Cops to be on standby at churches despite Umno announcement

Cops to be on standby at churches despite Umno announcement
Muslim Protestors display a banner during a demonstration against a Malaysian Catholic newspaper using the word 'Allah' at the court of appeal in Putrajaya, outside Kuala Lumpur on October 14, 2013.

PETALING JAYA - Police will still be on standby at churches today despite Selangor Umno announcing that it will not hold any protest in front of any place of worship over the issue of non-Muslims using the word "Allah".

Selangor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Shukri Dahlan confirmed that his men would be on standby to ensure that no untoward incident occurred.

"We are always ready (for any eventuality)," he said when contacted yesterday.

"Whatever they (Selangor Umno) or any other group say about holding or not holding a protest, we have to be on the alert. It is our job."

SDCP Shukri earlier said that everyone should keep calm and act rationally over sensitive issues.

He also urged those planning to take other actions - including sending memo­randums to churches - to rethink their plans.

He said there were better ways than to march in large groups to hand over memorandums.

SDCP Shukri also reminded the public that action could be taken under the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 against any group holding illegal rallies.

"But if they heed police orders to disperse, there will be no need for action," he said.

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