Arsonists failed to set fire to Taiping’s historic All Saints’ Church and the Convent School last night, making it the fifth church and first Christian school attack linked to the controversial ‘Allah’ ruling that has riled many Muslims.
All Saints Church, Taiping Perak
Convent School Taiping
Police confirmed both incidents, saying Molotov cocktails were lobbed at the church and school but the petrol bombs did not explode.
Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau also sent out a news alert reporting police confirmation that a Baptist church in Durian Daun, Malacca was splashed with black paint.
The country’s first Anglican church is also the first outside Klang Valley to be attacked since Friday.
The church in Jalan Taming Sari was built in 1886 and is considered one of Malaysia’s precious heritage sites with its humble timber facade.
Church officials said the petrol bomb found at the convent school was probably meant for the St Louis Church next door.
The convent school, renamed SMK Convent Taiping, started in 1899 but moved to its present location in Convent Lane in 1938.
In the incident at the All Saints Church, the caretaker of the premises lodged a report with the police upon discovering two broken bottles just outside the wall of the church at about 7.30am this morning.
DCP Zulkifli said the caretaker had also discovered black marks on the wall, leading to the belief that it was a case of attempted arson.
In the other incident, the security guard of SM Convent Taiping had found a similar broken bottle just outside the school premises.
Police suspect that the bottle had been flung at the school at about 3.30am this morning.
Meanwhile, he warned the public against repeating such attempts and said that the police would spare no mercy towards those involved in such criminal acts.
The first and worst hit was the Metro Tabernacle in Desa Melawati which had its office gutted in the early hours of Friday. The government has given RM500,000 to rebuild the church, which is part of the Assemblies of God church.
The Life Chapel in Section 17 Petaling Jaya suffered scorch marks in another attack, similar to that seen in the Lutheran Good Shepherd Church in the city’s old town quarter.
Another Molotov cocktail attack failed at the Catholic Assumption Church in Jalan Templar in Petaling Jaya.
Some churches cancelled services on Friday while others have started vigils to pray for safety and peace.
The Metro Tabernacle church had its Sunday service at the MCA headquarters today.