRANCISSCA PETER.

    FRANCISSCA PETER

    December 17, 2009 at 11:01 pm

  4. ONE MALAYSIA HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH WHAT HAS BEEN THERE A LONG TIME….RESPECT FOR OTHER PEOPLES FAITH.
    “ONE” MALAYSIA MEANS EXACTLY UNITED AND FAIR AND EQUAL BEING ONE THAT IS MY UNDERSTANDING IN ENGLISH WHICH IS ALSO EQUATED TO FREEDOM FOR ALL RACE AND RELIGIOUS….SO LEAVE THE RELIGION ALONE COS THAT IS RESPECT FOR OTHERS…
    I NEVER HEARD OF THE PEOPLE BEING ARRESTED FOR SPITTING THE HOS WHICH IS WORSE WHEN THEY WENT TO THE CATHOLIC CHURCH AND DID THAT OR THE ONES WHO CUT THE COWS HEAD AND WERE DISRESPECTFUL…
    STOP THIS, STOP THIS, COS IT IS NOT NICE TO HURT OTHER PEOPLE

    FRANCISSCA PETER

    December 17, 2009 at 11:10 pm

  5. “Bahasa Arab, Bahasa Cina, Bahasa Tamil, Chinese Literature and Tamil Literature”, “Bahasa Iban, Bahasa Punjab and Bible Knowledge”

    I’ve survived without them, and hey, I’m still a Catholic. Sorry, I just can’t see why we need those subjects at all. Probably for bragging rights when someone scores an A for any of those subjects, I think. Scoring an A doesn’t make you a better christian/linguist, it only means that you have an exceptionally good memory.

    alexbeemer

    December 17, 2009 at 11:26 pm

  6. My question is very simple……….What are these people afraid of? Is their faith so fragile?

    David Netto

    December 17, 2009 at 11:33 pm

  7. alexbeemer

    It is not an issue of whether you “need” the subjects or not. It is not a question of survival, nor bragging rights.
    It is a question of civil liberties, being given the right to choose the subject of our choice, instead of being restricted by another person who happens to have a different religious or ethnic background to ours.
    If we do nothing to stop such an erosion, more of our civil liberties will be chipped away until we have none.
    Remember, at the very beginning of Merdeka and the formation of Malaysia, it was truly 1Malaysia with mutual respect for all; Islam was the official religion but Malaysia was a secular state, Sabah & Sarawak were exempt from Islam-centricity; all races are equal.
    Then, some demented Doctor declared we’ve “always been an Islamic state” and today, it is taken as fact because nobody opposed it when the mistake was made. This is just one of the fallouts from doing nothing.
    Thus, whether you “need” Iban, Punjab and Bible Knowledge” or not, or whether you can survive and remain a Catholic with or without, be careful you’re not like the six million Jews who thought Hitler was a rambling lunatic who cannot be taken seriously. They ended up in the Holocaust, or would you believe that it never happened.

    SChin

    December 18, 2009 at 1:24 am

  8. In short…. ITS SICKENING !

    Edmund Tan

    December 18, 2009 at 9:34 am

  9. Dear Decision makers of the country,

    Are you reading all this? What a vast difference it is from the time of your schooling days where you were exposed to a harmonious environment where you were taught to respect all religion and races! Your schooling days saw many friendships blooming across cultures! Why aren’t you promoting that environment to our kids who will be leaders of tomorrow? We are feeling very hurt because this certainly does not reflect the true 1Malaysia spirit! It is making the sacrifices of our older generations amount to nothing! Have a heart for the less fortunate ones! Concentrate yr resources to more abstract issues for the benefit of the future leaders of the country! We need more positive Malaysia Boleh spirit just like the recent performance in the SEA games!! Think Malaysia as a whole! Each and every one born on Malaysia soil are rooting out for you decision makers to make informed decisions about the future of the country! Do not let us Malaysians fall behind!

    Michelle Anne G

    December 18, 2009 at 1:22 pm

  10. meh

    alexbeemer

    December 18, 2009 at 4:49 pm

  11. Hi Alexbeemer & David Netto,

    I’m not sure how much you know about your faith, church history and other religions.

    It is not just a matter of these 3 subjects that are not included in the SPM. But THE AGENDA BEHIND IT.

    This announcement is very obvious to me. Lina Joy case, ban Allah for Christians, limiting churches in Malaysia(only in factory areas) and now this… Can you see the bigger picture?

    Journey Home

    December 20, 2009 at 2:20 pm

  12. i would like to know whether i can stil take Bible knowledge as one of my SPM paper.. and whether Bible knowledge is included in the list of subjects for selection for JPA scholars as i am a science student and can only take up one subject…

    grace

    January 7, 2010 at 7:55 pm

  13. It is clear…Isalm has no problem changing it’s words. They force others to do what they intend not what they say…what they force and want.

    In countries like Iran where Isalm has control, those that Believe Jesus, are put in prison and hung.

    As long as those that live around Islam ‘submit’ to it, then Islam will take more and more control.

    Even in Islam, if one speaks against the extreme Muslim they are killed too.

    interesting Allah may be used by both.

    Messiah Jesus on knowing Allah/God says in Revelation 1:1 chapter 1 verse 1 and 3:19&20; the Words of Messiah Jesus given from heaven.”

    “I love you, and ask you to repent from your sins, quickly. Behold I am at your heart’s door knocking to come in, if you ask me in, i will begin fellowship/friendship/sup with you and you with me.”

    I prayed, “Thank you Messiah, help me and I am sorry for my sins, even one lie, come into my heart and be my friend, amen.”
    At that point I knew new life and amazing grace.

