Gerakan Youth wants MB to restore cross - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Gerakan Youth wants MB to restore cross

Gerakan Youth has urged Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali to restore the cross that was removed from a church in Petaling Jaya yesterday.

It's leader Tan Keng Liang said it the state government must look into this issue immediately and uphold the principles of religious freedom under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.

"Azmin should resolve this issue without any further delay. Don't let this be another pro-longed incident like last year's seizure of BSM Christian Bibles by Selangor state agency," said Tan.

Asked on the specific measures needed to be taken by the Selangor government, Tan said the state cabinet should ask for the cross to be replaced.

"Perhaps they should get the local council to assist the church. I think Azmin knows what needs to be done to resolve the issue," he said.

Christians have rights

Tan was referring to a protest by 50 individuals in front of a shoplot in Taman Medan yesterday.

The group was unhappy that a large cross was affixed on the building, on grounds that the majority of the those within the vicinity were Muslims.

The church removed the cross immediately after the protest. It is understood that the church has been operational for three days.

Tan said the church cannot be forced to remove the cross, as doing so would be going against Article 11.

"Even if there is only 1 percent of Christians in any part of our country, a church can still be erected to serve the 1 percent Christians in that area.

"The church should not be forced to remove their holy symbol of the 'cross' at their premise," he said.

When told that there were a number of Umno members among the protestors, Tan said their background was irrelevant.





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