Cops step up security at churches

| January 9, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan has directed his men to increase air and ground patrols of mosques and churches nationwide for the next three days in the wake of three fire-bomb incidents on churches in the Klang Valley. All state police contingents have been issued directives on the matter.

Musa said initial investigations on the arson incidents at a church in Desa Melawati and two in Petaling Jaya showed them to be isolated cases.

He also dismissed the possibility that the incidents were carried out by the same individual but had yet to ascertain whether there were any groups responsible for the incidents.

So far, only three police reports were received on incidents against Christians and all were from the three churches.

Despite increased security for churches and mosques, Musa said it was not possible for police to provide round-the-clock protection.

He urged the public to assist police by reporting any suspicious activities in their area.

"Police are also monitoring the Internet, especially blogs which have comments that fan racial sentiments.

"Those responsible for posting the comments will be arrested under the Sedition Act 1948," he said at a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan showing the SMS which tells of an untrue incident.

He said police would also take action against those who sent out SMSes claiming that four vehicles belonging to Christians were smashed and vandalised in Bangsar Baru yesterday.

It also claimed that a fourth church in Kampung Melayu Subang was also torched.

"This is absolutely untrue and a lie. I warn those responsible to stop it as we are tracking them down and will take action against them."

Musa also sought public cooperation to check with the nearest police station on any rumours they read either through SMS or the Internet.

In a second press conference later in the afternoon, Musa confirmed that 10 peaceful assemblies were held nationwide.

"No participants were arrested and no seditious banners were put up. There will be no further action taken," he said.

 

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