PETALING JAYA: MCA criticised PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang over his remarks that missionaries were spreading Christian teachings with money and other forms of aid.
Hadi was quoted in Harakah as saying that Christian missionaries were spreading their teachings in Africa and the interiors of Sabah and Sarawak after having being rejected by the educated in Western nations.
MCA vice-president Datin Paduka Chew Mei Fun said Hadi even accused Christian missionaries of â€œspreading their religion not by using knowledge and reasoned argument, but by baiting their targets with money and other forms of aid.â€
Chew noted that it was the PAS-led Kelantan government which had offered RM10,000 to each Muslim preacher who marries an Orang Asli and naturally converts him/her as part of renewed efforts to propagate Islam among the 3,000-odd community in the state.
“Is not the PAS-led Kelantan government equally guilty of the very accusation they conjure against Christians, whereby in addition to monetary incentive, the state government would also provide preachers with free accommodation, a four-wheel-drive vehicle and a fixed monthly allowance of RM1,000,” Chew, who is Deputy Women, Family and Community Development Minister, said in a statement.
“Were these monetary incentives offered by the Kelantan state government to the preacher who was successful in gaining new Muallafs a sincere attempt at propagating Islam, or, was the Kelantan state government taking advantage of the underprivileged Orang Asli community who generally live in rural poverty?
“The preachers who attempted to spread their religion â€“ were they doing so out of genuine missionary zeal to save the souls of the unconverted, or were they attracted to the material enticement prepared by the PAS state government?
“Make no mistake. MCA is not questioning Islam nor converts who became Muslims through their own volition and belief in the values of justice, mercy and compassion, protection of the rights of non-Muslims which Islam teaches.
“However, MCA insists that PAS looks at its own backyard first of offering monetary and material rewards before creating suspicion against the Christian community through unsubstantiated allegations,” she said.-The Star