Malaysian PM condemns church arson attacks

20:17, January 08, 2010      

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Malaysian forensic experts examine the gutted administrative block of a church following an attack in Kuala Lumpur. Three Malaysian churches have been targeted with firebombs, leaving one badly damaged, in an escalating dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims. (Xinhua/AFP Photo)

Malaysian Prime Minister NajibTun Razak condemned the attacks on the two churches in the Klang Valley early Friday morning, according to a local newspaper.

"I condemn these actions because they will destroy our country's harmony," the Star newspaper quoted Najib as saying.


A Malaysian police officer looks through smashed glass panel of a gutted administrative block of a Church following an attack in Kuala Lumpur. Two churches in the country have been attacked, leaving one badly damaged, in an escalating dispute over the use of the word "Allah" by non-Muslims.

Najib said the Government would take whatever steps it could take to prevent such acts.

He added that he had urged the national police chief to step up security at churches and other places of worship.

Other public figures have come out to condemn the arson attacks against the two churches, said the daily.

Urging all parties to remain calm, they also asked for swift police action to ensure the situation will not get out of control, it said.

The daily said that at 12:30 a.m. Friday, the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, in the area of Klang Valley, a central area of Peninsula Malaysia compromising Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs, was damaged after a group of youths threw flammable materials into the ground floor of the church located in a shop lot.

No one was injured in the incident as the church was empty at that time, it said.

Later at 4 a.m., molotov cocktails were thrown at the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya, also in the Klang Valley area, but caused no damage, it said.

Investigations into the two cases are under way.

Source: Xinhua


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