Saturday, August 22, 2009

MIC, what is your stand?

I wish to commend the Selangor Mentri Besar's clear stand in facing the threat made by some local residents and UMNO on the relocation of the Sri Mariaamman temple from Section 19 to section 23 in Shah Alam.

Section 23 Association Action Committee deputy president Ibrahim Sabri was quoted in a media report that there would be a massive protest if their concerns were not addressed. An Utusan Malaysia report has reported that the Section 23 residents had protested that the proposed site is not appropriate to build a temple in a Muslim majority neighbourhood.

Selangor UMNO state deputy chief Datuk Noh Omar has said that filing an injunction is necessary to protect the interest and sensitivities of the Muslim majority in Section 23.

It is comforting to know that the Selangor Mentri Besar,Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim is not bowing to the pressures.

We live in a multi racial and multi religious society and mutual respect for each other is of utmost importance . Malaysians must always be sensitive to each other's feelings an sensitivity.The residents' therefore have the right to object and protest but the ground for doing so must be reasonable , fair and justified.

Pakatan Rakyat ( PR ) Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad has explained that the most practical and strategic location for the temple is in Section 23, where it will be 200m from the nearest house and 200 m from a surau.

Datuk Noh Omar must therefore explain how the building of a temple on such a suitable site will cause "disharmony" among the residents.I dare say that the temple relocation itself will not and cannot cause racial disharmony. Racial disharmony can only be created due to policitical manipulation by irresponsible people.

Khalid Samad's statement that" the state government has to be reasonable to every ethnic group and that the relocation is based on this policy " shows not only his sense of courage and fairness, it also proves the fair policy of the PR state government.

Since the Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Razak has promoted so much about the 1 Malaysia concept with justice for all as its basic principle, Pakatan Rakyat's policy of being reasonable to every ethnic should be adopted by him. If his 1 Malaysia concept truly means justice for all, Najib who is also the Selangor UMNO state chief, should advise Noh Omar to support the PR 's decision to relocate the Hindu temple to Section 23 .

In this regard, I wish to challenge MIC to publicly state its stand on the temple relocation issue.Why are MIC leaders keeping their silence on this issue? It is time that MIC leaders, especially its Minister Datuk Subramaniam , must break their silence .

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