Groups slam plan to protest at churches

Groups slam plan to protest at churches

PETALING JAYA - Various groups have condemned the proposed protests at some churches tomorrow over the Allah issue and called for everyone not to be led by emotions.

Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism president Jagir Singh claimed that the proposed protests were meant to pressure Christian groups from exercising their religious rights.

"It amounts to clear intimidation. The police should act on the protesters," he said yesterday.

"Do not allow our emotions to run astray. Let us go through the proper channel to sort out our differences."

The issue on whether the Catholic weekly The Herald could use the word "Allah", he said, was still pending in court as the Federal Court had yet to decide on the matter.

Christian Federation of Malaysia chairman Rev Dr Eu Hong Seng said they were "deeply concerned and disturbed" by the numerous reports of threats that protests and demonstrations would be organised outside some churches in Selangor.

"We welcome the police statements warning Selangor Umno that the protests would contravene the Peaceful Assembly Act and that the police in Klang will be present to ensure the safety and security of church members and the sanctity of the church."

He called on Christians to be vigilant and remain calm and for good sense to prevail.

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