Monday, 18 January 2010

Again, Four Churches Attacked Malaysia

Kuala Lumpur: fire bomb attacks hit four churches in Malaysia, Sunday (10 / 1). This is a series of attacks on Christian places of worship, after a court decision to grant the use of the word "Allah" for non-Muslims. Despite the attacks, thousands of Christian converts continued to attend worship week. They pray for national unity so that the end of violence.

The attack had never happened in previous years has triggered a wave of unrest among the Christian minority in Malaysia. Including, the tension of their relationship with the Muslim majority in Malaysia. Approximately nine percent of Malaysia's population numbered 28 million are Christians, mostly ethnic Chinese and Indians. Muslims dominate with 60 percent, and most of them are ethnic Malays.

As reported by the Associated Press, Sunday, morning a molotov bomb was thrown into All Saints Taiping, a church in central Perak state. These attacks occurred before the church opened. Local police chief, Zulkifli Abdullah, said it discovered the blaze marks on the wall, but no damage to the building.

The same day a broken bottle of kerosene dark wheelbase substance found in the Catholic Church of St.. Louis. According to an eyewitness, a broken bottle found in the Taiping similar. He said, it would seem a failed attack.

According to the Minister Hishamuddin Hussein, a church in the city of Miri in the eastern state of Sarawak where the experiment was reported to be burning. "The situation is under control and people should not be worried," he said as quoted by Bernama news agency.

Four churches have also been hit by petrol bombs on Friday and Saturday before. No one was hurt and all suffered only minor damage, except for Metro Tabernacle Church.

This dispute started from December 31, where the high court decision that prohibits the government request to cancel the non-Muslims use the word "Allah" in prayer and literature.

Rev. Hermen Shastri, Secretary General of the Council of Churches of Malaysia said Christians would not be intimidated by the attacks. "We all must stand together to eradicate terror perpetuated by extremist groups," he said.

Government officials and many Muslim leaders have also condemned the bombing. They say that Islam does not teach to attack places of worship.

As for when visiting Metro Tabernacle Church, yesterday, the Prime Minister Najib Razak gave a grant of 500,000 ringgit (U $ 147,000) to rebuild the church in the new location. The main concession in a country where rarely given permission to build new churches or temples. (ANS)