This article is in follow up to my novel article "SDP's John Tan plays the religion card"
The Singapore Democratic Party's Christmas greeting video has disturbed several online Muslims netizens, local and abroad.
In the video, John Tan, SDP's Assistant Secretary General (#2 man in SDP), repeatedly used the words "Jesus" and "Bible" in a span of 7 minutes. The Christian Messiah complex of the video has obviously offended Singaporeans of other religious groups.
John Tan mentioned that being "jolly" means different things to "different" people, and added that "being jolly is to continue to fulfill the mission Christ came to impart to us".
What does he mean by "different" people? Singaporeans might choose to believe in different religions, but how does that made us "different" people?
And do we Muslims get less "jolly" because we are not fulfilling "Christ" mission?
Our society is multiracial and multireligious. John Tan's insensitive remarks could have triggered an "Allah" saga, as observed in Malaysia, if not for the poor outreach of the party and lack of awareness of SDP online.
John Tan also claims that Muslims follow the Christian's path of non-violence. Citing the example of Abdul Ghaffar Khan, who was suspected of attempting to assasinate the founder of Pakistan and who was viewed by Pakistanis as a traitor, John Tan gave a distorted image of reality.
In an attempt to win over Christians to the Singapore Democratic Party, John Tan asked netizens to "join" him in his crusade.
By drawing religious lines, John Tan has lost my vote indefinitely, and many Muslims' votes for his irresponsible sensationalised remarks and illogical comments.