Thursday, January 31, 2008

Gandhi after 60 years - His Triumph changed the World Forever

The Saint of non-violence lives as a conscience in the hearts of men

Gandhi,Jesus & Christianity

Gandhi like Jesus remains a conscience in the hearts of men

January 30, 2008 was the 60th.anniversary of the death of one of the greatest personalities of recent times; Mahatma Ghandi.It is only proper for us to pay tribute this great man who is undeniably a saint of non-violence. He lived and sacrificed his life in defending that virtuous policy of non-violence.

This is what he had to say about Jesus:

“Jesus was the most active resister known perhaps to history. His was nonviolence par excellence.”

As Christians, who claim to be the followers of Jesus, very often we do not emulate Christ in real life. It may be timely for us to reflect on our lives to see how Christ-like we are in daily living.

This is what Gandhi had to say about Christians:

“It is a first class human tragedy that people of the earth who claim to believe in the message of Jesus, whom they describe as the Prince of Peace; show little of that belief in actual practice.”

Though Gandhi’s views were influenced by his bitter experiences with the racist policies and hegemony of the powerful Christian British Empire at that time, his observations are nevertheless true to this day. He continued,

“Do not flatter yourselves with the belief that a mere recital of that celebrated verse in St. John makes a man a Christian. If I had to face only the Sermon on the Mount and my own interpretation of it, I should not hesitate to say, ‘O yes, I am a Christian.”

Today many of us have the misguided notion that to be a good Christians we must have a thorough knowledge of the bible. We spend a lot of time and energy to muster the bible. What about those who cannot read and write? What about those who are physically or mentally handicapped? Can’t they be good followers of Christ? It is how much you know the bible but rather how well you want to live the way Jesus wants us to.

Gandhi,a devout Hindu, appeared to have understood Jesus much more than many of us.He live a life more like Christ than may of us Christians. Lord Mountbatten, the last British Viceroy of India said Gandhi would go down in history as 'on par with Buddha and Jesus Christ', I cannot agree less with that statement and I even go a step further to say that the Mahatma was a modern version of Jesus.

Gandhi believed in the universality of God, “The Allah of Islam is the same as the God of Christians and the Ishwar of Hindus.”

This concept of the universality of God is something which is badly needed in today’s world where violence in the name of the Almighty name is so rampant. It is also something we as Christians can learn from him; despite belonging to different faiths we are in fact all children of one God.

We are so intent in fighting one another to claim superiority over our adversaries, man against man, race against race, religion against religion and nation against nation. We resort to all the resources at our disposal; powerful arms, violence and war, to achieve victory over our enemies. We justify the use of violence to protect our perceived rights.

But to the great man of non-violence “Victory attained by violence is tantamount to a defeat, for it is momentary.”

That philosophy he proved right when he single-handedly defeated the all powerful British colonialist, not by power and might but peace and love. Doesn’t his action resemble those of Jesus, whose love, humility, non-retaliation and forgiveness, brought him victory over the powerful Roman Empire?

Many of us today find it difficult to believe how a small, timid and frail looking man like Gandhi could dare to challenge the mighty British Empire. Just after sixty years we are finding it difficult to believe how Gandhi could have brought down the British Empire. As Albert Einstein, another great man and genius said 'Generations to come will scarcely believe that such a one as this ever in flesh and blood walked upon this earth.

Mahatma Gandhi may have left this world but his memories remain very much with us, alive and relevant .Like Jesus he did not possess power, position or wealth. His simplicity, integrity and a heart for fellow men, including the enemies had touched many and he will remain a conscience in the hearts of men for generations to come.

Dr.Chris Anthony

Friday, January 25, 2008

Emergency fund for those in need

The Church must be involved in the people’s struggles

One of the greatest problem Malaysians face today is financial woes. With the escalating cost of living the ordinary worker is under tremendous stress to make ends meet. Catering for the needs of a family is becoming more and more difficult by the day. Even basic needs like housing, education and healthcare have become beyond the means of a vast the majority of wage earners.

The government to a great extent has abdicated its responsibilities to provide these basic needs by its privatization policies. Rampant corruption, abuse of power and non-accountability at all levels of the government machinery have contributed to this unhealthy situation where the rich are getting richer and the poor get poorer.

