[Press Statement] : Vote Wisely for a Better Malaysia

CHRISTIAN FEDERATION OF MALAYSIA
PERSEKUTUAN KRISTIAN MALAYSIA
(PPM-003-10-14011986)

Address : 26 Jalan Universiti, 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia
Telephone / Fax : + 60 3 7957 1457
Email: cfmsia@yahoo.co.uk

26 April 2018

A Statement by the Christian Federation of Malaysia
for the 14th General Election in Malaysia

VOTE WISELY FOR A BETTER MALAYSIA

 

Once every five years Malaysians have the right to elect their government and leaders. The
Church is non-partisan but for Christians who are citizens of Malaysia, voting responsibly in
the upcoming 14th General Election in Malaysia is a moral duty.

Genesis 1:28 tells us that God appointed man, steward over His creation. He also gave Adam
and Eve, free-will – the freedom to choose. The Creation account teaches us to choose wisely
for to each choice made, there are consequences – good or bad. As a community with the
ability to discern, let us therefore choose wisely the leaders who will govern us. For when the
righteous are in authority, the people rejoice… (Proverbs 29:2). So that we may prosper and
rejoice as a nation, let us approach the forthcoming 14th General Election in a right spirit.

 

a) Discernment
Enjoined by God to seek discernment that we may be wise and have understanding
(Deuteronomy 32 : 28-29), let us ask God for an ever increasing ability to discern between
right and wrong and the wisdom to choose rightly, the Members of Parliament and the State
legislative assembly representatives for the next 5 years. To do so, we need to ask questions
of the candidates, listen carefully to their policies and position on, among others, upholding
the Rule of Law and the supremacy of the Federal Constitution and safeguarding the
freedoms (including the freedom of religion) enshrined in it as well as their willingness to be
held accountable and to serve for the common good, effectively, to promote the well-being of
all, including the poor and marginalised. For all candidates, let us match their walk with their
talk.

 

b) Solidarity
Being a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society, we need more than ever to be a nation
founded on the Golden Rule: in everything, do unto others what you would have them do to
you (Matthew 7:12). If we are to stand in solidarity with each other, we must build bridges
with all peoples irrespective of race, religion, ethnicity, gender and socio-economic status. If
we are to be a nation rooted in the love of God and the love of our neighbour (Matthew
22:36-40), our leaders need to promote actively, harmony, peace, national unity and respect
for all Malaysians.

 

c) Prayer
Paul exhorted the community at Thessalonica to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians
5:17). Prayer being integral to Christians, let us earnestly ask the Holy Spirit to point the way
to leaders of God’s choosing, those who will serve all peoples of Malaysia with integrity and
courage, May we too be given courage – the courage to vote according to our conscience. All
authority being delegated by God, let us entrust all who are elected to our Righteous Judge
confident that they will be answerable to Him for their every decision and action. That
Malaysia’s 14th General Election will be free and fair and we be blessed with a smooth and
peaceful transition to the next government must be our ardent cry.

 

Standing as one, all churches encompassed within the Christian Federation of Malaysia
fervently pray for a peaceful and fair 14th General Election. We call on all political parties
and candidates to focus on the issues affecting our nation, to be civil when presenting their
political agenda and to desist from all strategies which may generate division, acrimony and
dissension among the peoples of our beloved country.

 

We commend to God Almighty the 14th General Election of Malaysia.
“In You, LORD my God,… I put my trust.” (Psalm 25:1-2a).

 

Signed,

Archbishop Julian Leow Beng Kim                                                         Archbishop Dr. Simon Poh Hoon Seng
Chairman                                                                                                      Vice-chairman

Bishop Dr. Ong Hwai Teik                                                                        Revd. Dr. Eu Hong Seng
Vice-chairman                                                                                             Vice-chairman