Church Bombing Culprits Will Be Brought To Justice, Says Najib

| January 8, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 8 (Bernama) — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said those responsible for the arson attacks at churches which shocked the nation will be brought to justice.

"This divisive event, and others like it, do not represent Malaysia or Islam. They don't represent our families, our communities, or the effort we have all made towards strengthening 1Malaysia," he said on his 1Malaysia website on Friday.

Condemning the incidents yet again, the Prime Minister said incidents of violence motivated by religious, social or political differences were a threat to the country's harmony and stability.

"An investigation into this matter has already been launched, and those responsible will be brought to justice," he added.

Malaysians, he said, were shocked by the actions.

He said he had also ordered the police to tighten security around religious places including churches to ensure that there would be no further instances of violence.

"We cannot allow this to happen again to any place of worship," he said.

Najib said Malaysia prided itself on respecting all religions and pursuing peaceful, legal channels to resolve differences.

"We encourage our citizens to responsibly voice their opinions, but violence is never an acceptable method of expression," he said.

The prime minister said Malaysia was a multi-racial and multi-religious country with a history of peaceful coexistence between Muslims, Christians, Buddhists, Hindus and others.

"Many Malaysians practice Christianity, and have done so freely. We will not tolerate activities that endanger or threaten our fellow citizens," he added.

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