Will there be a solidarity rally for Christians massacred in Sri Lanka?

S Thayaparan

Modified 24 Apr 2019, 3:13 am

"This motion is a matter of public interest as the incident involves issues between Muslims and those of other religions, which sparked brutal acts of violence."

– Anwar Ibrahim on an emergency motion to debate the Christchurch mosque shooting in New Zealand.

COMMENT | In calling for an emergency debate on the Christchurch massacre, Anwar Ibrahim said: “Parliament must state its stand in being against the terrorist attacks on the Friday prayer congregations at the Al-Noor and Linwood mosques; extend condolences to all victims and their families, as well as record its support for the stern measures undertaken by New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.”

Meanwhile, Harapan’s religious czar Mujahid Yusof Rawa said he would be holding a peace meeting among various religious stakeholders to “give their views on how this country can carry on peacefully and harmoniously.” He also organised a peace rally (which apparently was in the pipeline for years), to strengthen inter-racial relations in this country.

With close to 300 Christians butchered in Sri Lanka on Easter Sunday, will the Pakatan Harapan government hold an emergency debate or organise a rally in solidarity with the families of the Christian victims of Sri Lanka? Will the religious czar hold a “peace” meeting with the relevant stakeholders to discuss how Christians, Jews and other religious minorities are demonised by mainstream Malaysian politics in this country?

Some people think this is a time for forgiveness and reconciliation. But is it, really? The hypocrisy when it comes to responses whenever Christians are vilified in this country is farcical. Mujahid claimed the Christchurch solidarity rally was free from politics, but this is not really true, is it...

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