Yesterday's incident whereby some 50 residents unhappy with the relocation of the Sri Mariaamman temple from Section 19 to Section 23 of Shah Alam had paraded a severed cow's head must be strongly condemned by all right thinking Malaysians.
We live a in a multi racial and multi religious country and yet there could be such an unacceptable, disgraceful and insensitive incident of religious insult.
Everyone knows that the cow is a sacred animal of the Hindu community. By parading, spitting and stomping on the cow's head, the protesters committed dangerous acts which could incite racial anger and religious hatred in the country.
But what was shocking is that the Police did not immediately stop the protesters from parading the cow's head when they had marched some 300 m from the state mosque to the Selangor state secretariat building. Neither did the police arrest any one for such provocative and dangerous behavior. And the protestors had threatened bloodshed too.
Selangor police chief Khalid Abu Bakar had later said " if police report is lodged, we will definitely take the necessary action".
This is ridiculous and unacceptable. Khalid must explain why there was no immediate action by the police and why a police report is still needed after the incident for the police to take action.
I don't see how the police can justify its failure to take immediate action against the protesters. There is really no excuse for police inaction.
Nevertheless I welcome the Prime Minister's directive to the Inspector General of Police to take swift action against the protestors.
I also welcome the statement by Umno Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin . Khairy has rightly condemned the "cow head protest" and he is right when he asked the protestors" how would you feel if the proposal to build a mosque in a non - Muslim area--which is already happening-- leads a group of non Muslims to burn and stomp on the Quran ? ";
However, what is more important is that the BN Federal Government should publicly declare that it supports the temple relocation as the site chosen is a suitable one.