Six charged with sedition over cow-head protest

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng
Sep 9, 09
10:02am

Twelve people were today charged for their role in the ‘cow-head’ protest at the Selangor state secretariat on Aug 28.

Of the 12, six were charged under the Sedition Act for allegedly causing racial tensions by displaying and stepping on a cow’s head during the protest.

These six also faced a second charge of illegal assembly with the remaining six.

The first six were charged under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act, or alternatively under Section 298 of the Penal Code.

They were Ibrahim Sabri, 42, Ahmad Mahayuddin Abd Manaf, 36, Eyzva Ezhar Ramly, 35, Mohd Azmir Mohd Zain, 35, Ahmad Suhairy Zakaria, 39 and Mohd Hilmi Ni, 40.

The first two were charged with stepping on the cow’s head, the third for bringing the animal’s head while the remaining three for both bringing and stepping the cow’s head.

They can be punished up to three years jail and/or a fine of up to RM5,000.

They were part of a larger group of people who took part in the protest against the Selangor government’s decision to relocate a 150-year-old temple from Section 19 to their neighbourhood.

The six defendants claimed trial before Sessions judge Hasbi Hassan.

Deputy public prosecutor Mohd Dusuki Mokhtar asked for bail to be set at RM15,000 each while their lawyers Salehuddin Saidin and Afifudin Ahmad Hafifi wanted it reduced to RM500 each.

Justice Haslin then set bail at RM4,000 each with a guarantor. She also fixed Oct 21 to mention the case for trial.

The second charge

Later, these six and six others were charged with illegal assembly under Section 27(5)(a) of the Police Act at the Shah Alam Magistrate’s Court.

All of the claimed trial before magistrate Norkamilah Aziz.

The six who faced sedition trial was granted bail at RM300 each while bail for six others was set at RM500 each.

The case will also be mentioned on Oct 21.

Meanwhile some 20 residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam were at the court to show support for the 12.

“We are not guilty (of taking part in the protest). We are all united on this matter,” a resident told reporters.

The protest, during which two people had carried a cow’s head and uttered provocative remarks – sparked outrage among Malaysians, who called for action be taken.

After the proceedings, the residents said the bail set for the defendants is too high. They said they will launch a donation drive to raise funds.

‘New site acceptable’

In a related development, a representative of the residents said they have accepted the new relocation site – also in Section 23 – for the temple.

The new site was identified by the state government on Monday after fierce protests by the residents.

The new site is believed to be further away from the houses.

The representative also hoped the temple committee will agree to the new site.

“If the matter is solved, then we hope the Indian brothers who lodged police reports against us will withdraw their reports and this case will be dropped,” added the representative.

[Full report to follow]

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Khalid Ibrahim promised to settle issue…

and he is doing it quickly with his team – Rodziah Ismail, Khalid Samad, PKNS Chairman and the Datuk Bandar of Shah Alam…

Published: Monday September 7, 2009 MYT 4:06:00 PM
Updated: Monday September 7, 2009 MYT 4:16:47 PM

New site for Hindu temple in Shah Alam

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government has identified a new, more suitable site for the relocation of the 150-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple in Section 19 here.

A press statement from the state government said that the new site is still in Section 23 but was more strategic and located 100m from the original relocation site and 400m from the residential area.

The state government would discuss the matter with the temple committee and look for an amicable solution acceptable to all parties, the statement said.

It said that the identification of the new site was the result of the efforts of Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, Shah Alam Mayor Mazalan Md Noor and PKNS chairman Othman Omar who checked out suitable sites in Section 18, 19, 20 and 23.

The Star Online

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‘Cow-head’ protesters to face charges
// Sep 7, 09 6:30pm

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail today said that he would be charging those who took part in the ‘cow-head’ protest 10 days ago.

“I have decided to charge those who carried (the cow head) and spoke while stepping on the cow head under Section 4(1) of the Sedition Act, alternatively under Section 298 of the Penal Code,” said Abdul Gani in a statement today.

He added that all the demonstrators will also face another charge under Section 27(5) of the Police Act for illegal assembly. [see below for details of the sections]

He said that the decision was based on the investigation paper submitted by the police to him this afternoon.

“I am satisfied based on the facts and evidence gathered by the police that the demonstrators should be taken to court,” he said.

The investigation paper was the result of a two-week long police investigation into the protest which has put Malaysia on the international stage for the wrong reason after public outcry over the issue.

Abdul Gani however did not state when the charges would be preferred against the demontrators. He also did not reveal the number of people to be charged.

