Other ‘Allah’ banners, believed to be identical to that found this morning at a Catholic Church in Butterworth this morning, were discovered in a few churches on Penang Island, fuelling suspicion that the planting of these banners is the work of a ‘dirty tricks’ group up to no good. Could it also have been an attempt to divert attention away from the anti-price hikes protest rally on mainland Penang this afternoon?
Blog visitor Boo Soon Yew provided an alert:
The same type of banner with the exact wordings was outside the Lutheran Church at Island Glades also, at around 6.30am … but you can obviously see if would NOT have been put up by the church people as it was hanging haphazardly across the hedge at the fencing.
When contacted, the pastor of the Victory Church, Rev Albert Vijay Joseph, confirmed the discovery of the banner outside the church, located along Lorong Delima in Island Glades in Penang Island.
He said the wording on the banner read: “Allah is Great, Jesus Christ is the son of Allah.” That would make it almost identical to the wording found on the banner at the Catholic Church of the Nativity in Butterworth on mainland Penang.
The Victory Church is expected to lodge a report with the police soon.
Meanwhile, Patrick Charles reports on my Facebook:
There was one such banner at the bus stop in front of St John Britto church (in Sungai Pinang) this morning. It must be the same irresponsible person or group.
As mentioned in an earlier post, this could be the underhand work of a person(s)/group out to stoke Muslim anger against Christians in a Pakatan-ruled state. The other possibility is that these banners were put up in a “dirty tricks’ attempt to divert attention – and news coverage – away from the Himpunan Turun 2.0 rally on mainland Penang today.
But Malaysians are much wiser now and can see through such crude attempts at stirring the pot or diverting our attention away from the real issues.
Update: Meanwhile, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng tweeted that three such banners were found in churches in Penang. The other church he mentioned was the Catholic Church of the Immaculate Conception in Pulau Tikus, Penang. Guan Eng added he had spoken to the Chief Police Officer of Penang, who said he would increase patrols around churches.
The Malaysian Insider reports that a banner was also put up at the Church of the Assumption in Penang Island.
Bernama, for its part, reports that banners were found at five churches and a bus-stop along Light Street. Even the Jelutong Umno chief was reported as saying that he did not believe it was the work of the churches: “I believe certain individuals have deliberately created the provocation by hanging such banners at the church grounds to incite racial riots in this country.”
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Anil, the issue already being reported by UMNO blogger Puapukari, who is blaming the Christians. Please get them to make police reports and please issue statements to clarify the situation.
Those guys are just stirring the pot.
Even the Umno Jelutong chief is not blaming the churches.
The Churches need to be vigilant against such provocative acts by third parties trying to inflame the issue further. I hope the banners were taken down immediately and police reports made. Patrolling needs to be done around the churches.
It’s all Father Lawrence’s fault. Why is he so busybody? So what say you about this? This guys has spoken. Hahahaha!
Provocation after provocation. Just pray that maturity triumphs over emotions.
Is it me or does it all sound too dumb? In Malaysia, how lost can one be in race and religion politics in this country NOT to understand that Christians ANYWHERE would only be galvanized and even more steadfast by such attacks?
Are these Supremacist really so lost in some dark isolated world without TVs, pirated DVD, movies that they can be so ignorant such things simply just say THEY HAVE NO CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING?