On April 19, a group of 50 Muslim residents from the Taman Medan community protested in front of the shop lot where the house of worship was located and demanded that the cross affixed to the building facade be taken down.
They said the cross was a challenge to Islam and would sway the faith of youth in the area.
Rev Paul Packianathan of the Community of Praise Petaling Jaya Church told The Malaysian Insider that the church leadership has decided that the cross will be put up again.
The Selangor government also clarified that churches do not need permits to hold worship services in shop lots or commercial properties, and that only a notification of their activities to the state’s Council on Non-Islam Affairs, was required.
Rev. Paul also said that there might be chances of another protest if the cross is put back up but the Malaysians just want to live in harmony. “At the same time it is our symbol and nobody can deny us that,” he added.