Published on: Saturday, June 14, 2014
Penampang: Member of Parliament Darell Leiking feels the ban on the "The Golden Son of the Kadazan" about the life and struggles of the late Datuk Peter Mojuntin should be lifted and be allowed to be reprinted for historical information.
"In a reply to my question as to why the autobiographical book is being banned and not the book published by Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) entitled 'Pendedahan Agenda Kristian' (Revelation of the Christian Agenda"), the Minister of Home Affairs had replied that the book had 'heavily criticised' the Federal Government and was deemed to be detrimental to the national security on the poor excuse that its content would cause religious disharmony between Muslims and Christians in the country," he said.
Leiking said after several attempts to secure the "real reasons" for the 36-year ban, the Home Minister may have inadvertently revealed the "real reasons" for the banning.
"It is shocking to know that an autobiography of a former Moyog State Assemblyman has been deemed to be detrimental to national security and being banned because it could, in the words of the Minister, cause religious disharmony between the Muslims and Christians in Malaysia.
But at the same time, how could another controversial book known as "Pendedahan Agenda Kristian" which is being categorised as research, been allowed to be published/distributed freely without being deemed to be causing religious misunderstanding and disharmony?" he charged.
He said he found nothing in the Golden Son of the Kadazan (which is easily available online) that can be deemed to cause religious disharmony nor material that heavily criticised the Federal Government apart from fair comments and opinions by Bernard Sta Maria two years after the tragic air crash of 1976 which took the life of Mojuntin and several others.
"I am inclined to believe that there is much more than meets the eye in this particular 'case as the Minister seems to have a strange reason for what causes and 'does not cause' religious disharmony.
"The Minister apparently has a narrow view of the way the Federation of Malaysia should be managed as he seems to "condone" religious and extremist bigots such as those threatening to burn the Bible and those giving anti-Christian seminar in the local university," he said.
"We can always do without the religious extremists who have become the thorn and pests to our Federation and the Minister of Home Affairs must act on these religious bigots and instigators," he added.
Leiking said the Federation needs a serious reset and it can begin to do so by allowing real historical facts to be disseminated to the population.
"The Golden Son of the Kadazan has letters and correspondences which may shed light into how North Borneo came to form the Federation of Malaysia and even how certain sentiments were boiling due to the broken promises of the formation (of the Federation of Malaysia) and many more.
"Let all the historical facts which are contained in this book be made known to all Malaysians especially the younger ones since they will eventually be taking over the leadership of the country," he said.