The police must act swiftly on the incident whereby a piece of meat, which is believed to be pork, was flung into the compound of the Cherok Tok Kun Atas mosque in Machang Bubuk, Penang.
Meanwhile, I urge all quarters to remain calm and rational especially when commenting on the incident. The Pakatan-led Penang government and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng should not jump the gun and come out with his conspiracy theory that it was the deed of those who wanted to topple the Pakatan State Government.
Recent incidents including the lobbing of a Molotov cocktail into the compound of the Church of the Assumption in Lebuh Farquhar are not only challenging the sensitivities of religion but also the wisdom and patience of the people.
I am glad that Malaysians are calm enough and not to be manipulated by these unscrupulous culprits who aim to jeopardise the religious and racial harmony in Malaysia.
The practice of mutual respect and religious harmony by the people has given us over 50 years of peace and harmony and that the country is able to develop in a stable environment towards the global arena. We are also named as a role model by other nations because of our unique ability to live harmoniously despite having different religions and races.
Unfortunately, our unique ability is currently undergoing a serious challenge. This only happened in the recent years due to the intense power struggle between the ruling party and opposition.
Irresponsible quarters have exploited religious and racial sensitivity to achieve their political agenda by making seditious remarks because they understand well that it is never easy to resolve a religious or a racial conflict.
It takes two to tango
Penang MCA condemns such a cowardly act and also urges the Penang State Government to not simplify the issue by concluding it as a plan to topple the Pakatan-led Government because it takes two to tango.
As a responsible government and politicians, both sides should stop politicising every issue and sit together to review the cause of the incidents. Politicians should prevent the use of intense and seditious words. Their choice of words should be gentle and rational.
I suggest that the Federal Government should also look into the incident and act against the real culprits to restore social harmony. The government should also act as a mediator to hold dialogues frequently for religious and racial groups in promoting better mutual understanding and improving racial ties.