Thursday, January 05, 2012

Content Page and the contributors of 'The Bible and the Ballot'

Some friends asked about the topics covered in The Bible and the Ballot: Reflections on Christian Political Engagement in Malaysia Today. Hope this extract from the book's Content page helps:
Rt Rev Datuk Ng Moon Hing 
Joshua Woo 
Naming Names: Can Preachers Tell You Whom to Vote For?
Alwyn Lau 
Strengthening Democracy in Malaysia: The Need for a Vibrant Public Sphere
Christopher Choong 
Vote!: Voting as a Christian Duty
Tan Soo Inn 
Vote for Changes: My Decision at This Point in History
Tan Soo Inn 
Prayer and Political Consideration: How and What to Pray For?
Joshua Woo 
Why Am I Attending Vigils For Dr Jeyakumar and EO6?
Rama Ramanathan 
Afterword: Christians: A Blessing to Malaysia?
Sivin Kit 
Appendix: Petition by 34 Leaders of the Christian Community in Malaysia

Some friends asked about the contributors to the book. Here's their information:

Alwyn Lau is a member of Friends in Conversation ( A lecturer in Marketing and Sociology at KDU University-College. He is also pursuing a Ph.D (Arts) at the University of Monash (Sunway). He blogs at 
Christopher Choong is a member of Friends in Conversation ( He holds a doctorate in Political Science where his research interest lies in the interaction between religion and politics (with particular reference to Christians in Malaysia). He teaches at a private university and blogs at 
Rama Ramanathan graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1982 and has since worked in factories and in regional roles in operations and quality management. He blogs at 
Sivin Kit is a founding member of Friends in Conversation ( and one of the initiators of Micah Mandate ( He served as the pastor of Bangsar Lutheran Church from 2000 to 2010 and has been actively engaged in civil society in Malaysia since 2007. Currently, he is pursuing his Ph.D in Religion, Ethics and Society at the University of Agder, Kristiansand, Norway. He blogs at 
Tan Soo Inn is a member of Friends in Conversation ( He holds a Doctor in Ministry from Fuller Seminary. His doctoral project focused on how one discerns vocation in the context of community. Together with his wife Bernice, Soo Inn directs the works of Graceworks (, a training and publishing consultancy committed to promoting spiritual friendship in church and society. 


Sivin Kit said...

hey did you miss yourself? Please add it when you repost this on the FIC blog! :-)

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Sivin,

It's reposted there now :-)

Martin Yee said...

Ordered the book.

Hope to get it soon by post.

Should be a good read :)

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Martin,

Thank you for your interest in the book! I hope it will be relevant and useful to you, your ministry, and those you come in touch with, particularly Malaysians.

How much relevance the book has for Singapore is still an open question. Singapore's Christian political engagement is in many ways very different from M'sia (eg. social forces & socio-legal framework), though there may be some similarities too (eg. constant negotiation of the multi-racial/religious tension in the society).

Martin Yee said...

Strange. Yet to receive the book :(

Sze Zeng said...

Hi Martin,

I just sent an email to Graceworks to check. Will get back to you when I hear from them.

Sorry for the delay (I actually have no idea how does their sales-distribution system works, so dont know how long usually do they deliver their order).