The red arrow showing damaged done to Lutong, Anglican Church in Miri after being attacked with hard objects believed to be concrete stones.

(Updated) An Anglican church at Lutong, Miri said to be attacked with bricks this morning according to reliable a source from the church and confirmed by Miri police chief.

The Good Shepherd church belong to an Anglican denomination situated near a mosque known as ‘An Naim’ in Lutong windows were smashed with bricks.

They discovered the incidents around 6.05a.m on Sunday morning when preparing for weekly Sunday mass service according Rev. Father Donald Jutie.

Three window panels at the priest and choir room another four panel of windows at the toilet room were shattered after being hit by hard objects – as bricks were found in the rooms,” he told a local daily.

Malay language Utusan Borneo featured the story on it front page on Monday Jan 11, 2010.

“Police is still investigating the incident,” Miri Divisional police chief, ACP Jamaluddin Ibrahim told Utusan Borneo. “We hope the case will not be exaggerated by linking it to what happen in peninsula.”

Commenting on the first church attack in Sarawak following the row on use of ‘Allah’ by non-Muslims, state Minister Datuk Seri James Masing pleaded to Sarawakians not be easily taken by the acts of irresponsible group in peninsula.

The attack also an apparent rebuke to federal Datuk Seri Peter Chin Fah Kui – (who is also from Miri) statement that Sarawakians are sensible people and incidents of church burning would not happening in the state.

“Honestly, I do not think such incidents will happen in Sarawak. We have been living in peace and harmony for a long, long time because Sarawakians are sensible people,” he said.