[News] 4 more churches attacked in Malaysia in Allah feud

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Police officers inspect damage at the All Saints Church in Taiping of Perak state, Malaysia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Another church was hit by a firebomb early Sunday, the fifth assault in three days of unrest following a court decision that allows Christians and other non-Muslims to use 'Allah' to refer to God.

Police officers inspect damage at the All Saints Church in Taiping of Perak state, Malaysia, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2010. Another church was hit by a firebomb early Sunday, the fifth assault in three days of unrest following a court decision that allows Christians and other non-Muslims to use 'Allah' to refer to God.

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Firebombs were thrown at three more churches in Malaysia on Sunday and another was splashed with black paint, the latest in a series of assaults on Christian houses of worship following a court decision allowing non-Muslims to use “Allah” to refer to God.

Despite the attacks, thousands of Christians nationwide attended Sunday services and prayed for national unity and an end to the violence.

The unprecedented attacks have set off a wave of disquiet among Malaysia’s minority Christians and strained their ties with the majority Malay Muslims. About 9 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people are Christian, most of whom are ethnic Chinese or Indian. Muslims make up 60 percent of the population and most of them are ethnic Malays.

Religious minorities have often complained about what they say is institutionalized religious discrimination here.

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[News] Fourth church attacked in Malaysia as Allah row deepens

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People gather as an investigator inspects the damage to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are seen in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. A fourth church in Malaysia has been hit by firebombs by unidentified attackers, stoking concern among Christians amid a growing dispute in the country over the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims.

People gather as an investigator inspects the damage to Good Shepherd Lutheran Church are seen in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. A fourth church in Malaysia has been hit by firebombs by unidentified attackers, stoking concern among Christians amid a growing dispute in the country over the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims. (AP photo)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – A fourth church in Malaysia was hit by firebombs Saturday, stoking concern among Christians as a dispute rages over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims.

The latest incident occurred after three other churches were firebombed Friday, just days after a Kuala Lumpur court ruled non-Muslims to use the word “Allah” to refer to God in their literature.

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[News] 3 Malaysian churches attacked in ‘Allah’ dispute

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Fire rescue personal inspect the damage after unidentified attackers set fire to a church in Malaysia, early Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. Officials say unidentified attackers have set fire to a church in Malaysia amid a growing conflict in the country over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. (AP Photo)

Fire rescue personal inspect the damage after unidentified attackers set fire to a church in Malaysia, early Friday, Jan. 8, 2010. Officials say unidentified attackers have set fire to a church in Malaysia amid a growing conflict in the country over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. (AP Photo)

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – Assailants attacked three Malaysian churches with firebombs Friday, extensively damaging one amid a growing conflict over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims, officials said. 

The attacks sharply escalated tensions in the Muslim-majority country ahead of planned protests by Muslims later Friday against a Kuala Lumpur High Court verdict which struck down a 3-year-old ban on non-Muslims using “Allah” in their literature. 

“I condemn these actions because they will destroy our country’s harmony,” Prime Minister Najib Razak told reporters. “The government will take whatever steps it can to prevent such acts.” 

Najib said he has told the national police chief to step up security at churches and other places of worship. 

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[News] Final rites for donor Chiew

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Self-made badge by Chiew, now a souvenir for her family

Self-made badge by Chiew, now a souvenir for her family (image from chinapress.com)

MUAR: The body of Chiew Fong Neo was cremated at the Batu 13 Muar-Tangkak crematorium yesterday.
The 43-year-old mother of three was the saviour of four people who received her lungs, kidneys and liver following a hit-and-run accident on Sunday which claimed her life on Tuesday.

Chiew’s livers were transplanted into a 43-year-old woman identified as Sarojini, a victim of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis who underwent a 10-hour double lung transplant at the National Heart Institute.

Chiew’s kidneys were given to a 51-year-old man from Batu Pahat and an unidentified patient who both went through five-hour transplants at the Selayang and Kuala Lumpur hospitals respectively.

Another recipient was a 9-year-old girl who underwent a liver transplant at the Selayang Hospital.

It is learnt that Chiew’s heart valves and cornea, which were also donated, will be used for surgeries within the next few days.

Chiew, an electronics factory worker in Singapore, died at the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital in Muar two days after her motorcycle was rammed from behind by a car in front of a 24-hour convenience store in Tangkak at 4pm.

She was rushed to Tangkak Hospital and later transfered to the Sultanah Fatimah Specialist Hospital, where she died of severe head injuries on Wednesday.

Chiew’s husband, Len Liang Peng, 44, a fruit hawker in Singapore, and her elder sister, Fong Kiaw, said the family did what Chiew wanted, that is to donate her organs to give life to others.

They said Chiew liked to help others in need and was involved in many community and social works.

“We want to fulfil her wish of donating her organs to those in need. We pray for her soul to rest in peace,” Len said.

“We also hope the police could quickly arrest the person who caused her death.”

Chiew had returned to her home in Taman Wawasan Two, Tangkak Jaya about a month ago to arrange for the schooling of her three daughters, Len Wei Mean, 13, Wei Yee, 10, and Wei Ing, 5.

Len’s mother, Yap Geok Moi, 67, said she would take care of the children.

[source: http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/13gya/Article/index_html]

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Two wolves

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Fighting from http://www.desktopnexus.com

Fighting from http://www.desktopnexus.com

A Cherokee elder sitting with his grandchildren told them,
“In every life there is a terrible fight – a fight between two wolves.

One is evil: he is fear, anger, envy, greed, arrogance, self-pity, resentment, and deceit.
The other is good: joy, serenity, humility, confidence, generosity, truth, gentleness, and compassion.”

A child asked,
“Grandfather, which wolf will win?”

The elder looked him in the eye.
“The one you feed.”

Lesson: Development of good character depends on everyday choices one makes.

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Plantation by CJ

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Plantation by CJ

Plantation by CJ

Plantation

My life begins with a tiny seed,
sowed from the wet and dark underground
and the earth worms and bugs creep
suffocated by the stones and soil.

How I wish to bask in sunshine..
roots are pushing deep
shoots are showing up
hoping to see a different world

Finally the day comes
I poke my head up out the ground
wet, dark, creepy, and suffocated
it’s the same world…

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