Church seeks Selangor government nod

Church seeks Selangor government nod
Removed: A building caretaker showing the place where the cross was before it was taken down following the protest.

PETALING JAYA: The church in Taman Medan that was asked to remove a cross by a group of protesters will only put up the sign again once it has received a formal approval from the Selangor government.

Lawyer Derek Fernandez, who accompanied representatives of the church to the Petaling Jaya district police headquarters yesterday, said the church was waiting for the state government to officially give them the green light.

"They have not received anything in writing and they are hopeful that they will get something as they are quite frightened even until today," he said, adding that the church would also ask for assistance from the police and the Petaling Jaya City Council to ensure that there was no untoward incident when the cross is put up again.

The representatives were there to have their statements recorded by the police over Sunday's incident when about 50 residents staged a protest against the church for putting up a cross on the building's facade.

"The police were very professional. They asked more detailed questions about the incident. My clients were also very clear in what they told the police," he said, adding that his clients were traumatised by the incident.

"They fear for their safety as well as the parishioners'," he said.

He added that his clients also mentioned a man, who claimed to be a police officer, asking the church representatives to meet with the protesters during the incident.

"If the allegation is true, then this matter must be investigated further," said Fernandez.

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Samah Mat said police would monitor the situation closely.

"The church can contact us if they need our help," he said.

Yesterday, it was all quiet outside the church located at the end of an almost deserted row of shops. Its doors were locked and no one seemed to be inside.

Save for a row of roses placed at its doorstep by well-wishers, there was no sign to indicate that it was a place of worship.

A man addressing himself as Mr Chin arrived to place a few placards with messages of solidarity.

"I am not a Christian but I came to support them as a Malaysian," he said before leaving the premises hurriedly.

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