I was shocked to learn that early this morning three churches had been attacked by criminals. The administrative office of the Metro Tabernacle Assembly of God Church in Desa Melawati in Wangsa Maju was badly damaged by fire. There were attempted arsons on two other churches namely Assumption (near Asunta Hospital) and the Life Chapel (Section 17 PJ). These three incidents must be condemned by all peace loving Malaysians.
This morning I visited the badly damaged church in Desa Melawati. I managed to speak to Brother Peter Yeow who had informed me that that his church members saw 4 criminals broke the glass panel of the church and threw flammable substance into the church.
Such irresponsible acts must be stopped forthwith otherwise it may lead to racial disharmony in the nation. In the interim, the government must instruct the police and other enforcement agencies to protect all places of worship (churches, mosques, temples, etc.) to avoid such incidents from happening.
From now on, all Malaysians are watching closely what actions the Prime Minister and the government will be taking to address the situation. This is the final test for the Prime Minister on his “1Malaysia” slogan. If the situation is not brought under control quickly and stern actions taken against the arsonists then the “1Malaysia” slogan is as good as condemned.
Lastly, on behalf of the said church and its members, I would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to Tuan Hj Jamil, the DBKL Pengarah for Wangsa Maju, for agreeing to provide transport services to the church’s members to clear up the damaged properties and move other things of the said church.