New site identified

On Aug 28, the demonstrators, residents of Shah Alam’s Section 23, marched to the state secretariat to protest the proposed relocation of the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple from nearby Section 19.

They were reportedly unhappy that the 150-year-old temple is to be relocated in the Malay-Muslim majority neighbourhood.

The protest turned sour when several unidentified men came forward with a dismembered cow’s head and placed it in front of the building gates.

Several individuals then proceeded to spit and step upon the animal’s head while uttering threats apparently directed at Selangor executive councillor for health, plantation workers, poverty and caring government Dr Xavier Jayakumar

An attempt by the the state government to hold a dialogue with the residents last Saturday turned rowdly (photo, above) when the residents vehemently objected to the temple being relocated to their neighbourhood.

Following this the state government shelved the plan to relocate the temple but today announced that another site has been found in Section 23 for the relocation.

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When herd mentality ruled the day
Comment by Maria J.Dass


IF anything coherent came out of Saturday’s dialogue – if you can call it that – on the relocation of a Hindu temple from Section 19 to an industrial zone in Section 23 Shah Alam, it is this: that minority rights and peaceful discourse has lost out to mob rule.

Rowdy protestors disrupt the breifing by the panellist at the dialogue with Section 23
residents on the proposed relocation of a temple to the area. The proposal has since been
shelved due to the ‘strong’ protest.

The dialogue was meant for residents of Section 23 but in the end, it was hijacked by a mob determined to disrupt the proceedings.

The 50-odd protesters — made up of residents and non-residents — threatened to throw shoes and a chair at the state representatives which included Mentri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Shah Alam MP Khalid Abdul Samad and Batu Tiga assemblyman Rodziah Ismail.

Amid the boos, insults and threats, the Selangor state reps sat through the whole two-hour session held at the banquet hall of the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and tried to deal with the hotheads.

This was especially evident when a resident expressed her fears that crime rate would rise if the temple was built in Section 23. In reply, Khalid Abdul Samad countered that this was precisely why a temple was needed so that Indian youth and children could have a place to congregate and where strong religious and moral values could be inculcated.

But his effort seemed futile as the rowdies were intent on disrupting the proceedings even before they stepped into the hall. It is also noted that police were conspicuously absent from the meeting, which at times threatened to turn ugly.

Rowdy protestors disrupt the breifing by the panellist at the dialogue with Section 23
residents on the proposed relocation of a temple to the area. The proposal has since been
shelved due to the ‘strong’ protest.

Social planning gone wrong

These loud protests over the temple relocation, however, fail to take into account the larger issue here — that it is a direct consequence of social engineering with poor planning on the part of the Selangor State Development Corporation or PKNS and the Shah Alam local authorities.

Just 50 years ago, large tracts of what is now Shah Alam were plantations. In the late 60s, PKNS started buying land from the Sungai Renggam estate, with a plan to build a township where 60-80% of the residents would be Malays.

As the area developed, many of the temples, some of which were more than a century old, ended up being surrounded by housing estates.

This is what happened to the 150-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Section 19. Originally built in a sparsely populated plantation, it slowly found itself surrounded by houses. But the Section 19 house buyers claim the temple was not in the brochure when the housing project was launched, and as such want the temple to be relocated.

Similarly, Section 23 residents are using the same argument — that they would not have bought their property if they knew a temple would be located nearby.

Another key point in the issue is the relocation of a temple to a Muslim-majority area. But where one can find a non-Muslim majority area in Shah Alam?

Nowhere to go?

With nowhere else to go, the only alternative open to the state government is to relocate the temples to industrial areas within the city. But this too is no easy task as it requires that all parties — the temple committee, the MBSA, PKNS and the state government — come to an agreement.

The temple committees are understandably unhappy as sites offered are isolated and not accessible by any form of transportation. Such was the case with the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple committee, which objected to a site in a remote area in Section 22.

Now it is back to the drawing board for those involved to fix a problem which resulted from a lack of foresight by past administrators.

Saturday’s dialogue ended with the mentri besar shelving the proposal to relocate the temple to Section 23. He has also said he will meet with the Hindu community to find a solution.

At the end of the meeting, some residents from both sides of the divide shook hands with each other as they said goodbye, but the underlying tension was evident.

If anything, the encounter has forced some Hindu residents of Section 23 to take a hard look at their neighbours.

One woman said: “We have been close to our neighbours all this while and have looked out for each other, but this incident has shown how our neighbours view us and where we stand.”

