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Saturday January 9, 2010

Vandalism is never the answer, says Khalid

KUALA LUMPUR: Several PKR leaders, led by Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, visited two of the churches that were attacked by arsonists and condemned violence against the places of worships.

Khalid, who led the group during a visit to the Metro Tabernacle Church in Desa Melawati, expressed his shock at the brazen act by culprits.

“This is the second church I’m visiting today.

“I hope this incident will not be repeated,” he told reporters at the church yesterday. The other church that he visited was the Assumption Church in Petaling Jaya.

Khalid said vandalism and violence were never a solution to any problem and urged the police to protect all churches.

Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim described the attacks as heinous and said such actions were against the teachings of Islam and urged all parties to remain calm.

“Islam teaches its followers to respect the places of worship of other religions.

“I have full faith that Malaysians will be able to resolve the matter without any conflict,” he said in a statement.

Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar said all parties must be united and defend the sanctity of places of worship and peace within the community.

Veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said all political party leaders should take a common stand to condemn the attacks.

Wangsa Maju MP Wee Choo Keong called on the Prime Minister and Inspector-General of Police to take immediate action to guard all places of worship regardless of religion.

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