Church set on fire

http://sg.news.yahoo.com/ap/20100108/ta … c65ae.html
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Unidentified attackers set fire to a church in Malaysia early Friday amid a growing conflict in the country over the use of the word “Allah” by non-Muslims, officials said.

Only the first floor office of the Metro Tabernacle Church was destroyed in the blaze that started a little after midnight Thursday, said church spokesman Kevin Ang. The worship areas on the upper two floors were undamaged, and there were no injuries.

The church is located in a three-story building on a shopping street in Desa Melawati, a suburb of Kuala Lumpur, the main city of this Muslim-majority country.

The attack on the Protestant church comes days after the Kuala Lumpur High Court struck down a 3-year-old ban on non-Muslims using the word “Allah” in their literature.

The government has appealed against the court verdict, which allowed a Catholic publication to use the common word for God in the Malay language, and the High Court has suspended its decision from being enforced until the appeal is heard.

Muslims argue that “Allah” is exclusive to Islam, and its use by Christians would confuse Muslims and tempt them to convert to Christianity.

The court decision has resulted in a rash of angry comments and threats by Muslims on the Internet. Dozens of Muslim groups are planning a protest against the court decision on Friday after weekly prayers. But it is apparently the first time the controversy turned destructive.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Mohamad Sabtu Osman told The Associated Press that it was premature to link the attack on the church to the protests over the Allah ban.

“We are still investigating,” he said. He also urged Muslims not to participate in the planned protests, adding that police would be stationed at mosques to monitor the situation.

Another church official quoted a witness as saying she saw three or four men on a motorcycle breaking the main glass front of the church and throw something inside, possibly a gasoline bomb. The account could not be independently confirmed.

About 60 percent of Malaysia’s 28 million people are Malay Muslims, while the rest are ethnic Chinese, Indians and indigenous tribes, who follow Christianity, Hinduism and other religions.

The High Court ruling was on a petition by the Herald, the main publication of Malaysia’s Roman Catholic Church. It uses the word Allah in its Malay-language edition, which is read by the indigenous tribes in the remote states of Sabah and Sarawak.

The tribespeople are Malay-speaking, so Catholic officials say “Allah” is the only word they know for God.

But many Muslims in Malaysia have refused to accept the argument that “Allah” is an Arabic word that predates Islam, and that it is used by Christians in countries such as Egypt, Syria, Lebanon and Indonesia regularly in their worship.

The backlash against the court verdict has reinforced complaints by religious minorities in Malaysia that they face institutional discrimination by the government.

On Thursday, the Malaysian judiciary’s Web site was hacked and defaced with an apparent threat to Christians, the Star newspaper reported. The site, however, appeared to be normal on Friday.

The Star said the hacker, using the alias “Brainwash,” defaced the site with a banner saying: “Mess with the best, die like the rest” and “Allah only restricted to Muslim only.”

Another link to the story - http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/inde … ch-attacks

iban bible even use Allah Taala…sarawak shud split from malaysia la…stupid west…

i feel so scared right now… for the future of malaysia…the govt mishandled the issue! they politicized it…they purposely flame the emotion of the Semenanjung Malays to protest against it, when even the ulamak themselves are at odds on whether to allow or not to allow. Even PAS’s original stand is to allow the use of the term.

Why can’t they just follow sarawakians and sabahans… the Christians have been using the term for ages and yet i don’t see any issue about it!

i’m just afraid that some ppl will retaliate and bomb some mosques next…

“Mess with the best, die like the rest” - Brainwash.

its either an obese guy who only play FIFA on his PC or a nerdy guy who think he looks cool in his FB profile.

if they say exclusive…y shud be scared of Christians or other religion?

LIKE I SAID !! DONT USE WORD “ALLAH” !! IT IS A PAGAN GOD AKA BLOOD GOD !! Why they never read the facts about this ALLAH !!

[quote=“basikal”]i feel so scared right now… for the future of malaysia…the govt mishandled the issue! they politicized it…they purposely flame the emotion of the Semenanjung Malays to protest against it, when even the ulamak themselves are at odds on whether to allow or not to allow. Even PAS’s original stand is to allow the use of the term.

Why can’t they just follow sarawakians and sabahans… the Christians have been using the term for ages and yet i don’t see any issue about it!

i’m just afraid that some ppl will retaliate and bomb some mosques next…[/quote]

It is correct that this term has been in use by Sarawakians and Sabahans for ages, even before Malaysia existed. Malaysia only come to being with the coming together of Sabah and Sarawak (Singapore and Brunei withdrew later) with Malaya.

What makes you think this term will continue to be used if the court rules that Christians are not allowed to use this term. This being a national issue, a blanket ban will be imposed throughout Malaysia; Sabah and Sarawak included. Look at the bigger picture.

I am saddened that this has escalated to a point of torching places of worship. Lets hope and pray logic and restrain prevails.

Cheers,

There will be torching of masjid. Even christian dont just stand around and do nothing.

where is 1 MALAYSIA concept here!!! WTF!

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The culprits should be treated as terrorist act…
Maybe member of Osama in action… :twisted:

get A LIVE FARKING DOGS!!! there is no 1Malaysia concept is more like 1bodohMalaysia with the “SIA” missing …farking retards!

omg … unbelievable they are so fanatic…

let them do stupid things…they r spoiling their own images n religion…

terrorist!

confirmed that malaysian supported terrorist…

hmmm, ya. saw it in yahoo world news headlines

we never join, its only singapore, the sultan initially wanted to join but there was a national rebellion against it and he changed his mind. why be a sultan with ceremonial power when u can wait 20 yrs & be one with absolute power?

FACT: It is act of terrorism, extremism and infidelism. Terrorism, extremists and infidels have no place in a peaceful country like Malaysia. The government should/must consider death penalty for the terrorists or extremists involved.

It’s the act of some fanatics who intent to create racial tension and disharmony. True believers would only support peace and love.

no… not death penalty.

definately agree what you said. only a portion of them around.