MP Kapar, Selangor
Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam has threatened to quit as the Selangor Parti Keadilan Rakyat liaison committee deputy chairman if no action is taken against council officers involved in a Hindu temple demolition exercise in Ampang recently.
Manickavasagam, who is also a PKR supreme council member, said he might even quit the party if he was not satisfied with action taken by the state government.
The 19-year-old Sri Mahakaliaman temple near Kampung Tasek Tambahan in Selangor was built on forest reserve land. It was destroyed and rebuilt several times between 2002and 2007.
Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam should not resort to blackmailing the Selangor Government nor intimidating the PKR on this issue. As MP under PKR, S. Manickavasagam is a member of the ruling political party governing the state of Selangor.
While we acknowledge that the MPAJ should be taken to task for its action without adequate prior consultation with proper authorities, especially given the sensitivity of the demolishment of Hindu temple issues in recent months, it is also unbecoming of S.Manickavasagam to threaten resignation.
It is a bully tactic and pure blackmail aimed at destabilising his own party governing the state of Selangor .
The fact remains the demolished temple was built on forest reserve land.
As we have said before (read here), the action of S. Manickavasagam further confirms the widely held view that the weakest link in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition of PR, DAP and PAS are some of the Malaysian Indian politicians elected into Parliament and into the State Assemblies. They are becoming almost unreliable representatives and questionable pillars of support for the Pakatan Rakyat to govern.
And this is NOT the first time a Malaysian Indian politician had resorted to blackmailing and intimidating the Opposition Government on Indian community issues. The first was the DAP State Assemblyman for Buntong, A. Sivasubramaniam. (Read here for more and here)
If the game plan of the Malaysian Indian MPs and State Assemblymen is to intimidate and blackmail their party after having won an election on PR ticket each time they are unhappy with community issues, they might as well go back and join the MIC to be with the likes of Samy Velu.
The action of MP Kapar, S. Manickavasagam is bad politics for the Pakatan Rakyat which is still trying to iron out teething problems after only being in Government for about 6 months.
If the current behaviour of such politicans is to continue, their suitability as candidates for the PR in the next election should be reviewed. Power has suddenly gone into their heads.
Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam's blackmailing tactic is regrettable and uncalled-for.
His performance from now on as a member of PKR and as MP for the Pakatan Rakyat Coalition will need to be closely monitored.
- Malaysian Unplug
It was ordered to be destroyed by the deputy president Ampang Jaya Municipal Council president Hamid Hussain about two weeks ago.
Accoding to State Local Government, Research and Study committee chairman Ronnie Liu, the council president, Datuk Mohammad Yacob , was on leave and Hamid Hussain, as the deputy, had reportedly decided on the demolishment.
Hamid Hussain has been suspended for a week pending investigations.
Liu said a state three-man committee on non-Muslim religious affairs comprising Teresa Kok, Dr Xavier Jayakumar and himself has begun their investigations into the temple demolition.
“We are expecting the investigation results by Monday and we will look into the next course of action after that,” he said when contacted yesterday.
Liu said the state government hoped not to see any new places of worship coming up on land designated as forest and river reserves.
He said the people should understand that these reserves should NOT be occupied for other than the intended use.
Kapar MP S. Manickavasagam threatened to quit as the Selangor PKR liaison committee deputy chairman if no action is taken against council officers involved in a Hindu temple demolition exercise in Ampang recently. Manickavasagam, who is also a PKR supreme council member, said he might even quit the party if he was not satisfied with action taken by the state government.
He said action should be taken against the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president, its en-forcement chief and other officers involved as the matter was not referred to the state government before the temple was demolished. “The council president also did not inform the two Indian representatives in the council’s board of the action. I have recently learnt that MPAJ sent notices of demolition to 10 other temples in the municipality. "
Selangor Health, Estate Workers and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr A. Xavier Jayakumar said the temple committee should also take responsibility as they did not apply for permission from the state government to build the temple.
" MPAJ is conducting an internal probe as the demolition took place without the knowledge of the state exco or MPAJ president, who was in Mecca when it happened,” he told reporters when he visited the temple on Sunday.
“The mistake is on both sides. The demolition without prior notice from the state government and the building of temple without the state’s approval,” he said.
Temple committee chairman S. Murugiah said they did not receive any notice for the demolition.
About 100 MIC members demonstrated here to protest the demolition of a Hindu temple by the Ampang Jaya Municipal council recently. The crowd, which included Indian NGOs, protested at the main gate of the Selangor secretariat building yesterday morning.
Organiser T. Mohan, who is MIC Youth chief, said the PKR government had lied to the people that they would not tear down any places of worship.
Asked why the MIC did not solve the issue then, Mohan said the party had taken action and that was why the temple was rebuilt.
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- YB S Manikavasagam is in no position to represent all Malaysian let alone the Indian community. He is nobody outside his constituency and should not regard himself that highly. That’s the first step to political arrogance.
It is short of political gangsterism which we are all trying to do away with. He also should not consider that he is the only one concerned about this issue of demolishing of shrines, temples or other places worship.
We can’t have political representative threatening to resign and express their aggressiveness every time there is an issue of sensitive nature. He should know that he will only be fanning emotions that can get out of hand in a delicate social structure as ours.
Moreover at this delicate political climate, he will only be playing into the hands of the BN who are desperately trying to instigate unrest.
Yes diplomacy must prevail and YB S Manikavasagam should have expressed this professionally and not “gangho” reaction as he did. It only shows how immature he really is as a politician. Worse still trying to justify his action through this article.
The mistake the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council Deputy President Hamid Hussain did was to go against the directive of the State Government. Yes he might have thought that since the shrine is not registered and therefore illegal decides on his own to demolish it. Perhaps there are influences involved for him to take that decision, maybe not. That is for the PR Government to investigate and take the appropriate action it deems fit but whatever the decision, it must be fair and just and not to just satisfy a particular community.
Yes, Hamid is dead wrong for going against the State Government’s directive and he should be reprimanded for that. He should have realized that illegal or not the issue is sensitive and that he should have sought the State Government’s approval and not act unilaterally.
Equally at fault are a few Indians who feel there is a “spirit” residing in a tree or a rock and decide to build a shrine, just like that. Anywhere, any place, any time and everybody must respect that right. This is not Hinduism. Oh yeah, the Chinese also find such “spirits” here and there and build shrines because someone struck some 4-D numbers.
The issue about Dato Zakaria’s Mansion in Pandamaran, Port Klang is not an issue here because that was during BN’s time. What lopsided comparison is this? As far as YB Manikavasagam is concerned, JUST GROW UP! Your threats and uncalled bursts of uncontrolled emotion are not wanted here. THINK BEFORE YOU OPEN YOUR MOUTH.
- The elected PR members must know that keeping a cool head is more important now than ever. Five decades under the divide and rule regime has conditioned us to be a racists. While the self-serving MIC is taking this opportunity to drive a wedge between people, bigotry could only lead to the path of failure.
- Dear MB Selangor, please come out clean with us together with your elected reps,if not how long can our ships sail in the same direction. The Council employeee are of the old UMNO school, are always admant and arrogant,never people friendly,and thats the reason we kicked the privious coruppted lawmakers of Selangor out.
Please don't falter and dissapoint us by allowing these incompetent adminstrators to undermine the their position. Sack them if need be, we the people demand it.
We are paying their salaries,and we want a condusive enviroment. Your civil servants should we humble in discharging their duties, and we will not condone to arrogance of these incorrigible council staffs. Can we be a little bit more humane. We are only asking for an explanation on the temple episode, is it too much?
Mr.MB, we heard that you are a man of great caliber,now show us!!