Churches attacked as “Allah” row deepens

January 12th, 2010

Up to today, the number of churches attacked has reached eight, but according to Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein, Home Minister and also an Umno vice-president, the situation is not serious.

“So far the attacks have involved stone throwing and arson attempts. There is no serious damage,” said the Home Minister, referring to the latest report on the surveillance on places of worship. – The Star.

Churches and a convent school in Malaysia were attacked using home made fire bombs since last Friday, as “Allah” row deepens, over the recent High Court ruling that allowed Herald, a Catholic newspaper to use “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia editions. It is unusual to ban usage of “Allah” world as this word is commonly used by Christians to describe God in countries such as Egypt and Indonesia. In Malaysia, the word “Allah” is widely used by Christians who speak Bahasa Malaysia.

The Star reported yesterday,

Eight churches have been the victims of arson or attempted arson attack since last Friday. Four churches in the Klang Valley were hit by petrol bombs on Friday, but only one sustained severe damage. Two were hit yesterday in Taiping, and one in Miri. The guardhouse of a convent school in Taiping was also the victim of an attempted arson attempt. None of them sustained any damage.

SIB church in Seremban is the latest victim of attempted arson attack, leaving scorch marks on its front door.

The “arsonists” are just minority of Malaysians. Peace, safety and harmony are things that cannot be compromised in a country, especially multi-racial country like Malaysia. Therefore, Malaysians must stand together, tolerate each other and respect our differences.

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