Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Clarify conflicting statements on setting up church, MCA tells Selangor govt

The Selangor government must clarify the conflicting statements regarding the setting up of churches in commercial premises.

MCA central committee member Ng Chok Sin (pic), who is also the party’s state liaison committee secretary, said it was perplexing that both Petaling Jaya City Hall (MBPJ) and thre exco in charge of Non-Islamic Affairs Elizabeth Wong had made contradictory statements on whether churches needed to apply for consent to set-up worship in such premises.

"The Selangor government must clarify who is lying in this matter - its exco or MBPJ?" Ng asked in a press statement Wednesday.

He said the conflicting statements by the two parties must be clarified to prevent further confusion.

MBPJ had said the church in Taman Medan which was forced to remove the cross from its frontal interface by a mob of 50 people last Sunday, was illegal as it had not applied for nor was issued with a permit to carry out worship activities at the venue.

However, Wong on Tuesday said all churches were allowed to operate in commercial premises without the need to apply for a permit, since 2008.

"It is surprising that such confusion can still take place even though Pakatan Rakyat has been the state government for over six years.

"So the Selangor government must now make it clear who is right; MBPJ or the Selangor executive committee?" added Ng.

He said it was disappointing that such confusion could still arise over a simple matter such as this.

"Both the state government and city hall must clear up the conflicting statements on the Taman Medan church to avoid further confusion," said Ng.

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