HULU SELANGOR: Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein has confirmed that the number of churches attacked has reached seven but says the situation is not serious.
“So far the attacks have involved stone throwing and arson attempts. There is no serious damage,” said the Home Minister, referring to the latest report on the surveillance on places of worship.
Yesterday, the All Saints’ Church at Jalan Taming Sari and the SMK Convent along Jalan Convent in Taiping were targets of arson attempts. Hishammuddin said the incidents were isolated and not coordinated.
Hishammuddin, who is also an Umno vice-president, said the narrow-minded agenda pursued by certain quarters was aimed at creating chaos and inciting hatred towards Umno and the Govern-ment.
“Over the past two or three days, we are tested yet again when certain quarters have taken advantage to point fingers at Umno and the government by suggesting that we are behind the religious incitement. Such allegations are baseless. These people have nothing better to do but to point fingers at others.
“The situation is under control. We are monitoring the situation so that it will not become extreme and affect the peace and harmony we have built in the country all these while,” he said yesterday at Umno’s Juara Rakyat programme in Bukit Beruntong.
Both he and Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin called for maturity in dealing with the situation.
Khairy said Umno and Barisan Nasional leaders should lead by example so that people would understand that the Government under Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s leadership was doing its best to bring calm to the current situation.
“Don’t be trapped in emotions, don’t be trapped by finger-pointing politics to the extent that the situation becomes out of control,” he said after kicking off the futsal match at the same event.
“Of course, there are many discussions in blogs but what’s important is our actions.
“We must not fan the fire. We must put the fire out. We do what’s best for all.”
He was asked to comment on reports in blogs, including opposition blogs, blaming Umno and the Government over the religious incitement and church attacks.
“I would like to deny the statement blaming Umno and the Government because it is such an irresponsible statement when we have a track record of administrating the multi-racial country.”
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Under control?? Haha! veli farnee! What is under control when more and more churches are being torched? Nak tipu budak 3 tahun ke?? Kalau cakap politikus boleh percaya, lembu pun boleh naik pokok. Please say something relevent Hishammooodin.