KEPURA-PURAAN 1MALAYSIA

Kenyataan Media

Ketua Wanita KEADILAN                                                                              7 September 2009

Kepura-puraan 1Malaysia

Seperti yang dijangkakan, media arusperdana Malaysia akan mengungkapkan pemikiran dan laporan yang dangkal serta berat sebelah, penuh dengan diskriminasi terhadap Kerajaan Negeri Selangor mengenai dialog anjuran Kerajaan Negeri Selangor bersama penduduk Seksyen 23, Shah Alam mengenai isu cadangan perpindahan kuil dari Seksyen 19 ke Sekyen 23, Shah Alam (Opposition “tasting own medicine” oleh Alina Simon, M.Hamzah Jamaluddin dan TN Alagesh, NST 7/09/09, http://www.nst.com.my/Current_News/NST/articles/20090907073422/Article/index_html)

Bagi mereka yang berpemikiran waras, jelas bahawa gelagat dan keceluparan yang dipamerkan oleh segelintir penduduk bukan budaya dari Pakatan Rakyat yang baru memerintah belum sampai dua tahun.(sila lihat video: https://wanitakeadilan.wordpress.com/2009/09/06/2558/)

Pendidikan rakyat adalah tanggungjawab kerajaan yang meletakkan dasar dan pengoperasian serta amalan pemimpin yang dicontohkan kepada rakyat.   Umno-BN telah gagal mendidik sebahagian Melayu sehingga menjadi Mat dan Minah pengacau dan pengganggu ketenteraman.   Sepanjang pemerhatian rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat tidak pernah menganjur aksi memalukan yang sebegitu rupa.   Ia melewati batas hak-asasi manusia untuk bersuara dengan aman.   Seluruh dunia diperlihatkan betapa sebahagian Melayu telah bersikap kekontangan nilai, adab dan tamadun – serta membawa imej pembuat kacau, penyangak dan buli dalam satu sesi dialog yang bertujuan untuk memberi peluang setiap pihak mengemukakan pandangan dan cadangan secara beradab, sopan dan dalam keadaan tenteram.

Kenyataan PM, Najib Razak sesungguhnya telah meletakkan diri beliau setaraf dengan penyangak, pembuat kacau dan buli yang beraksi amat menjengkelkan yang menjadi contoh amat buruk bagi sekelian rakyat Malaysia, khususnya generasi muda dan anak-anak.

Apakah Najib Razak akan membiarkan segolongan rakyat yang ganas perlakuannya dibiarkan tanpa sedecit muhasabah terhadap perlakuan mereka yang jelas salah dan sama sekali memalukan?

Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim adalah merupakan individu paling bijaksana di akhir sesi dialog tersebut.   Beliau telah sedayanya memberi peluang semua yang ingin menyuarakan pendapat dan mengatasi segala rintangan serta memberikan keputusan yang adil kepada semua pihak.

Bezanya Kerajaan Pakatan Rakyat dengan Umno-BN ialah mengundang isu di tangani secara komited dan tidak membiarkan masalah didiamkan dan berlarutan berdekad-dekad.   Pakatan Rakyat akan sentiasa melakukan amanah mereka dengan bersungguh-sungguh tanpa menghiraukan sebarang intimidasi dari golongan penyangak yang menjahanamkan kebaikan di mana-mana saja dan memecah-belahkan hubungan sesama manusia.  Keseluruhan masalah yang dikendalikan oleh Kerajaan Selangor Pakatan Rakyat adalah warisan dari Kerajaan Umno-BN dan agensi mereka yang telah melakukan berbagai kepincangan dalam pentadbiran dahulu, termasuk mengenai kuil Seksyen 19 yang telah menjadi isu.

1Malaysia Najib Razak merupakan kepura-puraan yang tidak dapat disangkal lagi dengan kenyataan beliau yang sempit itu.

Wanita KEADILAN menuntut Najib Razak sebagai Perdana Menteri Malaysia untuk berpemikiran lebih sihat dan memberi pertimbangan yang lebih saksama terhadap semua isu yang disentuh pada setiap masa dan keadaan.

Zuraida Kamaruddin
Ketua Wanita KEADILAN

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Rozaini binti Mohd Rosli, tel.: 0192676879, email: rozainiebbm@yahoo.com

Pakatan Rakyat an exciting alternative…

Jui Meng finds things very different in opposition

Chua feels free… Speaking during the Permatang Pasir campaign. – Picture by Jack Ooi

IPOH, Sept 6 — After decades of politics MCA-style, the experience of just over a month of fiery Opposition politics has been nothing short of a major culture shock for former party stalwart Datuk Chua Jui Meng.

