PETALING JAYA: A Christian group here has condemned the Easter Day terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka and affirms the right to worship safely.
Voicing its sympathies and prayers to the South Asian nation, the Association of NextGen Christians of Malaysia (Ancom) said it rejected all forms of extremism and stands for freedom of religion.
"Regardless of the motive, the attacks in Sri Lanka are the same as the traitorous attack in Christchurch: cowardly, barbaric and cruel," said Ancom advisor Jason Leong.
"Ancom hopes that the perpetrators and the masterminds of such a cruel and cynical crime, committed amid the Easter festivities, will get the punishment they deserve," he added in a statement Monday (April 22).
On Easter Sunday (April 21), simultaneous bombs exploded in several churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka at 8.45am (local time), killing 207 and injuring more than 450 people in the first major attack on the Indian Ocean island since the end of a civil war 10 years ago.
The Sri Lankan government has declared a curfew. Government officials also said major social media networks and messaging apps, including Facebook and WhatsApp, have been blocked inside the country to prevent misinformation and rumours.
Meanwhile, Ancom chairman Joshua Huang said, "We must stand together to make sure that no one should ever have to practise their faith in fear".