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Selangor MB apologises, but remains a hypocrite

There is a Tamil proverb that says about one who recites the Thevaram (Hindu hyms) but demolishes temples to the Lord Siva.

This is true of Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, who is also deputy president of the pseudo multi-racial PKR.

Azmin went al the way to Sarawak (and rightly) to personally apologise to the archbishop on the Taman Medan Church Cross that was forced to be brought down by religious extremists.

However, in direct contrast, he sanctioned a Malay 'bomoh’, some 50 Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) enforcement officers, Petaling Jaya Land Office personnel and police personnel to step on deities and smash to pieces the Section 17 Mathurai Veeran Hindu temple in the wee hours of 5am on May 13. The video clips on this were handed over to police on May 16.

We are told that there is no or low mileage for the Indian Hindu concerns in this country but one should not be stooping down this low.

We wish to remind Pakatan Rakyat that in the 2008 general election, it had pledged not to demolish Hindu temples. We note that at least the ruling BN government has stopped doing so in Kuala Lumpur - at the present moment.

Following an emergency meeting at the ruined temple site on the night of May 15, a group of 10 temple devotees decided to lodge a police report at the Damansara Utama police station against the said menteri besar, MPPJ, etc, on the temple demolishment.

They also urged Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail to, without fear or favour, institute criminal prosecution against the relevant criminals who had acted in contravention of Section 295 (injuring or defiling a place of worship…); Section 296 (disturbing a religious assembly); Section 298A (causing racial disharmony); and Section 441 (criminal trespass) of the Penal Code vis a vis Article 11 of the Federal Constitution (guaranteeing freedom of religion).

What more, is the very much touted Sedition Act being implemented "fairly" by the Umno government?

Especially so in this case, as it does not involve mere (seditious) words but the hundred times more serious acts of pure crime with impunity!

The devotees, in their police reports, had questioned whether the tiny minority of Indian Hindus, being the soft targets, vulnerable and politically and economically weak, are allowed to be victimised by such "blood-letting".

As if, in this country, "Indians do not matter" and as if civil society standards do not apply to the Indians.

These devotees have resolved to rebuild their temple at the original site and have sought protection from Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak in compliance with the much touted 1Malaysia policy and they have also asked for 24-hour police protection.


P SIVALINGAM is a supreme council member of the Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf).

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