Obtaining quality health care in particular has become a great burden for the people. Emergency medical treatment can run into thousands which few can afford. Instead of providing an affordable quality health care, the government has embarked on a national health insurance scheme which would only deny the poor access to prompt treatment even in dire emergencies.

Of late we are witnessing our own Catholics being caught in such desperate situations where they are unable to obtain adequate and prompt medical treatment due to financial constraints. We have those with major traumatic injuries needing proper care which they can never obtain. There are those awaiting major surgery, dialysis and other costly medical treatment that never come their way. It is pitiful that some of them die while waiting for such definitive treatment.

They are desperate and have no one to turn to for help, not even the church, where they have been active workers for many years. No one, including the parish priest and the Church organisations,come forward to offer a helping hand. Many are willing to offer prayers but few are in positions to offer financial and moral support.

The lame excuse often given is that the Church cannot help as it is afraid that such generous deeds may act as a precedent for abuses by others in the future. The Church encourages others to help but itself not willing to do anything. Is it morally right to withhold help to save a life for fear of the unknown future?

The Church is in a position to offer aid, both financial and moral, to those in need, at least her own parishioners. I am sure setting up of an emergency fund at parish level will not pose much a problem as the Catholic Church, with its large number of generous faithful, has the wealth and expertise to do so. What is really needed is the will to help which is sadly missing.

The Church collects money for so many reasons, I am sure helping the parishioners in need would be a worthy cause which would get the whole-hearted support of the people. When a medical tragedy suddenly strikes, the whole family is thrown into chaos. Financial constraints make the effects of the tragedy even worse. A little help will go a long way to ease the burden of those inflicted with such serious ailments and allow them to get back to normal as soon as possible.

It is rather sad that the Church is not taking seriously the problems of the people. It is not taking pains to understand and appreciate their plight. It cannot and should not alienate itself from the struggles of the people; rather it must get involved in them if it wants to remain relevant in their lives which have become so challenging in the modern world.

Dr.Chris Anthony

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Parish Councils should be given due recognition

There is a need for more and open dialogue

I refer to the report “All parish councils are advisory in nature” (Herald ,January 20).

Bishop Paul Tan Chee Ing, S.J. in his opening address at the 2nd Parish Pastoral Assembly(PPA)of the Church of the Immaculate Conception,Johor Bahru,disclosed the role of the PPA. He clarified that all parish councils are advisory in nature and the decision-making and lies with the bishop of the diocese or in the case of the parish, with the parish priest.

This advisory role Parish Council is very clear and there is no dispute about that, although personally I feel it should have more executive powers in non-spiritual issues. This is especially so in a society whose demands have become very complex and needs to be managed more professionally with all the resources available. Fortunately today the Church is not short of qualified expertise in all fields.

This brings to mind the ongoing inquiry into the Lingam tape. Our former Prime Minister, Tun Dr.Mahathir,in his testimony was so arrogant as to say that he need not give explanation to anyone on the choice of judges, even to the Chief Justice, who makes the recommendations to him. To him, he alone makes the final decision and owes nobody any explanation even the people.

Although the role of the PPC is advisory, is only proper that it be given due recognition and importance it deserves, which I am afraid may not be so in many parishes. It is very sad that there is little or no dialogue between the priest and the PPC in many places. There are no qualms as to priest making the final decision, but he must give serious consideration to the views of the PPC and the people and provide proper explanations and justifications if he has to reject their proposals for whatever reasons.

Unsatisfactory management and unaccountable unilateral decisions by the parish priests in many parishes, have driven away many talented members of the laity from active participation in the various organizations.If this continues I am afraid our Church will soon end up being just an institution that just carries out rituals and magic to cure the ills of mankind,rather than bringing the love of Christ to them.

It is timely for the Church to emphasize on the qualities of good leadership among the priests.A good leader is one who listens and respects the wishes of the people and is accountable to them in making any decisions. If he doesn’t then he will be no different from our own politicians, of whom we are very critical.

Dr.Chris Anthony

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Solidarity with the Pope

Continuing Campaign of Solidarity and Prayer for Pope Benedict XVI

By Deacon Keith A. Fournier
1/18/2008 Catholic Online

As a response to the Protests of the students and Professors at La Sapienza University who prevented the Holy Father from speaking on faith and reason, Catholic Online invites readers and viewers throughout the world to add their name to a pledge of fidelity, solidarity and prayer which will be delivered to Rome as a sign of global support for Pope Benedict XVI.

