Sikh temple gets stonedPosted: January 13, 2010
From the Malaysian Insider HERE:
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 13 — A sliding glass door to the entrance of a Sikh Temple in Sentul here was found cracked late yesterday by a barrage of stones, making it the first non-Christian house of worship hit since the controversial landmark “Allah” ruling.
During the incident, he said, several volunteers who were busy cleaning the temple witnessed stones flying into its main entrance and immediately alerted the police.
Some 20 stones were thrown from outside the temple compound, he said, adding that police had retrieved the stones and were carrying out further investigations.
I don’t know how this is related to the Allah controversy. Or the church burnings. Or that incident with the convent school.
But one thing I do know is this. The situation is becoming increasingly ridiculous.
Fo all we know, the stones could have been hurled by random people who have nothing to do with any of the political nonsense, and who didn’t know any better. But we must ask this question: If it really were just an isolated incident, why did the ‘stone-throwers’ feel it right for them to do that? (This is only assuming it was isolated. I don’t want to speculate if it were organised with some more sinister motive, like instigate racial/ religious hatred and segregation…)
If we were to look back during the past couple of years, we would see news reports of molotov cocktails being thrown into houses because of some ‘political issue’. Pray ask, what has happened to those investigations? And pray ask, what did our leaders do when those incidents occured?
The lack of action, the lack of a united condemnation by ALL of our country’s top people, when incidents such as this happen is leading us further and further away from the harmony and togetherness that we seek as fellow countrymen.
We get statements that go, “This was an isolated incident”. And then what? It has nothing to do with so-and-so incident, so there’s nothing to worry about?
Does the incident being an ‘isolated’, ‘one-off’ incident take away from the fact that it was a malice? That it is completely wrong? I certainly hope not. Isolated or not, when acts of violence happen, there should be no doubt, no passing the buck around. Everyone should take a solid stand against it. Our leaders should know better than to say, “It’s an isolated incident, and by the way, don’t blame it on us.”
What is increasingly disturbing is that these acts of malice and violence, (by people, it seems, who are bent on destroying things) have now extended to attacking places of worship. Places where people congregate to give praise to their Lord(s), where they are supposed to share harmony and love and all the good things in life. People, it seems, are getting ever more daring, and not even in a good way.
Isolated or not, acts like this are increasing the tension in a society that is already stretched. At a time like this, statements like this:
He (Hishammuddin) also vowed to use the Internal Security Act (ISA), which allows for detention without trial, against those who stoke religious tension.
do not help. I’d be more worried than relieved if the ISA is the only act we have that protects the people from harm.
Is it too much to ask that the leaders take a common stand against any sort of violence, that they not make excuses for why these have occured, and that they find a way in which a resolution can be reached?