YB DATUK WILFRED M BUMBURING,
UPKO Vice President.
Reaction to Church Bombing incident in KL.
What have happened over the last 24 hours is considered to be the darkest chapter in Malaysian History and from now on Malaysia will never be the same again. People all over the world have up to this time look upon Malaysia as role model in national integration due to its multi-racial and multi-religious society. However this has changed overnight due to action by irresponsible elements in our society who are bent on forging disunity among the people of this country. The recent episode not only have deeply marred Malaysia’s reputation as a role model in racial integration but have placed us on the same par with countries who are known to have experience racial and religious conflicts among their citizen.
I therefore urge the relevant authority to provide ample protection to church building and other properties own by Christian throughout the country, and to take urgent and effective step to prevent this incident from escalating. The burden of responsibility in ensuring the safety of its every citizen regardless of race and religion lies with the government we in the government would be held accountable.
Meanwhile I urge every Christian from all denominational faith to exercise full restrain and calmness in facing the current situation. Every Christian should from now hold special prayer session asking God for strength and patience in facing this situation. Every Christian should be guarded by the principle of love for God and love for mankind as outline in the Gospel of St. Matthew 5:44 where Jesus commanded every Christian to ‘Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.’ The first Pope, St. Peter in 1 Peter 3:8 & 9 said, ‘Be ye all of one mind, having compassion one of another, love as brethren, be pitiful, be courteous: Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a blessing.’
May God Give us strength and inner peace”