Amaran Najib Kepada Malaysian Insider
Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak memberi amaran kepada portal berita propembangkang, Malaysian Insider supaya tidak membuat tuduhan melulu menyalahkan parti politik tertentu dalam menyemarakkan sentimen berkaitan sensitiviti agama kebelakangan ini.
Dalam sidang akhbar selepas mempengerusikan satu mesyuarat pagi ini, Perdana Menteri dilemparkan dengan soalan provokasi daripada seorang wartawan portal itu yang mengaitkan penglibatan UMNO dalam mempolitikkan isu kalimah Allah.
“Jangan… jangan, jangan tuding jari kepada UMNO, kita (UMNO) amat bertanggungjawab, jangan kata ini dicetuskan oleh UMNO, itu kenyataan melulu yang anda (wartawan terbabit) buat.
“(Tuduhan) anda itu menjurus kepada UMNO, tolong hentikan,” kata beliau selepas Mesyuarat Keempat Pihak Berkuasa Pelaksanaan Koridor Utara (NCIA) di Bangunan Putra Perdana di sini.
Semalam, Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menolak tuduhan pembangkang bahawa UMNO telah mempolitikkan isu penggunaan kalimah Allah sebaliknya pembangkang sebenarnya memulakan isu itu.
Najib angrily denies Umno raising tension in ‘Allah’ issue
By Neville Spykerman
PUTRAJAYA, Jan 8 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak today strongly denied Umno should be blamed for raising the mercury in the “Allah” issue which climaxed with today’s attacks on three churches.
“Don’t point the fingers at Umno or anyone else. We have always been very responsible. Don’t say this attack is motivated by Umno,” said Najib, who was clearly unhappy when asked if politicians especially from Umno should be blamed for fanning the flames.
The Metro Tabernacle church in Kuala Lumpur was firebombed at midnight and Live Chapel in Section 17, Petaling Jaya was attacked with a Molotov cocktail, causing some damage.
Another Molotov cocktail failed to explode in the Church of Assumption in Petaling Jaya at 4am.
Police have tightened security at all churches nationwide while bracing for protests by Muslim groups against the Dec 31 High Court ruling allowing Catholic weekly Herald to use “Allah” in its Bahasa Malaysia section.
Najib also disclosed that there have been two incidents and one threat reported thus far.
“I condemn the attacks and those responsible because this will destroy the harmony of the country,” the prime minister said.
He pointed out that the country’s multiracial and multi-religious identity should not be threatened and the government will take all possible action to stop such attacks, adding he has directed Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to step up security around churches.
He urged the public not to take the law into their own hands and use the right channels to express their concerns.
Both Najib and Hishammuddin had over the past two days said that Muslims had a right to protest the “Allah” ruling within mosque compounds despite fears it might escalate tension in the country.
DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said top political party leaders should take a common stand to condemn the spate of church attacks in the wake of the “Allah” controversy and ensure that there is no further escalation.
“What many Malaysians had feared would happen and which the Prime Minister and Home Minister had discounted with their far-from-responsible stances — the exploitation of the ‘Allah’ controversy by irresponsible and extremist elements — have unfortunately come to pass,” the Ipoh Timur MP said in a statement.
He said Najib “should immediately impress on Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein to take all urgent and necessary measures to protect the good name of the country or be held responsible for any undesirable consequences”.
“In just nine months, Najib’s 1 Malaysia slogan is facing its most critical test as its very credibility is at stake.
“Malaysia also cannot afford further adverse international publicity over the ‘Allah’ controversy, which would only aggravate Malaysia’s declining international competitiveness if there is escalation of deplorable incidents by irresponsible and extremist elements like the spate of church attacks,” Lim added.
PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang condemned the “terrorising” fire bombings against the Metro Tabernacle Church and Church of Assumption.
Saying Islam allowed for freedom of worship, he said the actions went against its teachings and were committed by those who don’t understand their own religion.
“PAS members and supporters throughout the country and the people must always remember to be calm and not be influenced by the provocative actions of certain quarters,” Abdul Hadi said in a statement.