LOS ANGELES (Catholic Online) - It is with great concern that we at Catholic Online, like millions of Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith and all people of good will, express our outrage and disappointment with the behavior of the few students and faculty members at La Sapienza University in Rome whose threats of violent protests prompted the Holy Father to postpone his visit.

The threats of a few precluded the delivery of an important address concerning the relationship between faith and reason in the pursuit of truth.

A visit from the successor of Peter should be welcomed by any University, anywhere in the world. That is the case even if that University tries to maintain its secular character as somehow distinct from the touch of any perceived “religious” influence. The behavior of these few students and Professors at La Sapienza University was an act of intolerance. It resulted in censorship.

Ironically, it came disguised as a concern for ‘science’ and ‘academic freedom’.

In response, His Holiness, in his usual kind and solicitous manner, released his prepared remarks so that those of that academic community who had been impoverished by the behavior of the few who prevented him from speaking could consider them.

In those remarks Pope Benedict XVI asked some insightful questions concerning the nature of a University and the nature of truth:

"What is the university? What is its task? The true, intimate, origin of the university lies in the longing for knowledge which is inherent to mankind. Humans want to know what it is that surrounds them. They want truth… Truth is never just theoretical. ... Truth means more than knowing.

Knowledge of truth has as its goal knowledge of good. ... What is the good that makes us true? The truth makes us good, and goodness is truth. This is the optimism that lives in Christian faith, because [that faith] has been granted the vision of the 'Logos', creative Reason which in the incarnation of God was revealed as Good, as Goodness itself".

In this address the Pope sought to promote the kind of dialogue which is so desperately needed in an age when peace is being threatened on all sides. Yet intolerance, all too often appearing under the guise of what claims to be “enlightenment”, continues to impede our progress together as a human community.

Catholic Online is deeply concerned over the growing intolerance directed toward faithful Christians. It is spreading in the European community, in America and throughout the world. As an international news source we report on its effects increasingly.

This trend of intolerance toward Christians was the impetus for the creation of a new word “Christianophobia”. Use of the word is gaining acceptance even within official Church circles. The word refers to an irrational fear or hatred of Christians. We believe that the behavior of those few students and Professors at La Sapienza University in Rome who prevented the Pope’s visit is an example of “Christianophobia”.

In response, Cardinal Camillo Ruini invited all Christians in Rome to gather in St. Peter's Square on Sunday, January 20, 2008 to show their solidarity and support for the Holy Father at the midday Angelus. The good Cardinal referred to this gathering as a “…gesture of affection and serenity, a joyful expression we feel in having Benedict XVI as our Bishop and our Pope."

He continued, "In this circumstance which so painfully struck our entire city… the Church of Rome expresses its filial and total closeness to its bishop, the Pope, and expresses love, trust, admiration and gratitude to Benedict XVI, who is in the heart of the Roman people."

Sources in Rome also indicate that the Cardinal Secretary of State Tarcisio Bertone S.D.B. sent a letter to the rector of Rome's "La Sapienza" University stating in part:

"As, unfortunately, the prerequisites for a dignified and tranquil welcome were not present, because of an initiative by a decidedly minority group of professors and students, it was judged opportune to postpone the scheduled visit in order to remove any pretext for demonstrations which would have been unfortunate for everyone concerned".

Included within the address which was not allowed to be delivered were these words from Pope Benedict XVI:

“The Pope is first and foremost the Bishop of Rome and as such, by virtue of his succession from the Apostle Peter, has an episcopal responsibility towards the entire Catholic Church", writes the Pope. "But the community which the bishop has in his care, be it large or small, lives in the world; its conditions, its progress, its example and its word inevitably influence all the rest of the human community".

"The Pope speaks as the representative of a community of believers ... as a representative of a community that contains within itself a wealth of ethical knowledge and experiences which are important for all humankind. In this way he speaks as a representative of ethical reason".

In closing his discourse Pope Benedict XVI asked a poignant question:

"What does the Pope have to do or to say to the university?" And he answers: "Certainly he must not seek to impose on others, in an authoritarian way, a faith which can only be given in freedom.

"Over and above his ministry as a pastor in the Church and on the basis of the intrinsic nature of such pastoral ministry", the Pope concludes, "it his job to maintain high the awareness of truth, inviting reason ever and anew to seek truth, goodness, God and, on this journey, encouraging it to notice the valuable lights that have arisen during the history of the Christian faith".

