A police report has been lodged following the incident this morning when a couple of Molotov cocktails were lobbed into the premises of the Assumption Church in Penang.
Two men on motorcycles reportedly hurled the cockails at 1.30am, but only one exploded and the other fell on the grass, said police.
This comes a day after provocative ‘Allah’ banners were found at the premises of five different churches including the Assumption Church in Pakatan-ruled Penang.
What makes it unlikely for the identitical Allah banners to be the work of church insiders is that the five churches affected yesterday comprised four Catholic churches and a Lutheran (Protestant) church. There is very little day-to-day inter-denominational interaction at the local church level.
Are we seeing a pattern here where ‘dirty tricks’ individual(s) or a group wants to divert the public discourse away from the issues that really matter by attempting to heighten inter-religious tensions.
But just as in 2010 when people reacted knowingly to a series of arson attacks targeting churches and provocations on mosques, Malaysians are unlikely to fall for such desperate tactics.
P.S. Didn’t the police say yesterday they would be step up patrols at churches?