The headlines in NST Online January 11, 2009 reads, “Minor vandalism fails to mar Sunday service”. It is headlines like these that embolden those who have carried out acts of vandalism on churches to continue vandalising with impunity.
The statement by Interior Minister Hishamuddin when he said, “situation under control and called on the people not to be influence by reports on the internet or sms pertaining to the situation in the country” in reference to the attacks on churches throughout the country over the 'Allah” issue, is indeed a mockery and bad publicity for the Minister.
Now, there has already been eight churches that have been vandalised to date, and yet Hishamuddin claims that the situation is under control. Even the police thinks likewise. Do they not realise that such acts has caused fear in innocent people, and are they waiting for the burning of a mosque to happen before they say that the situation is now beyond control?
Look, we retired soldiers have gone through the May 13 incident, and we do not want another incident like this to happen again. And I do not think our soldiers today would want to go through a similar incident. I can tell you that my parents feared for their lives, and till today they do not wish to talk about it ever. Maybe, Hishamuddin wasn't around to see what actually happen during the riotings, but believe me, Malaysians of the Christian faith are extremely angry at the way Hishamuddin has been making statements regarding the burning of the churches.
Let me say this too, that the government has lost many votes because of its poor handling of the situation, and for this they had better work hard to win the confidence and trust of the affected Malaysian Christians, if they want to garner a much better election results in the next general elections.
CRUSADE AGAINST CORRUPTION