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'Lit cross' - PAS accuses developer of 'Christianisation' agenda

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PAS has accused the developer of an apartment building in Penang - which displayed lights in the shape of a cross – of being involved in the "Christianisation agenda".

In a statement today, PAS information chief Nasrudin Hassan said one of the founders of Nova Mulia Development Sdn Bhd, whom he did not name, was involved in a US-based Christian business group.

"The founder and managing director of the project developer is a person who is actively involved in the Nehemiah Project and in promoting the Christianisation agenda," he alleged.

Nasrudin was referring to Annie Choo, who was named the Nehemiah Project "rookie of the year" in 2015, according to a post on the company's Facebook page. That page is no longer accessible as of 5pm today.

On its website, Nehemiah Project International Ministries (NPIM), which is headquartered in Oregon, describes itself as a business development and support organisation through “biblical entrepreneurship" training, coaching and access to capital. 

"(Our mission is to) transform the marketplace with the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ one entrepreneur at a time.

"Our ultimate goal is to create a community of Kingdom business stewards that provide God-honoring products and services in a God-honouring way, and are contributing to fulfilling the Great Commission," reads the description.

Malaysiakini has contacted Nova Mulia over Nasrudin's claims and is awaiting a response.

Meanwhile, Nasrudin also accused Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and Nova Mulia of attempting to sidestep the issue by claiming the light from the building displayed a Chinese character instead of a cross.

"Both statements were an attempt to insult the intelligence of the rakyat... They are trying to cause provocation and ethnic tensions in Malaysia.

"The display of the large cross was intentional. They should be respecting religious sensitivities in this country," he said.

Nasrudin also criticised Islamic Affairs Minister Mujahid Yusof Rawa's handling of the issue. Mujahid had said he had not received any report on the matter.

"PAS urges the religious affairs minister to be stern and prevent such things from occurring. Don't be so defensive. You look weak when it comes to defending the interest of Islam and Muslims," he said.

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