For once, he is finding his oratory skills can be put to good use and people actually listen to him in rapt attention during ceramahs.

Those who turn up also do not seem to expect free handouts like transportation, food, money or goodie bags.

In fact, many appear willing to travel some distance to attend such rallies.

This was evident during the ceramah at the Tow Boo Keong hall here on Saturday night where more than 1,000 supporters gathered to listen to a star-studded line-up of speakers, which included Chua himself, Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, PKR vice-president R. Sivarasa and Parti Keadilan Rakyat strategic director Tian Chua.

In his speech, Chua, who not too long ago had adamantly said he would never leave the MCA for PKR, said such a sight was enough to convince him he had indeed made the right move to leave.

“I woke up on Merdeka morning and told my wife who was lying down beside me — I feel good and so young today — and I knew what made me feel that way.

“When I joined the PKR, it was after a long struggle for me. It was not easy to leave and join a new pathway.

“But after that decision, I suddenly began to feel…like how you felt when you voted for the Opposition… I felt free,” he said, to thunderous applause.

The former MCA man claimed he had never before experienced such “heart-warming” and overwhelming response for any political function in his political career until the day he joined PKR.

“I was in Permatang Pasir, helping with the by-elections and it was so amazing, so overwhelming to see the crowd come together.

“It is so heart-warming to see people of different races actually sitting together and working together and getting along — and they all want change,” he said in a press conference after the function.

His eyes lit up when reporters asked if he would be instrumental in the coming by-election for the Bagan Pinang state seat in Negeri Sembilan.

“Yes, yes, I will be there to contribute. Definitely,” he firmly said.

In fact, Chua is also confident that more would follow in his footsteps and leave the MCA to join a Pakatan Rakyat component party.

During the function earlier, a total of 600 applications for PKR memberships, signed by Barisan Nasional members, were handed over to Anwar.

Of the lot, at least 400 were from MCA, and officials claimed they comprised a former elected representative, a former division deputy chairman, scores of central delegates, divisional party post holders and members.

“It is no surprise that so many would join us from MCA. We expect that this wave is only just the beginning,” said Chua.

He added that the crossovers only mirrored the fact the party members were finally waking up to see that MCA was only a space-filler in the Barisan Nasional structure.

“We are only there to say yes and to take up some spots in the Cabinet and in the Government.

“MCA does not rule the nation. In the end, it is Umno that leads Malaysia, under the name of the BN,” he said.

Chua said that MCA could probably stand a better chance of survival if it abandoned the coalition and stood on its own.

During the function, Umno strongman Datuk Dr Abdul Malek Md Hanafiah, who is a former Perak state executive councillor, former Kamunting assemblyman and former Taiping Umno division chairman, was also seen confidently strolling into the temple hall shortly after Anwar’s arrival, to loud applause from the people.

Anwar however said that Abdul Malek was “yet to make any crossover announcement.”

Aksi, Lisan & Rupa Bullies at Work (updated)


Scenes at the Dialogue with citizens of Section 23 in Shah Alam 5th September 2009.

SIKAP BIADAP UMNO JELAS TERPAPAR UNTUK SEMUA.

Umno Seksyen 23 Shah Alam buat kecoh dimajlis dialog bersama penduduk mengenai isu pemindahan kuil ke Seksyen 23.

Sabtu 5hb.Sept,09– Kehadiran Umno Taman Seksyen 23 ke majlis dialog pada hari ini adalah untuk satu tujuan yang jelas, iaitu untuk membuat kecoh. Mereka telah memulakan rancangan mereka sejak sebelum majlis tersebut bermula.

Pada lebih kurang pukul 10 pukul pagi tiba-tiba beberapa orang Umno membuat bising dipintu depan Dewan banquet MBSA. Mereka memarahi anggota penguatkuasa MBSA kerana kononnya menghalang seorang penduduk cina dan isterinya masuk. Orang –orang tesebut memaki hamun pengkuatkuasa MBSA. Saya terpaksa mencelah menredakan keadaan. Saya memberitahunya bahawa kita tidak mengahalang penghui rumah membawa anak isteri mereka dan kita hanya hendak pastikan bahawa semua yang hadir untuk sesi dialog ini adalah penduduk Seksyen 23 sahaja. Setelah tiada isu lagi yang boleh dikecohkan lagi, kumpulan itu pun masuk ke dewan .

