Monday, January 11, 2010

Cops deny latest church attack

By Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani - The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 — Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Tan Sri Ismail Omar has denied that a Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) church in Seremban was attacked today.

The SIB church in Negri Sembilan’s capital was attacked today with a firebomb, leaving scorch marks on its front doors.

The doors of the SIB church in Seremban show signs of scorching.

The attack did not affect the church interior and was believed to have occurred early this morning.

“What I know is that it did not happen. Where did you get this information from? That is what I want to know. You must double check,” Ismail told reporters after attending a briefing for foreign diplomats on the current situation in the country.

Rasah member of Parliament, Loke Siew Fook visited the church soon after the attack and confirmed the incident.

“The worship hall was not affected, the attack only affected the front door,” Loke told The Malaysian Insider.

Meanwhile, Negri Sembilan police chief Datuk Osman Salleh said a report has been lodged over the incident, but refused to provide any details.

Ismail gave his assurance that the police will continue to monitor the situation to ensure national security.

“I would like to tell the public to carry on with their daily course [of life] and ... my observation shows that there is no problem.

“That is the fact, the fact is from ... the police. I want to remind people to please use the Malaysian Control Centre in Bukit Aman, which is [in operation] 24-hours [daily],” Ismail said.

He added that the public should not believe news that is not verified.

“We should be more matured and encourage Malaysians to be more objective ... in approaching the situation in our country,” he said.

Ismail also confirmed that no arrest has been made as the police must first conduct an investigation.

“Every information we receive must be investigated and verified to ensure that we arrest the right person.

“I am aware that there are names mentioned in the blogs but the police process [is such], we want to be sure we get the right person,” he said.