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Saturday January 9, 2010
By MAZWIN NIK ANIS
PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has condemned the arson attacks on three churches in the Klang Valley and assured the public that all possible action will be taken to prevent such incidents from recurring.
The Prime Minister also warned the public not to start pointing fingers at who may have been responsible for the attacks.
“I condemn the attacks as they will destroy harmony in this country,” he said.
“Action will be taken against those responsible, based on facts and the law,” he told reporters after chairing the Northern Corridor Implementation Authority meeting yesterday.
Najib also directed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan to beef up security at places of worship.
He reminded Malaysians not to allow the peace and understanding that they have among each other be threatened by any party.
“As I have said before, whatever problem that arises, we must use the right channel and method to solve it.
“Our action must not be against the law,” he said.
Asked if there were fears of retaliation over the incident, the Prime Minister said the authorities must nip the problem in the bud.
“I hope people will not take the law into their hands. The IGP will report to me on the incident once there is evidence and new developments,” he added.
Najib later tweeted and posted a comment on his blog about the matter, adding that this divisive event and others like it did not represent Malaysia or Islam.
“They don’t represent our families, our communities, or the efforts we have all made toward strengthening 1Malaysia,” he said.
Malaysia, he added, prided itself on representing all religions and pursuing peaceful, legal channels to resolve differences.
“We encourage our citizens to responsibly voice their opinions, but violence is never an acceptable method of expression,” he added.
Najib also took to task a news portal reporter for saying Umno politicians have been “fanning the flames” since the court verdict on the “Allah” issue.
Najib, who was visibly unhappy with the question posed, told the reporter not to point the finger at Umno.
“We have always been very responsible (in our statements). Don’t point the finger at Umno or anybody. Don’t say that these attacks are motivated by Umno. That is a very scurrilous statement you have just made,” he said.
In Ampang, Selangor Umno religious bureau head Datuk Ismail Kijo refuted rumours that Umno members were behind the church attacks, saying there were people taking advantage of the situation to discredit them.
He said there were certain “hands” who were taking advantage of the situation to make Christians think that this was Umno’s doing.
He urged the authorities to make sure the culprits were caught and brought to justice.
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