PETALING JAYA: Kuala Lumpur Archbishop Tan Sri Murphy Pakiam says he is heartened to see Malaysians of all races and religions standing up for the cause of justice and peace.
He said their presence and support contributes towards making Malaysia a place where communities could live together peacefully, while respecting religious commonalities and differences.
The Church would continue to engage with the authorities and urge them to take appropriate action to prevent further acts of intimidation against minority communities, he said in a pastoral letter yesterday.
“It is within the rights of all Malaysians to practise their faith free from interference or intimidation, as entrenched in the Federal Constitution,” said Pakiam, calling on the Catholic faithful to remain strong in adversity.
He expressed regret on the reported burning of an effigy of Father Lawrence Andrew, editor of Catholic weekly The Herald.
The incident occurred after Andrew said the Church would continue to use the word “Allah” in its Sunday mass.