33rd Day

Posted On August 23, 2006

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FEDERAL TERRITORIES
– PUTRAJAYA/LABUAN/KUALA LUMPUR

Minister of Federal Territories Datuk Zulhasnan Rafique (since 14 February 2006)
KUALA LUMPUR (KL)Kuala Lumpur
Mayor
Datuk Ruslin bin Hasan

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 1,556,200 (est.): Malay 40.33%, Other Bumiputera 0.93%, Chinese 39.71%, Indian 10.27%, Others 1.27%, Non-citizens 24.82% (Indonesian, Myanmar, Nepali, Bangladeshi, Filipino, Indian, Westerners, Chinese, Korean)

Religious Breakdown (2000) Islam 46.2%, Buddhism 34.2%, Hinduism 8.4%, Christianity 5.6%, Taoism/Confucianism 2.7%, No Religion 0.9%, Others 0.7%, Unknown 1.3%

Incidence of poverty (2004) 1.5% (Hardcore: 0.2%)

Kuala Lumpur, literally means ‘muddy confluence,’ was founded in 1857 at the confluence of Klang and Gombak rivers. The settlement was started by Raja Abdullah, a member of the Selangor royal family who opened the Klang Valley for tin prospectors. It became the nation’s capital in 1957 and was made a Federal Territory in 1974. Although the executive branch of the federal government of Malaysia has moved to Putrajaya, the King’s palace, the Parliament and sections of the judicial branch remain in Kuala Lumpur as a legislative capital.

PUTRAJAYAPutrajaya
Administrative Chairman
Tan Sri Dato’ Samsudin Osman (Putrajaya)

Population (2004) 45,000 (est.), predominantly Malays

Founded on October 19, 1995 and named after the Malaysia’s first Prime Minister, the late Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra Al-Haj, the planned-city became a Federal Territory in 2001. It acts as a federal government administrative centre, presumably analogous to Washington DC in the United States. The city is still undergoing development, projected to be completed by 2010 with an anticipated resident population of 335,000 and workforce population of 201,000.

LABUAN
President of Labuan Corporation
Datuk Suhaili Abdul Rahman

Statistics (Malaysia Statistics Dept., 2005)

Population 83,500 (est.): Malay 36.29%, Other Bumiputera 25.63% (Kedayan, Kadazan-Dusun, Bajau and Murut), Chinese 12.34%, Indian 0.96%, Ohers 2.51%, Non-citizens 22.27%.

Religious breakdown (2000) Islam 76.3%, Christianity 12.8%, Buddhism 9.3%, Taoism/Confucianism 0.5%, Hinduism 0.4%, No Religion 0.3%, Others 0.2%, Unknown 0.2%

The island of Labuan came under the rule of the Brunei Sultanate during the 14th century. It became a base for anti-piracy operations by the British in 1840 and was made part of North Borneo (Sabah) in 1890. Labuan was made a Federal Territory in 1984 and declared an International Offshore Financial Centre and Free Trade Zone in 1990. The name Labuan derives
from the Malay word labuhan meaning anchorage.

PRAY
1. Acknowledge the rule of the Most High God and people will see that the ultimate security and fulfillment are found only in God. [Putrajaya & KL are often portrayed as a showcase of self-achievement, wealth and political ideologies.]
2. Justice and righteousness to be established in all the government ministries and departments. Every decision made will be in accordance with God’s purposes.
3. God’s blessings upon all the government servants, for dedication and commitment to serve the country and the people.
4. Against all forms of crime:
a. Smuggling, human-trafficking, money-laundering and tax-evasion in Labuan.
b. Effective drug rehabilitation programmes and efforts to stop the drug trafficking. [In 2005, the drug addiction rate in KL is the second highest – Dang Wangi, Sentul and Cheras.]
c. Against promiscuity and that those trapped in the vice trade may find freedom. [Prostitution is common in both Chow Kit and Bukit Bintang. Chow Kit has also become synonymous with vice and gangsterism. Homosexual activities are on the rise. In Labuan, women are being tricked into prostitution. The city has also become a transit point for trafficking prostitutes to nearby Brunei Darussalam and beyond.]
5. Foreign labourers: kindness, just treatment and proper working conditions.
6. Compassion and just solution to deal with illegal immigrants. [There are also political refugees fleeing from persecution in their countries, e.g. Acehnese, Rohingya and Chin]
7. Authorities and welfare groups to have wisdom and to be conscientious in resolving problems of squatters, homelessness, and the poor.
8. Christians may be powerful witnesses through lifestyle, in work ethics and social interaction.
9. The respective building projects of churches in Putrajaya: speedy administrative procedures and funds.
10. Church: fear God, unity among denominations, light to the communities, new leaders especially in Labuan [Most Christian youth leave the Labuan to seek jobs elsewhere, thus making the raising of new leaders difficult.]
11. Against materialism and self-sufficiency.
12. Vibrant, godly & dedicated youth workers, effective outreaches to youth, the college students in particular.

“Prayer is passion in serving God who gives wisdom in dealing with various issues” – Pr. Calvin Chong

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