Need for transparency on actions against the attacks of churches
DAP National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong Dr Tan Seng Giaw reiterates that all concerned including the Prime Minister, the Home Minister and the IGP must be transparent in the handling of the church burning incident.
Transparency is a positive way of dealing with rumours and untruths on yesterday's petrol bombing of three churches in the Klang Valley. The public expect effective action against the perpetrators of these arson attacks.
Just as many people, Dr Tan has received various types of information and interpretations of the incident that is thought to be as a result of the High Court decision allowing the use of the word Allah by the Catholic weekly, Herald. The King has called for calm and respect for houses of worship.
The Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib and his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin condemned these attacks. The Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin viewed them seriously and would not comprise with those responsible. The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Sri Musa Hassan said the police were investigating the matter and assured everyone they would conduct a thorough investigation.
“There will be no cover up. We have to be careful with what we say so as not to cause any unnecessary tension or uneasiness among the various races and religions in this country,” he said today.
Musa said political parties must not seize the opportunity to fuel the situation for their political benefit but instead work together to ensure peace and security prevailed and that various races continue to live in harmony.
We have insisted that no political party should be involved in such dastardly acts. All concerned especially Najib should make sure that this is so.
One positive way is to ensure that there is transparency. Let the people know the definite actions, the investigations and the results of various efforts. Otherwise, SMS, blog, facebook and others continue to carry information and interpretations.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw