DAP and MCA urges calm after mosque vandalism

Both MCA and DAP today cautioned the public against getting emotional and reacting to this morning’s vandalism of a surau in Seremban.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng urged the public to pray for peace and avoid practising the “culture of violence and hatred” in response to the attack on the surau in Taman Pulai Impian Temiang.

“The DAP strongly condemns the attack. Such an incident is not only irresponsible but is also an act of treachery that cannot be accepted in a civilised society and a constitutional democracy.

“Perhaps the culprits feel that this provocative act would be more effective during the month of Ramadan,” he said in a statement today.

Lim also urged the police to act quickly on the matter and arrest those who were involved.

“The DAP hopes the police will quickly bring the culprits to justice,” he said.

MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok said the culprits, once apprehended, should have their citizenships stripped for violating the basic tenets of the Rukunegara.

He noted that the MCA would not mince its words in condemning such a “heinous misdeed” and called on all Malaysians to remain calm to enable the police to conduct its investigations.

“Malaysians should not allow their emotions to overrule reason, because if that happens, the extremists who are behind this dastardly evil act which appears targeted to unleash societal tension will emerge victorious.

“We do not know the ulterior motive of the culprits in spraying red paint at the surau and we hope it remains an isolated case,” he said in a statement.

He reminded Malaysians of how they had stood together to condemn similar attacks on religious praying grounds earlier this year, urging them to continue displaying such solidarity.

“This year in January, when holy houses of different religions were attacked, Malaysians irrespective of religion came up in droves, demonstrating solidarity in full support of peace and brotherhood.

“This clearly indicated that normal Malaysians reject any form of attacks against religious places and will not be cowed into fear by miscreants out to spark national upheaval.

“Such vandalism is the work of a minority,” he said.