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Friday August 5, 2011

Church raid uproar

PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Islamic Religious Department's (Jais) raid of a multi-racial dinner at the Damansara Utama Methodist Centre continues to draw public criticism.

From the state's capital in Shah Alam, two Pakatan Rakyat leaders took drastically different stands on the controversy.

While Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim ordered Jais to prepare a report and justify its action, the state exco man in charge of Islamic religious affairs Datuk Dr Hasan Ali of PAS claimed there were proselytisation efforts being made on Muslims that night.

Jais officials taking a statement from a participant at the Muhibah thanksgiving dinner at Damansara Utama Methodist Centre on Wednesday night. — STEVEN DANIEL/ The Star

> Both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan leaders, however, condemned the raid.

> Council of Churches Malaysia general-secretary Reverend Dr Hermen Shastri said the act made a mockery of the sanctity of religious places;

> Police said their presence was merely to ensure the safety of all parties.

> It is learnt the Jais director had informed the Selangor palace and state government that he was unaware of the raid.

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