We call on all Catholics, other Christians, other people of faith and all people of good will, to join together to express their solidarity with the Holy Father by using the extraordinary gift of the World Wide Web to extend this outpouring of support and prayer beyond the Sunday Angelus on January 20,2008.

"Catholic Online” (COL) serves the global Catholic community, other Christians, other people of faith and all people of good will by providing “fact driven/faith informed” ™ news, views, and content over its integrated media network.

We utilize the resources of the new technologies and convergent media by placing them at the service of our global mission. In so doing we seek to participate in the mission of the whole Catholic Church to infuse the culture with the values informed by Catholic faith.

We reach over 220 Nations and upwards of 18 million viewers and readers monthly. We want to extend what begins on Sunday throughout the world and we will use our resources to do just that.

That is why we are undertaking this Continuing Campaign of Solidarity for Pope Benedict XVI.

We invite all who visit, read or view our network to join us by:

1) Signing our statement of solidarity below; and
2) Offering continual prayer for the Holy Father in what has been called in the tradition a “Spiritual Bouquet”

We then URGE you to PROMOTE this Continuing Campaign of Solidarity for Pope Benedict XVI by unleashing the extraordinary viral power of the internet to spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors.

This is done by pledging your own prayer and solidarity and then sending this invitation to them. It is also advanced by your reposting this invitation in the growing “blogosphere” and by using this new technology for the promotion of what is truly Good.

It is time to stand together in Solidarity and show our support for the voice of the Vicar of Christ and his efforts to promote authentic dialogue directed toward the truth.

Together we can expose and stem the harmful advance of “Christianophobia” and, more importantly, together we can promote the spreading of the Truth.

In the words of the Lord Jesus Christ "If you remain in my word, you will truly be my disciples, and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (St. John 8:32)

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Pope will not visit Roman University

Vatican Information Service

"In the wake of the widely-publicized events of the last few days... it was considered opportune to postpone the event. The Holy Father will, nonetheless, send the text of the speech he had been due to pronounce”. Holy See Press Office

VATICAN CITY (VIS) - The Pope will not make the visit he was scheduled to make tomorrow, 17 January, to Rome's "La Sapienza" University for the inauguration of the academic year, according to a communique released yesterday evening by the Holy See Press Office.

The communique reads: "In the wake of the widely-publicized events of the last few days relating to the Holy Father's visit to Rome's 'La Sapienza' University which, at the invitation of the rector, was to have taken place on Thursday, 17 January, it was considered opportune to postpone the event. The Holy Father will, nonetheless, send the text of the speech he had been due to pronounce".

The "events" to which the note refers include a petition to the rector signed by 67 professors asking for the invitation to Benedict XVI to be withdrawn, and protests by groups of students who yesterday occupied the rector's office to demand the right to demonstrate within the university campus on the day of the Pope's visit.

The signatories of the petition take exception to a talk given by the then Cardinal Ratzinger in 1990, and in particular to a phrase he used on that occasion to the effect that "in Galileo's time the Church remained much more faithful to reason than Galileo himself. The trial against Galileo was reasonable and just".

The future Pope's remarks, a quote from a work by the philosopher of science Paul Feyerabend, were made in the context of a talk on the crisis of confidence in science, in which he used the example of changing attitudes towards the case of Galileo.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Mother Teresa

The Saint of the slums.

Resolution for New Year 2008

Let’s strive to become God’s ‘miracle workers’ among men

In my 2008 New Year message to my friends I wrote “let’s strive to become the ‘miracle’ workers of God among men, bringing a little joy to those in need around us”. One of my old friends sent me an interesting reply to my messageThe miracle is within us to perform, the question is, whether we want to do it.”

My friend’s reply made me reflect on the willingness on my part to help others in need. It is very easy to say we must help others but how willing at heart are we to do that, especially when we ourselves are faced with numerous problems?

It has become customary for us to gather in churches, mosques and temples on New Year’s Day to pray for all sorts of favors for us, our family, friends and the nation as a whole. We ask for peace, good health, prosperity and success in all our undertakings in the year ahead. Will God grant all our favors? Does He answer our prayers in the way we want Him to? From my own experiences in life over five decades I can say that in most instances He doesn’t.

