Show of support as Taman Medan church holds service

  • Nation
  • Sunday, 26 Apr 2015

Members of Malaysians for Malaysia handing out flowers to two young church-goers

PETALING JAYA: Parishioners from the Beacon of Hope church in Taman Sri Manja turned up to show their support for the church in Taman Medan that was forced to remove the cross following a protest by residents last Sunday.

The group of about 10 arrived at the church at 10am led by Rev. Joseph Vergis on Sunday.

Several DAP leaders and members of Malaysians for Malaysia led by Azrul Mohd Khalid were also at the church handing out flowers to the church-goers.

The church held its first Sunday service since the incident where a group of about 50 protesters demanded the removal of the cross from the shoplot facade. They also asked that the church move out of the Malay-majority neighbourhood.

"We are here to show our support. We have friends who are here," Vergis told reporters who were gathered outside the church.

Present to show their support were Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, Seputeh MP Teresa Kok and Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian as well as Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran.

Kok presented a bouquet of flowers to senior pastor Paul Packianathan at the church.

"The reason I came is to see what's happening and also to express our support and solidarity to this church. That's why you are all here!" she added.

The church, which hosts a charismatic service in Tamil, sees a regular attendance of about 50 worshippers.

Non-Tamil speakers were also seen during the service.

Pastor David Loo, who expressed support for the church, was invited to deliver a sermon in English, which was translated into Tamil.

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