Published: Sunday January 27, 2013 MYT 12:02:00 PM
Updated: Sunday January 27, 2013 MYT 4:16:18 PM
No show at Bible-burning fair in Butterworth
By ROYCE TAN and YUEN MEIKENG
BUTTERWORTH: Nobody turned up for the purported 'Bahasa Melayu Bible-burning fair' that was to be held in front of Dewan Ahmad Badawi municipality field in Jalan Bagan Luar here Sunday.
The 'festival' was scheduled to be held at 10am but the vicinity remained empty until 11am.
Policemen were on standby at the hall and a helicopter was seen patrolling the area.
Penang police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Abdul Rahim Hanafi warned the public on Thursday not to participate in the event which was meant to jeopardise the national harmony.
He added that stern action would be taken against those involved.
Meanwhile, in KUALA LUMPUR about 40 people gathered at the KLCC park to read various religious and philosophy books in a peaceful demonstration against the Bible burning event.
The gathering, which began at 10am, saw people of various faiths, reading books on Buddhism, Christianity and Islam.
Some also brought the Al Kitab, the Bahasa Malaysia version of the Bible.
Event organiser Masjaliza Hamzah said the event was a success and regarded it as a non-violent response to the idea to burn Bibles.
She said there were various ways of dealing with what sounded to be a violent call.