Association of Churches in Sarawak condemns Christchurch mosques shootings

Ornate church interior. — DayakDaily.com file pic. // Photo: Pixabay

KUCHING, March 17: Association of Churches in Sarawak (ACS) today joined others in Malaysia in condemning the recent terror attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that left 50 people dead and dozens wounded, including several Malaysians.

“As we enter the season of Lent, we noted the tragic shooting and killing of many innocent lives with deep anguish and sadness,”ACS said in a statement today.

The association pointed out that the victims were innocent and defenseless people who were exercising their religious right and duty during Friday prayers at the time of the shooting.

ACS, thus, denounced the senseless attack in the strongest possible terms.

“The right of every human being to equal rights, religious freedom and life is inalienable and regarded as the most fundamental of all human rights under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 1948, which must be upheld and observed by all nations of the world,” it emphasised.

ACS also extended its deepest condolences and sympathies to the families of the deceased victims and pray for the healing and swift recovery of the wounded.

“Lent is a season of reflection and prayer for Christians, and ACS appeals for long-lasting peace, unity and harmony among the people of Malaysia and all countries.

“The messages of hate, animosity and acts of terror must cease and the inalienable rights of all peoples and communities to religious freedom and life must be respected and upheld in the spirit of humanity and brotherhood,” it stressed.

ACS also called on all to use the social media responsibly towards building harmony and peace among all people in Sarawak and Malaysia. — DayakDaily