Unknown person(s), believed to be mischief makers, put up a provocative banner outside the (Catholic) Church of the Nativity in Butterworth. It was removed by the church when it was discovered this morning.
The banner was found near the entrance to the church premises early this morning, when Sunday Masses in Tamil and Bahasa Malaysia were due to be held. The priest told the congregation he did not know who put up the banner, and the church took it down.
I suspect the open display of the banner is aimed at fuelling Muslim anger against Christians.
In recent days, there appear to have been concerted attempts to stoke up ethno-religious tensions in this Pakatan-ruled state. I am sure most Malaysians won’t fall for such ploys and tactics.
The Church of the Nativity in Butterworth is about 4km away from the Sunway Carnival in Seberang Jaya, where a protest was held by pro-Umno groups on 18 January. Another protest, this time by the anti-price hike group Turun, is expected to be held at around the same venue this afternoon.