BUTTERWORTH, Jan 27 — Penang Police thanked the public for not taking part in an event to burn copies of Malay-language Bibles that was supposed to take place at the Bandaran Bagan Luar field here today.
Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi said there was no turnout for the event unlike what was allegedly publicised in brochures on it. “So far the people here, especially the Muslim community, did not take part in the plans,” he told a news conference here.
Last Monday, police received a report from a priest over anonymous brochures which stated ‘jom bakar…pesta bakar bible melayu demi masa depan cucu kita’ (let’s burn…a Malay-language bible burning festival for our grandchildren’s future) found in the church’s mail box.
Abdul Rahim reminded the public to be wary of religious and cultural sensitivities as they could threaten harmony and public safety.