2026: Hishamuddin confirms seven churches have become the target of vandalism in the country so far. But my tally indicates eight.
Maybe his tally doesn’t include the Convent school in Taiping that was struck by a molotov cocktail, although church officials say it was probably meant for the St Louis Catholic Church next door.
In the incident in Miri, the glass windows of the Good Shepherd Church were shattered after being thrown with bricks, according to a church member, Bernama reports. It is believed to be an Anglican church located in Lutong, Miri.
Except for the first arson attack, the other six incidents caused negligible damage.
2006: A scroller on Bernama TV Channel 502 over the 8.00pm news confirms that a church in Miri was targeted.
1858: Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister Peter Chin said earlier today that incidents such as burning of churches would not happen in Sarawak. “Honestly, I do not think such incidents will happen in Sarawak. We have been living in peace and harmony for a long, long time because Sarawakians are sensible people,” the Borneo Post quoted him as saying.
1839: In an unrelated development, the Malaysian Mirror reports that the Sarawak National Party (Snap) has joined the Pakatan.
1813: News reports (Insider and bintulu.org, and according to blog reader SamG, Bernama TV Channel 502) speak of an attempted attack on a church in Miri. But it is hard to see any damage in the photo found here on bintulu.org
1705: A Catholic priest describes these arson attempts as “amateurish” and says national leaders must come out with a strong statement to the nation that all this has to stop.
1700: Rev Hermen Shastri, the General Secretary of the Council of Churches of Malaysia, along with fellow church leaders and other Christians, is in the midst of a dialogue session with Anwar Ibrahim.
1655: Three more incidents today:
- A news alert has gone out that a Baptist church in Malacca was splashed with black paint.
- Attempted molotov cocktail attempts at the All Saints Anglican Church in Taiping – confirmed by church reps
- A similar attempted attack at the premises of the St Louis Catholic Church/convent school – confirmed by church reps.
“There were black marks on the wall [of All Saints]. We believed there was a small fire earlier but there was no damage as the wall was intact,” Zulkifli Abdullah, the state police chief, said.
He said a broken bottle filled with the inflammable liquid paraffin was found inside the compound of St Louis Catholic Church.
According to The Star:
… the staircase leading to the Taiping church was slightly burned while the Molotov cocktail thrown into the school failed to explode. Perak CPO Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah said the bottle, however, shattered the window of the guard post located at the compound, which also houses a church.