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Face to Face with

An Analysis of the Malaysian Reality
Tricia Yeoh (with Alwyn Lau)
November 2007~June2008


Malay supremacy Islamic vs. Secular State

Police Abuse Media Freedom University Rankings Sedition Act Falling FDI Orang Asli Indian Rights

Lina Joy OSA

Hindu Temples’ Demolition UUCA Free & Fair Elections PPPA Migrant Workers

Independence of Judiciary

The Great Malaysian Story Identity:Race+Religion NEP Lina Joy Hindu Temples’ Demolition Falling FDI Malay supremacy Orang Asli University Rankings Islamic vs. Secular State Indian Rights Migrant Workers Power Politics Free & Fair Elections Sedition Act Independence of Judiciary Official Secrets Act Police Abuse Media Freedom UUCA PPPA ISA .


The Great Malaysian Vision Legislature Legislature Parliament Executive Government Judiciary Judiciary Judges & Lawyers W AL IC IT L PO O N Active Civil Society Strong Opposition Public Policy Research Good Governance Transparency Accountability Check & Balance Translation of Policies into Action Fair Dealings LL I Independent Media Fair Election Process .

For every 10 Malaysians… March! Sign online petitions! Vote for the opposition! Justice! Change! Make enough $$$ to survive! Leave the country! Malaysia no more hope! The Government takes care of our needs! Vote BN! .

church and nation. The Government must be TRANSFORMED by Christ to realise His kingdom on earth” .“Jesus died as a political prisoner to bring transformation to life.

to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people. Isaiah 10:1-2 . to those who issue oppressive decrees. making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless."But Woe to those who make unjust laws.

’ Acts 4:19 . ‘Whether it's right in God's eyes to listen to you rather than to God."But Peter and John spoke right back. you decide.


The Church must be INDEPENDENT of the Government in being God’s agent on earth. Baptist Pastor .“When you pick up the sword. Gregory Boyd. you automatically put down the Cross.” Rev.

We must make Noah’s ark. “We must WORK WITH the Government to ensure a just society.“The only alternative to the political process is war. Council of Churches Malaysia friends in . Herman Sastri President. “The storm on the outside requires us to ensure there is peace inside.” Dr.

Treat everyone you meet with dignity. not by breaking the rules. Revere God.” (1 Peter 2:13-17) . Respect the government. whatever their level.“Make the Master proud of you by being good citizens. Exercise your freedom by serving God. you might cure the ignorance of the fools who think you're a danger to society. Love your spiritual family. Respect the authorities. they are God's emissaries for keeping order. It is God's will that by doing good.

All governments are under God. So live responsibly as a citizen. and God will hold you responsible."Be a good citizen. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear. . then you're irresponsible with God. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you're trying to get by with something. it's God's order. If you're irresponsible to the state. Insofar as there is peace and order.

the government working to your advantage.“Do you want to be on good terms with the government? Be a responsible citizen and you'll get on just fine. . The police aren't there just to be admired in their uniforms. and he uses them to do it. God also has an interest in keeping order. watch out. But if you're breaking the rules right and left.

"That's why you must live responsibly—not just to avoid punishment but also because it's the right way to live. respect your leaders. pay your bills. Fulfill your obligations as a citizen. That's also why you pay taxes—so that an orderly way of life can be maintained.” Romans 13:1-7 . Pay your taxes.

Poor Civil Disobedience / Peaceful Protest Church as Transformative Agent / “Be Jesus’ hands and feet” Migration / “Seek greener pastures” O% Apathy / “Life goes on” Anti-Govt Pro-Govt .100% Political Partisanship / “Join PKR!” Civil-Political Influence / Dialogue / Monitoring Political Partisanship / “Join BN!” Involvement in politics Civil Action / NGOs’ / Help Oppressed.

Where do YOU fit in? Parliament Government Judges & Lawyers Active Civil Society Independent Media Strong Opposition Public Policy Research Fair Election Process .

Active Civil Society Identity:Race+Religion       Power Politics       Learn & understand culture of the other Speak “language” of the other Build bridges Dialogue & Workshops Everyday relationships NGO work Vote wisely Right to information Write boldly Monitor policies closely with statistics Watch leaders’ words International pressure groups .

Justice in every religion • Understanding what makes them tick • A common humanity. A common people • God’s heart for transformation of all alike .Race+Religion (a hard nut to crack) Capturing the Malay(sian) Heartland • Removing our own personal prejudices • Justice in every language.

13 June 2008) .“Malaysia Will Always Be Your Home” (Tricia Yeoh.