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Published: Thursday January 14, 2010 MYT 12:46:00 PM
Updated: Thursday January 14, 2010 MYT 4:45:52 PM

Church in Johor splashed with red paint

KOTA TINGGI: The St Elizabeth Catholic church in Kota Kecil near here was splashed with red paint early Thursday morning.

Kota Tinggi OCPD Supt Osman Mohamed Sebot confirmed that the incident occurred between 3am and 6am.

This is the first time a church in Johor has come under attack.

Several churches including the Assumption Church and the Life Chapel in Petaling Jaya were targeted in a series of arson attacks last week following the High Court ruling allowing Catholic weekly Herald to use the word “Allah” as a translation of “God” in its Malay-language edition.

The Home Ministry has since filed an appeal and a stay of execution was granted against the ruling.

Also on Thursday, the office of the lawyer representing the Catholic Church in the Herald issue was broken into.

A Kota Tinggi police investigator takes plastics bags that were filled with paint at the St Elizabeth Catholic church in Kota Kecil, Kota Tinggi on Thursday

A staff member, who showed up for work at the office belonging to Derek Fernandez, found the place in shambles when she arrived at about 8am on Thursday. The files were all scattered.

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