Weekly Highlights

5 Hindu Shrines get demolished in Kedah.

PAS has begun to show its true colours yet again; when the PAS led  Kedah government destroyed 5 Hindu shrines in the state recently. 

It is most unwarranted and unfitting incident in a democratic, multi-racial  and harmonious nation. 

It seems the extreme nature of PAS stands out in this harmonious  country of ours, where the people are tolerant of each other’s culture  and religion. 

PAS needs to remember that the last time this happened in Selangor in  2007, Indians rallied to which important consequences took place,  ultimately showcased during the 12th General Election in 2008. 

Maybe the party leaders have poor memory. 

PAS has been greatly insensitive to the minorities of this country. 

They should understand the historical significance of these Hindu  temples and shrines that were initially built on estate lands. A caring  government would look to a peaceful resolution by engaging the Hindu  community to find a long term solution by relocating these temples. 

The Kedah MB, Muhammad Sanusi also asked for the MIC party to be banned for siding with the temple management.

It is also saddening to see the Kedah MB display immaturity by saying  the political party; MIC, should be banned as they have expressed  support to the temple management. 

This is a ridiculous suggestion that is dangerous to the fabric of  Malaysian society. I urge all leaders from all parties and religious beliefs  to equally condemn this move by the PAS state government that is  against our mutual respect for each other. 

MIC has been in the country for the past 60 years and they were part of  the ruling government for a long period. It is atrocious to say that MIC  should be banned. It’s a bullying tactic. 

When PAS was part of Pakatan Rakyat in 2008 the then MB used to  provide allocation to Hindu temples, but it seems that the party now has  radical roots which should be weeded out immediately.

Respectful: The previous Kedah MB gave funds to Indian schools and temples during his tenure.

When Pakatan Rakyat was the ruling government in Kedah in 2008, the  late Tan Sri Ustaz Azizan Abdul Razak, who was the PAS Kedah MB  then, gave land to the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple, in  Bakar Bata, Alor Setar. 

The temple was sitting on a temporary occupation licence (TOL). During  the PH rule, then MB Datuk Sri Mukhriz Mahatir, even gave funds to  Indian schools and temples. 

M. Kula Segaran 

Member of Parliament for Ipoh Barat, Perak 

Former Human Resources Minister, Malaysia 

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