Gerakan condemns religious intolerance following church issue - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Gerakan condemns religious intolerance following church issue

PETALING JAYA: Religious tolerance is key to living in a peaceful and harmonious society, said Gerakan deputy president, Datuk Dr Cheah Soon Hai.

"We all respect Islam as our country's official religion but it is equally important to understand and respect the existence of other religions to maintain harmony" said Cheah in a statement today.

He also said that putting a cross on the church façade was well within the ambit of the law.

Meanwhile, Selangor Gerakan State Chairman, David Ang Chin Tat said that although Muslims comprise about 70% of residents in the neighbourhood, the rights of non-Muslims must be respected too.

In a statement issued today, Ang said Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak himself is a supporter of moderation.

In the incident, a group of 50 demonstrators gathered outside a church in Taman Medan on Sunday to protest against a cross on the façade of the building.

They had demanded for the cross to be taken down, claiming it challenged Islam.

The church voluntarily removed the cross later in the day.

Earlier, Selangor Mentri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali said forcing the church to take down the cross was disrespectful towards the Christian community and extremism has no place in the state.

Azmin said the incident is unacceptable and the 50 self-proclaimed residents of the area who protested against the church on Sunday must respect and tolerate the religion of others.



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