Sekali lagi kumpulan tersebut menjerit dan memaki apabila Menteri Besar, YB Khalid Samad , YB Rodziah dan delegasi Datuk Bandar masuk kedalam dewan. Pihak pengutakuasa terpaksa mengawal keadaan. Kumpulan itu juga menyerang dan mengasari seorang pembantu wanita YB Khalid Samad apabila beliau tengah mengambil gambar. Wanita tersebut terpaksa dibawa ke bilik VIP untuk mengelakkan kumpulan itu dari terus mengejarnya.

Kesemua tindakan dan perbuatan biadap UMNO ini direkodkan sepenuhnya oleh lebih 20 wakil media akhbar , TV and penulis –penulis blog .

Majlis yang reda seketika semasa bacaan doa, mula kecoh lagi semasa pembentangan Datuk Bandar Shah Alam Mazalan Md Noor. Kumpulan pengacau tersebut tidak enggan mendengar penjelasan isu tersebut dan beberapa kali menjerit agar beliau hanya menyatakan samada pembinaan kuil akan diteruskan atau tidak.

Mereka ini merebut mikrofon walaupun sesi dialog belum bermula dan memaki hamun semua kepimpinan negeri yang berada didepan. Antara kata-kata yang telah dikeluarkan ialah “ MB Bodoh , “Khalid Samad sekongkol dengan kuil”,” Rodziah pelacur “, “Rodziah saya akan rogol you sekarang ! “ dan banyak kata –kata kesat lagi .

Ada juga beberapa yang telah mengangkat kasut dan kerusi untuk dibaling ke arah MB dan Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN. Penguatkuasa terpaksa membuat benteng dihadapan untuk menghalang kumpulan ini daripada menyerbu Khalid Samad dan MB . Beberapa kali timbul pergaduhahan yang terpaksa diredakan keadaannya.

Wakil penduduk Hindu yang ingin bercakap juga di jerit dan dikacau oleh mereka. Pada suatu ketika orang UMNO ini menyerbu kedepan untuk menumbuk wakil penduduk Hindu ini daripada bercakap . Penguatkuasa terpaksa meleraikan mereka.

Dialog ini berakhir dengan saranan Menteri Besar bahawa, beliau ingin semua penduduk yang terlibat agar jangan membincangkan isu ini lagi. MB memberitahu bahawa Kerajaan Negeri akan mendengar pandangan jawatankuasa kuil sebelum membuat keputusan. Sehingga itu semua pihak tidak harus membangkitkan isu ini dan membiarkan Kerajaan Negeri meneliti untuk membuat keputusan muktamad.

RUANG DEMOKRASI DISALAHGUNAKAN !

Sesi dialog yang berupa ‘town hall meeting’ bersama penduduk hari ini disalahgunakan demi kepentingan politik UMNO. Kerajaan Negeri telah sudi mengadakan mesyuarat seumpama ini tetapi ianya pula memberikan platform untuk UMNO bersikap biadap. Segala tindakan memaki dan perbuatan biadap UMNO Seksyen 23 akan diperhatikan oleh seluruh rakyat Malaysia dan seluruh dunia nanti.

PIHAK POLIS BERSEKONGKOL !

Sekali lagi, sejak protes dan perarakan kepala lembu tersebut, pihak polis gagal menjaga keselamatan rakyat. Kegagalan pertama ialah apabila penghasut dan penganjur protes kepala lembu masih gagal ditahan dan dikenakan tindakan undang-undang. Yang hadir pada sesi dialog hari ini juga adalah orang –orang yang sama . Oleh kerana mereka masih bebas, dan seolah-olah ‘di atas’ undang-undang, maka ianya mengakibatkan kejadian kecoh hari ini.

Polis bertanggungjawab untuk kekecohan dan pemakian dan hasutan yang berlaku dalam sesi dialog hari ini. Ini adalah kali yang kedua dan polis terus membenarkan penghasut berbuat demikian .

Bersekongkolan polis juga terbukti apabila pihak polis gagal hadir dalam sesi dialog ini .Pada mesyuarat persiapan pada hari Khamis yang lalu semua ahli Majlis dn Datuk Bandar telah meminta kehadiran pihak polis dalam sesi dialog ini demi mengawal keadaan. Tetapi malangnya seorang pun pihak polis beruniform tidak hadir. Saya diberitahu ada 2tau 3orang SB sahaja yang hadir untuk menyaksikan kekecohan ini.

MAJORITY BELUM BERSUARA.

