JAN 10 — The Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM) views with great concern another act of desecrating a place of worship in Kota Baru on January 7 when a person threw a “petrol bomb” that landed on a Methodist Church building causing damage to its façade.
According to the Police investigation a person had thrown an object from the vantage point of the Sultan Yahya Petra bridge, targeting the church and a temple nearby.
CCM strongly condemns this despicable act, apparently motivated by extremists who are out to stoke the flames of religious intolerance in the country.
We call on the Police to reinforce their efforts to act firmly against this growing trend, where there are people committed to disrupting inter religious harmony by targeting religious buildings with flagrant acts of vandalism and arson.
Such actions if left unchecked may embolden extremists and unscrupulous elements to engage in such actions in the run up to the coming national General Elections in 2018.
* Reverend Hermen Shastri is general secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia (CCM).
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