CCM IS GRAVELY CONCERNED ON ARRESTS OF MALAYSIAN ACTIVISTS AND OPPOSITION POLITICIANS
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“Behold I Make All Things New”PRESS STATEMENTCCM IS GRAVELY CONCERNEDON ARRESTS OF MALAYSIAN ACTIVISTS AND OPPOSITIONPOLITICIANSThe Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) is gravely concerned about the arrests and rearrests over the past week, of Malaysian activists and opposition politicians. It is adisturbing development that our nation has not seen in decades.Expressing disapproval and dissent is a fundamental element of a democratic process andof democratic governance. Citizens have a fundamental right to call for publicdemonstrations to show their dissent, as long as there is no use or call for violence. Itwould be wrong to assume that challenges to authority immediately translate into anarchyand violence.The Home Ministry and the Police should be circumspect in handling dissent, whichshould be the hallmark of a government that claims a mature democracy.The CCM holds in prayer those who have been arrested for expressing disagreement or fororganizing peaceful dissent. The CCM also prays that the power bestowed upon thegovernment of Malaysia, will be tempered by justice, patience and goodwill towards allMalaysians.signed signedBISHOP PHILIP LOK OI PENG REV. DR. HERMEN SHASTRIPresident General Secretary29thMay 2013MAJLIS GEREJA-GEREJA MALAYSIACOUNCIL OF CHURCHES OF MALAYSIA26 Jalan Universiti 46200 Petaling Jaya, Selangor Darul Ehsan, MalaysiaTel: 03-79567092/79608926/ 79551587 Fax: 03-79560353E-Mail: email@example.comfirstname.lastname@example.orgMember Churches:·Anglican Diocese of Kuching · Anglican Diocese of Sabah· Anglican Diocese of West Malaysia· Basel Christian Church of Malaysia· Evangelical Lutheran Church inMalaysia· Lutheran Church in Malaysia & Singapore· Mar Thomas Syrian Church· The Methodist Church: Chinese Annual Conference· Sabah Provisional Annual Conference· SarawakChinese Annual Conference· Sarawak Iban Annual Conference· Tamil Annual Conference· Trinity Annual Conference· Orthodox Syrian Church· Presbyterian Church in Malaysia· ProtestantChurch in Sabah· The Salvation Army·Associate Members: · Bible Society of Malaysia· The Boy’s Brigade in Malaysia· Girls’ Brigade Malaysia· Interserve Fellowship· Malaysian Care· Mobilization Fellowship Malaysia· NationalCouncil of YMCA’s· Seminari Theoloji Malaysia· Sabah Theological Seminary· YWCA· Prison Fellowship Malaysia . Open Doors MalaysiaAffiliate Member : Coptic Orthodox Church .