Looks like this issue shone some light on itself and brought with it a load of problems.
As early as January 4, netizens have been sharing photos of a block of condominium in Jelutong, Penang showing the building lit up at night with lights resembling a holy crucifix.
Some netizens express their uneasiness of the sight, with some labelling that it is “probably the largest cross in the world”. Others even point out it is the developer’s deliberate effort since the building is called Grace Residence, which they connect the name to “Amazing Grace” − a famous Christian hymn.
According to news reports yesterday (Jan 12), the Penang government is waiting for the developer to provide a necessary explanation over the light exhibition.
NST reported that Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow is looking forward to a report by State Secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus in regards to the matter.
“I believe this project has yet to be completed and no certificate of completion and compliance (CCC) had been issued.
“The contractor may be in the process of testing out the facilities, including the lighting. We are awaiting an explanation from them why the lights appeared in the form of a cross, since this is supposed to be residential units,” said the state Chief Minister.
Chow urged the people to promote tolerance and described the project as a part of the “built environment” in the country, Malay Mail reported.
“Build environment” Chow meant refers to human-made surroundings that provide the setting for human activity, ranging in scale from buildings to parks. He said the people should appreciate it and look after the sensitivity of all.
“I think the cross sign has no intention in hurting anyone’s feelings,” he added.
The issue was brought up by Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Dr Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor (photo) the day before as the Islamic scholar demanded the state government and city council to explain the giant cross in Penang skyline.
He said the matter can be solved amicably if all parties were willing to be tolerant with each other, adding that the people should be mindful of their acts to safeguard the harmony of Malaysia’s multiracial society.
Umno supreme council member Datuk Seri Reezal Merican Naina Merican concurred and urged the state government to take the mufti’s advice.
“The state authority has the power to make right what is wrong, whether done deliberately or otherwise.
“This is not an issue of non-tolerance by certain quarters but what is happening is an eyesore and can cause restlessness. As such, immediate action should be taken,” said the Umno member.
According to pictures of the project that netizens compiled, one poster showed a tagline “Grace, shine bright… (illegible) HOPE”. A photo of the 44-floor building plan illustrated an easily discernible cross sign as the “t-shaped” spaces are the only ones left empty.
More photos next page.