If we are waiting for God to work miracles to help us we would be sadly disappointed. He may not give us what we ask for but one thing is certain He grants us what we need in a particular situation through his “miracle workers” among us. Yes; we are to be His “miracle workers” among men.

We may ask how we can help others when we don’t have enough for ourselves. If only we look around and compare with others, we will realize the abundance we have in ourselves. Our energy, knowledge, skills, experience and wealth, however meager that may be are His gifts to us to be used for the benefit of all those we meet in our journey in life. As my friend says the miracle is within us to perform, the question is, whether we want to do it.”

Many of us are kind and generous and willing to help others in need but often we want the right conditions to prevail before we initiate that charitable act. Without even us knowing, we give all sorts of excuses to refrain from helping those in need.

Generally we have no qualms about helping those in need. We know they genuinely need some assistance but we tend to find excuses why they should be helped. These desperate people may be grouped into one of the following categories:

1. The lazy. We know that these people are in need of help but we refuse to provide the help because they are lazy and do not help them. We feel that by helping they will become lazier. We put up conditions that they work harder to earn our love and care.

2. Those with rich relatives. When we realize that those we help are neglected by their rich relatives we get upset and angry. We stop helping them as we feel they are taking advantage of our generosity. Are we right in doing so?

3. Setting a precedent. This is a common reason for refusing help to those in need. We know they need help and we are in a position to so but reluctant because we are afraid that we may set a precedent for future abuses by others. So we refuse aid even to those in desperate need for fear of the unknown future. Is it right for us to withhold help to those in need for fear of others?

What if Jesus had refused to come into the world to save us knowing that many of us will refuse to follow Him?

As we step into the year 2008,let us reflect on our attitude to our neighbor, by posing ourselves a few questions. How willing and to what extent are we willing to help our neighbor in need? Are we willing to go the extra mile, to inconvenience ourselves, in our endeavors to help someone? Do we impose conditions in our efforts to help others in need? Do we feel angry when we realize someone has cheated or taken advantage of our generosity?

Christ had shown us the extreme form of charity by willing to give his life for us, which may be impossible for us to exemplify, but we all possess something which we can offer to give. We know from his example that charity is boundless and it cannot be contained by imposing conditions. We should not hesitate help anyone, anyhow and at anytime when the need arises.We may not be able to totally overcome all the problems of those in need, but by our willingness and concern we may be able to at least touch them, if not cure them of their ills.

This new year, let’s resolve to become the “miracle workers” of God among people, in our own family, neighborhood, places of work and in our own communities. Let’s strive to touch someone in need with our charitable acts of love.

Dr.Chris Anthony

Friday, January 04, 2008

What is in a name after all

God is God whatever you call Him

The year 2008 began with much euphoria at the news that the annual permit for the publication of Herald,the Catholic Weekly in Malaysia, had finally been approved unconditionally. The unusually rare gesture of religious goodwill and tolerance by the government was described as a “wonderful Christmas present”. However this sense of euphoria lasted just four days when the cabinet intervened,as what can be described as a backward move,to ban non-Muslims from using ‘Allah’ to refer to their God.

Although it is commendable that the Herald is permitted to continue its Bahasa Malaysia section, the decision by the Cabinet to disallow the use of the word “Allah” by the Herald in its publications and by non-Muslims in general is deeply regrettable. It is not only a setback for religious freedom and integration in the country but may also be unconstitutional as is the refusal to renew Herald’s permit for such illegitimate reasons.

The word "Allah" is the description of the "One God" of monotheism for Jews, Christians and Muslims.It is not only for Islam and Muslims but for all three Abrahamic faiths. "Allah" is the same word used by Christian Arabs and Jewish Arabs in their Bible, centuries before Islam came.

The word “Allah” is being used by non-Muslims all over and I agree that it is not an exclusive right of Muslims alone. The non-Muslims in Malaysia, like Christians and Sikhs, have been using the word ‘Allah’ without any problem. It would be wrong for the government now to create an issue out of something which has been a non-issue all these while.What is their motive in wanting to refrain others from using that word?

However having expressed our deepest regret and displeasure,we must seriously consider the Prime Minister’s concerns that the use of the word 'Allah' by non-Muslims may arouse sensitivity and create confusion among Muslims in the country. The situation in Malaysia, as we all know, is definitely peculiar and sadly we had contributed to it a great deal by our own doing. We can argue that we are being denied our fundamental rights to the use of the word but we must also consider its implications in this country.

