I am saddened by news of the recent attacks on various churches in Kuala Lumpur. I am sure our morality and collective conscience find such violent act absolutely unacceptable. I am certain upon hearing the news, we deeply regret with remorse the loss of something we all cherish. Let us pray that the violent act had been a rare aberration or deviation. Though vital principle of peace and universal brotherhood had been compromised and put to jeopardy, let us dearly hope and pray that it is still very much the principle and value that guides and binds our lives.
Many of our bloggers had been most active and prolific over The Issue precisely in the hope of never witnessing such sad incidents in our midst. In general we understand and deeply appreciate how sacred and delicate is the religious harmony that binds us all in universal brotherhood. We had been judicious to the best of our ability to render to God what is His, to Caesar accordingly. The beauty of His name and the brilliance of His guiding light is certainly well beyond the law and constitutionality, what more of mundane politics.
In our sadness and deep regret, we shall not quote beautiful verses from our Sacred Books. They would be superfluous, for the gravity of the wrong done is as clear as daylight or the blazing sun. To marshal holy texts and divine verses would perhaps indicate we had not learn anything or much from His guiding light. Let us reject violence and reaffirm our universal brotherhood more as an act of conscience and deep faith, relying less on our religious or scriptural ‘manuals’.
Let us all pray this is not the beginning of a sad chapter in our history. Our religious harmony is something we cannot afford to take for granted. We need to be vigilant, sensitive and wise in handling religious issues as they touch the innermost of our being and existence. Let us not then trade His guiding light for other mundane and trivial considerations.