Update @ 1248hrs: The Star has reported that a third church, the Life Chapel Church (located in Section 17 PJ), was also the target of attack. The report stated that a molotov cocktail was found on the porch of the church at 8:30am this morning. This, to Walski, indicates that these were not random attacks, but something that was likely to have been planned – but by whom?
This is what Walski considers an unplanned post, but one that needed to go out, post-haste. It is in both English and Bahasa Malaysia (in the full post), and it concerns a needless act of violence that took place last night.
A Statement Of Condemnation
myAsylum joins the voices of all peace-loving Malaysians in strongly condemning the attack on the Metro Tabernacle Church, in Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, early this morning.
While no one has claimed responsibility, it is strongly believed that this act of wanton violence and disrespect has to do with the recent High Court decision in lifting the ban by the Home Ministry on the Catholic publication The Herald from using the word “Allah” in the Bahasa Malaysia version of the publication.
Regardless of who is responsible, there is no justification, religious or otherwise, to carry out such needless acts, which will only heighten tensions, and cause further disharmony.
This fire-bomb attack MUST be strongly condemned by ALL Malaysians, regardless of creed.
(the Bahasa Malaysia version, and more, in the full post)
Sebuah Kenyataan Kutukan
myAsylum, menyertai suara semua rakyat Malaysia yang mencintai kedamaian, mengutuk dengan sekeras-kerasnya tindakan serangan ke atas Gereja Metro Tabernacle, di Desa Melawati, Kuala Lumpur, awal pagi tadi.
Sungguhpun belum ada mana-mana pihak yang mengaku bertanggung-jawab, adalah dipercayai tindakan ganas serta tak beradab ini ada kaitan dengan keputusan Mahkamah Tinggi tempoh hari, berkenaan dengan penarikan balik larangan penggunaan perkataan “Allah” ke atas versi Bahasa Malaysia The Herald oleh Kementerian Dalam Negeri.
Tidak kira siapa pun yang bertanggung jawab, tidak ada alasan, baik dari segi agama atau sebaliknya, untuk melakukan perbuatan seperti ini, yang hanya akan menambahkan ketegangan, dan memudharatkan situasi harmoni antara kita semua.
Seharusnya, tindakan serangan bom api ini MESTI dikutuk oleh SEMUA rakyat Malaysia, tak kira apa agama yang dianuti, dengan sekeras-kerasnya.
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Walski hopes that all Malaysians joins myAsylum in condemning this cowardly act of aggression and violence. And if you wish to use the text from the above statement, in either language, please feel free – you have Walski’s no-strings-attached permission.
He also found out later that The Church of the Assumption in Petaling Jaya also faced a similar attempt, but fortunately the homemade explosives thrown into the church did not explode, as reported by The Malaysian Insider.
Let’s also not speculate as to who the responsible party might be, even though we have our suspicions, based on recent events and statements. That approach is pointless.
The bottom line is this: the act must be condemned by all Malaysians. Period.