At a time when racial and religious differences are causing so much tension and anxiety among the people, will a public debate on the ‘Allah’ issue help to restore the much needed inter-religious harmony? I think it would only aggravate the fragile situation we have today. Our politicians,being opportunists as they are, will only be too happy to capitalize on the issue for their own advantage, especially with the general elections so near.

We are frustrated and tempted to react with anger and hate. Nevertheless as followers of Christ, it is relevant for us to recall the great lesson of our Master and Lord,Jesus, to offer the other cheek when struck on one. It is an opportunity for us to show them the true meaning of goodwill and tolerance. These virtues may appear to make us the losers in a material world governed by power and egomania but truth will definitely prevail as the ultimate victor in our struggle for justice.

Let us thank the authorities for giving the much needed publicity for the Herald and continue to worship God by whatever names we are used to and comfortable with. After all what is in a name as God is still God by whatever name we call him.

We have a lot of other more pressing issues to attend to like declining morality among our youth, increasing divorce and family break-up, blatant abuse of power, inter-faith disputes,racial and religious discrimination. We also have our hands full with problems related to our own Church such as the dwindling participation in Church organizations, the failure of BECs, unprofessional administration of parishes, declining Christian education and so on.

Let us be more worried about the rapidly declining influence of the Church in the lives of people in the world especially the West. Christianity is losing its identity as the promoter of peace,love,humility,forgiveness,morality and a champion of the masses.Let’s spend more of our time and energy to address these problems that plague our Church in particular and Christianity in general.

Let us appeal against the cabinet decision and request for a full and extensive consultation of all religious leaders and faiths on the subject before a final decision is made.Let’s implore the Holy Spirit to guide the minds of all so that we can one day, regardless of our different religious believes, come together as His children, to worship the one true God, addressing Him by any name we like.

Dr.Chris Anthony

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

Senior minister in sex scandal

What message are we sending to the younger generation?

The sex scandal of Health Minister,Datuk Seri Dr. Chua Soi Lek, is not only very unfortunate but distressing as well. It may be a personal affair which we have no right to probe. But a wrong cannot become right just because it is personal and private. Moreover he is no ordinary person but a senior minister and a doctor who yields tremendous influence on the public, especially the younger generation. Instead of being a shining example for the younger generation, unfortunately his adulterous behaviour has become an example of what our children should not follow.

The cabinet, being the highest governing body, should take the lead in paving the way for good morals and values not just by words but actions as well. If people in high places do not behave by set norms, how can we expect the ordinary citizen to do so? What is happening to our country that is supposed to be religious and moral? Have immoral activities become an accepted way of life? Have illicit sex and adultery, like corruption; become an accepted way of life?

Christians, in fact Malaysians of all faiths, are seen to be becoming increasingly more religious. But are we genuinely more spiritually inclined? Of late immoral sexual activities, crime and corruption are becoming so rampant that it is threatening to become a norm. Although we say they are evil and even sinful, but we seem to contradict that by glorifying those, especially the rich, powerful and glamorous, who indulge in them. Despite their immoral lives, they become role models for our children, which is really a deplorable. It is ironical that such immoral activities if committed by the ordinary people is frowned at but glorified if indulged by the rich and powerful.

Today immoral sexual activities are so rampant that it is threatening the sanctity of the sacrament of matrimony. We seem to be losing in the fight to uphold morality in a world where casual and free sex is becoming a norm. Christ’s teachings appear to become irrelevant in the lives of the young. What can the Church do to counter this unchristian trend that spreading so fast. The Church, in keeping with the teachings of Christ, should continue to condemn all acts of immorality regardless of the social standing of the perpetrator. At the same time it should be willing to forgive all those who genuinely repent.

As parents, teachers, clergy, elders and community leaders, we have the obligation to instill the moral values that are badly lacking in our children. Let us ask ourselves "Are we the right role models for our children? Are we showing them the right examples in life?” If we cannot lead them by example, who else can? How can we expect them to become better humans if they cannot find someone to show them the way?

It is time for Malaysians to seriously think about whom they will elect as their representatives in the coming general elections. Do you want the immoral and corrupt to decide our destiny? Aren’t we mature enough to choose the right people to lead the nation?

Dr.Chris Anthony