Hope #19: Moderate Malaysia

“Instead what our IGP has justified was the use of thuggery, intimidation and threats by race and religious extremists to bully the minorities into fear and submission.

“That the church was willing to take down the cross from its building does not in anyway mean that its rights have not been infringed.”

“The IGP seems to ignore the fact that they have insisted that a church be forced to remove the ‘cross’ from its premise and demanded that the church be shut down and shifted to another location.

“That it is a protest against a church, its symbol, location and its freedom to practise makes it entirely about religion.”

He said the protesters’ demand that the cross be removed because it was “challenging Islam” and in a Malay-majority area violated Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, which provides that every person has the right to profess and practice his own religion.

Pua urged Deputy IGP Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim to take over, adding that he should directly report to Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

He said Zahid had been “absolutely right” by declaring the case seditious, adding that nobody else could be better placed to judge whether the law was broken.

On Sunday, some 50 people gathered outside the new church, which is housed in a corner shoplot in Taman Medan, to demand that the cross affixed to the building be removed, The Star Online reported.

The protesters reportedly said the presence of a cross in a Muslim-majority area posed a challenge to the religion and could sway the faith of the youth.

The cross was taken down by church leaders a few hours after the protest.

One of the Umno leaders present at the protest was Khalid’s older brother, Abdullah, who told reporters yesterday that the residents had approached him over the matter as they were uncomfortable and sensitive over the matter.

source: Malaysian Insider

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