KUALA LUMPUR, April 20 — Faithful Muslims need not fear the symbols of other religions, a pro-Barisan Nasional Facebook group said when condemning protesters who forced a church in Taman Medan to remove its cross yesterday.
The “Friends of BN — Barisan Nasional” group added that Malaysians must respect each other’s creeds if they expect others to do the same for their faith.
“As known, among the Malay-Muslim community is some sensitivity regarding the cross. But if the faith and belief of Muslims are strong, then we need not be afraid of the religious symbols of others.
“Even the Prophet himself respected other religions, and as such religion should be the keeper of peace, not the triggers of conflict,” the group said.
Yesterday, a group of around 50 protesters gathered in front of a new church in Taman Medan demanding that it take down a cross put up on the building’s façade.
The protesters had demanded the removal of the cross, claiming that it is a challenge to the area’s majority Muslim community and could influence young Muslims.
It is understood that the church voluntarily took down the cross, several hours after a discussion with representatives from the protest group.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar earlier today cleared the protesters of any wrongdoing, saying the incident was not unlawful or seditious.
But Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi later insisted that the protesters will be investigated under the Sedition Act.