Malaysians Share Their Uneasiness At Being Approached By A Korean Religious Group
The keyword is: 'God the Mother'.
A student from a Subang Jaya-based university is warning others to be wary of alleged cult members who approach them to talk about 'God, the mother'
In a Facebook post, which went up on the university's confessions page on 9 August, the anonymous student shared that their girlfriend was approached by members of the group and forced to listen to them.
The post was accompanied with screenshots of tweets that claimed the 'cult-like' group believes in both 'God the Father' and 'God the Mother'.
The tweets also claim, among other things, that 'God, the Mother' is a code used in human trafficking
According to the series of tweets, targets who are asked about 'God, the Mother' will notice that there are people who are near or following them and that they should "find a security guard or stay in a group".
Rumours about the alleged link between the group and human trafficking are believed to have started when college students were "asked to join these recruiters for a bible study and to learn about God the mother", according to the user.
Based on the encounters shared in the comments by other students, targets are usually approached by two people under the guise of asking for help
One netizen claimed the they were approached by 'two ladies whose English are so so' and are believed to be of South Korean descent. The women wouldn't let the target go and insisted on telling them about 'God the Mother', before finally leaving them with a brochure.
Another netizen claims they were targeted once in their college foyer and another time in a shopping complex nearby.
The group is believed to operate in various areas as well, as another netizen claimed the group approached them in Sungai Long.
Other methods may include asking targets to fill up a survey for 'college purposes' beforehand.
The 'missionaries' are believed to use fear tactics to coerce their targets into attending their 'Bible study' meeting.
In most cases, the targets are young female students.
The group is internationally known as the World Mission Society Church of God (WMS)
WMS' website states that it was founded in 1948 by Ahnsahnghong and claims to have over two million members from 2,500 local churches that have been set up in 175 countries.
According to claims from ex-members of the group, people who join the church are slowly isolated from family and friends and are brainwashed into donating 10% of their income to it.
It is also believed that members are told that Gil Jah Chang, a South Korean woman in her 70s is 'God the Mother'.
Lawsuits filed by ex-members in the United States have accused the church of forced abortions, micro-managing members' free time, and forbidding them from using the Internet.
However, claims that the church is involved in human trafficking are untrue
Lexington Police Public Information Officer Jervis Middleton in the United States confirmed that rumours about the church's involvement in human trafficking were 'untrue'.
"We have investigated this complaint and have found nothing to substantiate that this group is or has been involved in any criminal activity," Middleton told WKYT-TV on 30 December 2017.
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