Jumlah penduduk Seksyen 23 yang sebenarnya ialah 323 rumah . Daripada jumlah ini 48 adalah keluarga India dan 28 adalah rumah orang Cina. Selebihnya ialah orang Melayu. Hujah bahawa kuil tidak boleh dibina dikawasan majority Melayu tidak relevan. Ini adalah kerana dalam semua projek pembangunan PKNS, adalah disyaratkan bahawa lebih 60% pembeli nya haruslah orang Melayu . Maka secara pratiknya tidak akan wujud kawasan majority Melayu di kawasan Tengah Shah Alam, iaitu Seksyen 1-24. Adakah ini bermaksud kaum lain akan dianiyayai dan ditindas hak mereka untuk beribadat ?

Justeru itu, hujah majority Melayu tidak sepatutnya wujud. Pemindahan kuil ke Seksyen 23 bukan sahaja untuk 48 keluarga yang menduduki Seksyen 23 tetapi juga kepada 2000 lebih penduduk India di kawasan Seksyen 19, 20 , 21 dan 23 keseluruhannya.

Tetapi yang hadir pada sesi dialog pada hari ini ialah sekumpulan penduduk ahli UMNO dan pro BN seramai lebih kurang 40 orang. Mereka telah hadir bersama naik bas, dengan tujuan utama untuk menimbulkan kekecohan .

Malangnya suara majority orang Melayu Seksyen 23 belum kedengaran lagi. ‘Silent majority’ ini sebenarnya tidak membantah pembinaan kuil kerana ianya langsung tidak menjejaskan keharmonian dan kesejahteraan mereka. Isu perkauman hanya dipermainkan oleh segolongan yang beragenda politik.

CABARAN KEPADA KERAJAAN NEGERI PR

Kini cabaran besar yang terletak pada Kerajaan Negeri untuk membuat keputusan yang wajar. Adakah sesi dialog yang kecoh hari ini dengan bantahan dan laungan biadap beberapa penduduk memberikan suatu gambaran hasrat sebenar penduduk Seksyen 23?

Selain daripada kata-kata kesat dan memaki hamun kepimpinan negeri , adakah mereka ini mempertengahkan hujah –hujah rasional kenapa kuil Hindu tidak boleh dibina ditapak tersebut di Seksyen 23 ?  Kalau tiada hujah rasional, apakah yang perlu dipertimbangkan ?

Jika Kerajaan Negeri ingin menawarkan suatu tapak alternative selain dari Seksyen 23, demi mengambil kira bantahan penduduk hari ini, pada pandangan saya ianya akan merupakan kekalahan politik bagi PR .

Jelas bantahan tersebut adalah agenda politik UMNO , maka jika kuil tidak dibina di Seksyen 23 sepertimana yang dicadangkan, maka ianya akan bererti bahawa Kerajaan PR walaupun berkuasa di Selangor telah mengalah kepada samseng UMNO . Adakah PR sedia menerima hakikat ini ?

PSM merasakan bahawa, rakyat dan ‘silent majority’ perlu bersuara. Hasrat rakyat pelbagai kaum untuk hidup harmoni harus diketengahkan . Sikap hasutan perkauman dan perangai biadap mereka harus dikecam sekeras-kerasnya. Rakyat Selangor telah bersuara secara jelas memilih Pakatan Rakyat untuk memerintah Selangor . Polisi dan tindakan UMNO Barisan Nasional yang memperjuangkan ketuanan Melayu dan mempermainkan perkauman telah pun ditolak oleh rakyat Selangor pada 8hb .Mac, 2008 yang lalu .

Justeru, rakyat perlu bangkit membantah dan melindungi hak demokrasi dan hak samarata semua rakyat. Tugas kuasa rakyat amat diperlukan pada ketika ini . Rakyat berbilang kaum harus digembeling untuk menyuarakan bantahan terhadap politik perkauman ini . Ini bukan sahaja isu diantara penduduk Melayu Muslim dan hak penduduk Hindu tetapi ia juga akan memberikan tamparan hebat kepada penganut Kristian , Buddist, Taosim dan Sikh. Hak beribadat adalah samarata dan harus dihormati. Jika hak penduduk Hindu Seksyen 23 dirampas, itu juga akan bermaksud, penganut agama Kristian , Buddist , Taoist , Sikh dan lain akan mengalami juga nasib yang sama.

Hapuskan perkauman, hapuskan politk keji UMNO Barisan Nasional, bangkitkan kuasa rakyat benteras politik perkauman.

Sivarajan

Ahli Majlis MBSA ,PSM .