What Now?

After a weekend where our beloved country hogged the international limelight and fame for the wrong reasons, which was totally uncalled for and total unproductive, calls for calm was adhered.

What next?

Everybody is now watching and looking at the police department as to whether any of the arsonists will be brought to court and charged or will this issue end like one of those many unresolved mysteries.

Today another church in Seremban was targeted by vandals bringing the total number of churches attacked to eight. And it looks like the police are clueless as to where this vandals and arsonists come from.

Issuing statements saying that they are investigating and probing is not enough. The people must see results and therefore the police must hold daily press briefing to keep the general public informed on their progress in investigation.

This is a matter of national concern. Lots of goodwill and good feeling is lost due to the way the government handled the ALLAH issue. The government must go out of its way to restore the lost goodwill and bring back confidence and optimism in the minds of its citizens. No issues are ever solved by sweeping them under the carpet or by shutting up the media.

The Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and IGP Musa Hassan must address the rising uncertainty the ALLAH issue has created and reassure the general public that no one is above the law.

Ordinary citizens are more concerned with their bread and butter issues, children’s education, increase in prices of essential goods, job opportunities than what name you call GOD. Those who are igniting the controversy are acting out of ignorance or for political gains.

If the police misses this opportunity to bring those arsonists to court, it will completely lose its credibility.

All is not lost and we still have the opportunity of rebuilding what we lost over this episode through inter-faith dialogues and consultations with civil society representatives, non-governmental organisations and politicians from both the ruling and opposition divide.

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