Selangor Umno not holding protests at churches

Selangor Umno not holding protests at churches

KLANG - After much hype, the plan by Selangor Umno to protest in front of churches in the state on Sunday may not happen after all.

State Umno leaders contacted seemed unsure whether the proposed gathering to protest Catholic priest Father Lawrence Andrew's remarks that Catholic churches would continue to use the world "Allah" in reference to God during mass would even get off the ground.

State party secretary Datuk Johan Abd Aziz said the matter had not been fully discussed with party members, including state chairman Datuk Seri Noh Omar.

"There are talks and calls for protests but only Noh can decide. As of now, no decision has been made," he said yesterday.

Noh, when contacted, claimed he was unaware of such a plan.

"Who is holding the protest? Umno? If there is going to be one, we will let the public know," he said.

His deputy Datuk Abdul Shukur Idrus said the decision on whether the gathering would go ahead would be decided today.

"It all depends on whether Father Lawrence issues a public apology," he said.

Some Selangor Umno leaders had on Thursday given Father Lawrence until today to withdraw his statement while Gombak Umno division chief Abdul Rahim Kamarudin said the party would stage a protest if the Catholic priest failed to do so.

Selangor Perkasa has also said it would not hold any rally in front of churches.

Its state chief Abu Bakar Yahya said the NGO's members would carry out protests, but not by holding ­rallies in front of churches as that would disturb Christians who were praying in the buildings.

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