Church Attendance Falls As RELA Raids Target Sunday Churchgoers
06 June 2010: The number of Chin refugee churchgoers has sharply decreased after a series of recent raids by Malayian authorities targeting Chin Christians attending their worship services on Sunday, Chinland Guardian source revealed.
It is estimated that church attendance is down by about 40 percent in recent weeks as Chin refugees, mainly based in Kuala Lumpur, stop going to church to avoid ‘raids and arrests’ conducted by the Malaysian RELA Corps, Police and Immigration.
“I could clearly see a sharp fall in church attendance these days. Once arrested, some end up in jail while others are detained and released after their documents are checked. More importantly, we are not mentally healthy but tired and worried as we are all the times in fears of the operations that can take place any time,” a Chin refugee churchgoer in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia told Chinland Guardian.
A volunteer teacher of CSO (Chin Student Organisation) said he saw two or three Chins being stopped, searched and questioned by some policemen in a quiet corner today.
Late last month, dozens of Chin refugee churchgoers were arrested on the streets just after the worship service and inside the shops while having lunch on Sunday.
In Kuala Lumpur, a normal church attendance of Chin Christian Fellowship is estimated to be between 600 and 800.
Van Biak Thang