    Isaiah 53rd chapter predicted that the Messiah would die with the wicked as a lamb for our sins and be rejected. and that he would be burried with the rich, and see his believers.

    One’s Allah says to kill those that come to believe what Messiah Jesus teaches; Mercy killing for Allah.

    why some believes Messiah Jesus,, who states “I and my father are one” If you have seen me you have seen the father.” Gospel of John
    “If any man adds to my words, they shall have plagues put upon them.”
    the closing of the Bible; Revelation 22 last chapter verses 13-16

    davidaisrael

    March 13, 2010 at 8:03 pm
    In this Islam holds to an idea that Jesus is simply one more prophet in the line of God’s prophets (Yet who is the one and only Messiah, who is coming back to reign? the most important one!)
    Islam rejects the promises of the book according to what the ‘angel’ or deamon/fallen angel told illiterate Mohamad…not to hold to an idea that Jesus is the fulfillment of the prophecies of the Old Testament.
    Whom will we believe?..the one who at over 40 years old said the angel told him this and also to marry a 6 year old little child Aisha to make him the greatest pedo leader (some say it was ok in that day; while Muslim girls sold to old men are trying at 8 years old to get divorces in the Islamic courts today. This is the same angel, who also said go and kill non believers for Allah?
    When Messiah Jesus to be as Adam and Eve, one man for one woman (not little child yuk hix hix)
    Messiah said to love others as you love yourself, and to share the good news/gospel to help others change.

    the predictions of the Jewish Scriptures … Who then will be the Messiah to be made very high yet to be rejected to die as a lamb for our sins. to die with the wicked and be burried with the rich. Isaiah 52 last paragraph prediction and chapter 53.

    The Muslim missionary literature interprets references to the coming of the Holy Spirit (Parakletos) to Mohamad, yet Mohamad does not claim to be the Messiah or the Holy Spirit.
    Messiah Jesus says he will send the Holy Spirit who will be in us, in John’s Gospel chapters 14 & 16, as referring to another human comforter, Muhammad, rather than to the coming of the Holy Spirit. This argument was part of what apparently is important to Islamic missionary need – to prove that in fact the New Testament predicted the coming of Muhammad. It also denies Acts 2 event of Pentecost or the role for the Holy Spirit in the life of God’s people.
    The literature claimed that no one in all of history could be the promised Comforter of John 14:16 except for Muhammad.
    Easy to see how those that believed him about marrying a 6 year old little child Aisha would believe Mohamad’s angel..that he is the holy spirit, that enters the believers in Messiah Jesus.

    I am kicked out of Judaism, for believing that Jesus is the Messiah!
    Who will you believe…?

    davidaisrael

    March 13, 2010 at 8:42 pm

  14. interesting to compare the promises of yes we will teach equal time to each
    ..then no (we lied), we will not allow teachings of Messiah Jesus.

    Mohamad said to learn the teachings of Jesus who is the only Messiah and coming back to rule over the earth.
    Whose mother Mary is the most blessed of all women.

    Yet, he says Jesus was just a prophet, and that he Mohamad was greater than Jesus and is the Holy Spirit that Jesus promised to send and came to fill the believers in Messiah Jesus; John chapters 14 and 16 and acts chapters 1 and 2.
    Mohamad was…forgetting that he had said that Jesus is the Messiah. and Mary, not his own mother, was the most blessed of all women.
    which means as she cried for her son on the cross, and cried as she went to his tomb, if Islam is right and Jesus did not as predicted die as a lamb for our sins *(Isaiah 53) that…Mary had to be insane to cry over the wrong person thinking it was Jesus, yet they believe she is the most blessed of all women???

    Islam says it is ok to marry a little girl child…
    Islam says it is ok to kill infadels
    Islam says if you write and say anything against Islam you are to be killed

    Jesus says; to marry one man to one woman all the way back to Adam and Eve.
    to love your enemy and give them water to drink
    Gospel of John
    Whom will we chose to expect the truth from
    Islam or Messiah Jesus?

    We will tell the truth, and treat you fairly? Who will you believe???

    davidaisrael

    March 13, 2010 at 8:56 pm

  15. this is a great let down, but look up…truth can in other places and will still be told..but it may cost us our lives… see chickpublications.com
    in 66 languages and teaches Messiah Jesus and comic easy to read, and about Islam too.

    I am born Jewish, and came to believe as the Catholic Charismatics prayer taught me to let him into my heart and not just my head….

    they and Islam says that Jesus is the Messiah.

    davidaisrael

    March 13, 2010 at 9:09 pm

  16. Islam does not fear fairytales..they do not hang people for teaching about Mickey Mouse…they fear the truth.
    read II Corinthians chapters 7&8
    I have many Malaysian friends some are Muslim, some are other beliefs, some are Muslims that have come to know the Messiah Jesus.

    In your country, if you teach the truth you go to prison, where you can teach about Messiah Jesus.

    in other countries like Iran, you are arrested for just being a believer in Messiah, and many are hung for it.

    Rejoice to suffer for Messiah, it is the last days, and we have the greatest opportunity today.

    In my country a Jewish man put a 38 pistol/gun to my face and said, “If you say one more word about Jesus being the Messiah, I will blow your head off.”

    I told him, “Unless Messiah Jesus let’s you, you cant even pull the trigger.”

    he put the gun down, and put it in his car and came back to talk to me. hehe

    live for what you believe,
    make underground teaching, and fear not, “Fear not for I/Messiah Jesus, have over come the world. In this world you will have tribulation, but Fear not.”

    davidaisrael

    March 13, 2010 at 9:27 pm


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