Obviously under pressures from public and heavy criticisms of his defending the cow head protest, Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein had issued a statement two days ago saying that he wanted those who brought the cow head charged in court.
Though he has now said the right thing, it is baffling to me how he could have defended and justified what is indefensible.
In this regard, former Selangor Khir Toyo and Deputy Minister Datuk Mukriz Tun Mahathir must apologise for defending the demonstration .
A report says that Khir has defended the protest, saying no offence was meant , and that the protestors wanted to compare what he said was the stupidity of the animal to the Pakatan Rakyat state government.
I have been given to understand by some Chinese friends that sometimes they do use the term "ben zhu" ( silly pig) to describe a silly person. If a pig head protest is carried out by some people against the building of a mosque by Barisan Nasional government, will Khir accept their argument that the pig head is only meant to symbolise the stupidity of some BN leaders?
It is shocking that Mukriz has not only supported Hishammuddin's earlier defence of the demonstration but has also said that charging the protestors will only cause more public unrest.
What message will the government send to the protestors and the people if those who have committed act of sacrilege against a religion are not charged? The protestors have not only hurt the feelings of the Hindus, they have also threatened bloodshed. Can they be let off?
Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin has realised his "mistake" and has assured Malaysians that those responsible for bringing the cow head to the protest be charged in court. Khir and Mukriz should know they must never defend the indefensible. Both of them must retract what they said and apologise for their mistakes.They should publicly support Hishammuddin's position that the culprits be charged in court.