Changing tunes on cow head protest

September 4th, 2009 by poobalan | View blog reactions Leave a reply »
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While yesterday’s reports sounded bewildering, today’s statement by the Home Minister seem to be more befitting:

Those responsible for bringing the head of a cow during the Aug 28 protest at the Selangor state secretariat building should be charged in court, said Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

He ordered the police to proceed with further investigation and take stern action against those responsible.

“The police have identified the individuals involved,” he said in a statement Thursday.

… Although the residents were angry with the state government and had no intention of hurting the feeling of any other race, Hishammuddin said such action could not be tolerated.

“The Home Ministry view seriously all issues that could undermine the harmony, unity, national security and stability of this multiracial country,’’ he said.

Not sure why there’s a change of tone. Probably the earlier message was not clear enough or sounded biased.

Worse still, there are contradictions to his earlier statements as well (regarding his claim that there are Hindu residents who are opposing the relocation):

Meanwhile, Section 23 Hindu committee pro-tem president K Rajah has also rejected Hishammuddin’s statement yesterday that some Hindu residents were against the proposed temple plan.

“We have collected over a hundred signatures in a petition to support the temple being relocated here and not one is against the idea,” he said.

He also claimed that neither his committee nor any Indian resident was consulted by the Section 23 action committee led by Mahyuddin.

– From Malaysiakini.

Meanwhile Hindu residents of Section 23 today also denied press reports that they also did not want the temple to be relocated to the area.

K. Raju said one third of all residents in Section 23 were Non-Malays and they have carried out a signature campaign to support the state government’s move to relocate the temple.

He also disputed claims in the press that the cow’s head used during the protest was brought to the scene by outsiders.

“The people who carried the head are Umno members, from Section 23, and they seem to be above the law.”

– From Malaysian Insider

I’m not sure if  the other papers will carry the rebuttal by the Hindu resident (I think K.Raju and K.Rajah are the same person). Let’s see who is telling the truth.

The above article also gave an interesting piece of news (not sure how to verify it):

While the state government is hosting a dialogue session with all residents this Saturday, the Barisan Nasional (BN) federal government is also considering holding an event to bring both Muslims and Hindus together to defuse racial tension.

The plan, which entailed roping in the assistance of Hindu Sangam, was proposed to the Cabinet by Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Noh Omar, who is also the Umno state deputy liaison chief.

According to sources, the Cabinet is also considering offering an alternative site to relocate the Hindu temple despite the fact that such matters fall under the jurisdiction of the state government.

The Malaysian Insider understands that Noh was forced to defend himself at the Cabinet meeting yesterday. He told the meeting that he did not instigate the Malay-Muslims of Section 23 to protest against the temple relocation.

He is understood to have also told the Cabinet that he would organise a sit-down with Hindus and Muslims in the neighbourhood.

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3 comments

  1. Siva Thangarasu says:

    Dear Indians, Please always remember that we are minority in this country. Even the foreign workers are more than us. Just shake of talking or arguing purpose don’t test others race’s patience.

    If anything unwanted things happen to indians, NO body will help us. ( Always remember what happen to tamils in Sri lanka )

    Why everytime we must concern about the temples. If the so called Hindu god cannot takecare of his own temple ( house ) how he is going to protect us ?

    If indians in Malaysia thinks they are perfect 100 % just forget about it. It’s others race’s is the one who always tolerates the indians.
    Right from playing foodball to politics we make empty noices.

    Let’s correct our own mistakes before pointing at others.
    Thanks.

    • poobalan says:

      So, it is ok to let people parade cow heads and cry for blood if they are majority? The majority of the majority seems to be more level-headed and not supportive of the protests, so I’m not sure what you are trying to say.

      “If the so called Hindu god cannot takecare of his own temple ( house ) how he is going to protect us ?” – sound like movie dialogue 🙂 I think the other Gods are also taking care of their own houses that’s why there’s no surau or churches being demolished in malaysia?

      I think many people do tolerate each other, regardless of race, but due to them being majority, can easily notice the non-tolerance. Can’t help it because the law is lop-sided.

      If everyone is able to correct their own mistakes, this problem won’t have arisen. Why need to relocate the temple at all? It was there long before some of our parents were born, and definitely decades older than Shah Alam city. Why not relocate the houses for a change? 🙂

      • Killer says:

        Poobalan

        I think Siva has a point and that we need to be mindful of our position in the country and not to behave in a manner than can antogonise the others since we have neither the numbers or economic muscle. A big part of such issue is the presence of too many temples in the country which I had been complaining here since 2007.

        But I agree with you on the relocation. Why even need to relocate from section 19 in the first place. Pakatan promised a more liberal and tolerant religious policy but this is not the way to handle the matter. And they have this stupid habit of blaming UMNO/BN for all the problems in the world.