To set a good example that the Najib administration does not condone
or countenance Umno Ministers or leaders setting the bad example of
offending other religions and their followers, the Home Minister Datuk
Seri Hishammuddin Hussein should be arrested and prosecuted for his
provocative press conference defending the cowhead sacrilege on 28th
August which marred the 52nd National Day celebrations three days later.
The Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has
directed independent news portal Malaysiakini to remove the video
footages of Hishammuddin’s media conference defending and justifying
the cow-head sacrilege for being “provocative” which contain “offensive
contents with the intent to annoy any person especially Indians” and
liable to offences under Section 211/233 of the Communication and
Multimedia Act 1998 with a penalty on conviction to a fine up to
RM50,000 or a jail sentence.
The other video footage MCMC wanted Malaysiakini to remove was on the
cow-head demonstration and sacrilege in Section 23 of Shah Alam.
If a video footage carrying Hishammuddin’s media conference
defending and justifying the cow-head sacrilege is liable to a criminal
offence for being provocative and offensive to other religions, isn’t
Hishammuddin even more guilty of such an offence and before any action
is contemplated against Malaysiakini, action should have been taken
against Hishamuddin first?
Would Hishammuddin be arrested and prosecuted for his utter
insensitivity in defending and justifying the cow-head demonstration
and sacrilege before any other action is contemplated against the media
for reporting Hishammuddin’s press conference?
The Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail has ordered the police to
investigate further into the cow-head sacrilege. Will the police extend
such an investigation to include Hishammuddin’s offensive and
insensitive press conference?
Although Hishammuddin later backtracked from his press conference
stance defending the Shah Alam protestors, his subsequent statement
that the police should proceed with investigations and to bring to
court those who brought the severed cow-head in the protest,
Hishammuddin’s change of stance is only relevant as a plea for
mitigation and cannot be a defence to the offence for which MCMC is
acting against Malaysiakini.
If Hishammuddin has committed an offence, would the Attorney-General
decide whether the Home Minister should be prosecuted and would the
police arrest the Home Minister, especially as the Inspector-General of
Police, Tan Sri Musa Hassan has just got another renewal as IGP for
another year on Hishammuddin’s recommendation despite strong and the
most legitimate grounds of opposition?
Malaysians and the world are shaking their heads in disbelief at the
depth that institutional good governance has sunk to with the country
reaching the lowest level of public confidence in the independence,
professionalism and integrity of the key national institutions in the
The MCMC warning to Malaysiakini to remove the two provocative
videos, one on the offensive and insensitive cow-head protest and
sacrilege and the other on Hishamuddin’s press conference defending and
justifying the cow-head sacrilege, remind Malaysians of the previous
outrage when Sin Chew reporter Tan Hoon Cheng was detained under the
Internal Security Act in September 2008 for reporting the offensive and
provocative speech of Umno Bukit Bendera division chairman Ahmad Ismail
on the Chinese in Malaysia as “penumpang” while Ahmad Ismail got away
completely scot-free for his offensive and provocative remarks!
Is Malaysia changing for the better or getting worse?*******Selangor Defers Temple Relocation
SHAH ALAM, Sept 5 (Bernama) -- The Selangor government has temporarily
deferred the relocation of the Maha Mariamman temple from Section 19 to
Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim made the announcement
after a dialogue with Section 23 residents which turned rowdy as some
of those present were adamant on voicing out their stand.
Speaking at a news conference after the dialogue, Abdul Khalid
said, the decision was made after taking into consideration the views
and feelings of the people in the area.
The Menteri Besar however said that the relocation of the Section
19 temple would have to be resolved as the problem had been going on
for nearly 20 years.
"This is not easy. The next step is to discuss with PKNS
(Perbadanan Kemajuan Negeri Selangor) and the Section 19 temple
committee on the suitable site to relocate the temple. We should
resolve this as soon as possible as it can create issues among the
residents," he said.
Also present at the dialogue were executive councillor Rodziah
Ismail, Shah Alam Member of Parliament Khalid Abdul Samad, Shah Alam
Mayor Mazalan Md Noor and PKNS general manager Othman Omar.
During the dialogue, Abdul Khalid told the residents that the
state government had not made any decision on the temple's relocation.
"We are open to any suggestion... we can implement the suggestion if both sides agree to it," he said.
From now on, there would no longer be any discussion on the
relocation of the temple, Abdul Khalid said amid the chaotic dialogue
when a representative of 48 Indian residents raised up the issue of
tolerance among the community to the call of Azan five times a day.
The resident said that the feelings of the Indian community were
hurt by the issue as there was nowhere else they could build a temple
because in Shah Alam, a majority of the people were Malays.
Officers of the Shah Alam City Council, who were on duty at the dialogue, however, managed to calm the situation.
Mazalan said the temple committee could not agree to a site in
Section 22 proposed by the previous administration as it was located
6km from the original site and that there was no residential area
The site in Section 22 was also located outside Section 19, 20 and
23 and would not be able to cater to the needs of the Indian community
in those areas, he said.
Abdul Khalid said the government took note of the views of the
Malay community who objected to the presence of a temple next to their
area, and the Hindu community's requirement to have a place of worship
not far from their place.
He also said that he did not want to see the issue to affect the harmony among the people.
Police arrest Uthayakumar, 15 others in aborted candlelight vigil
By Syed Jaymal Zahiid
(being carried) and several others have been arrested while trying to
make their way to a candlelight vigil at Dataran Merdeka. — Picture by
Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 5 — Police have arrested 16
people including Human Rights Party leader P. Uthayakumar as they were
attempting to march from Masjed Jamek to Dataran Merdeka here tonight
for a candlelight vigil protesting last week’s cow-head demonstration
by Section 23 residents in Shah Alam.
Authorities had closed off access to the square to prevent the group of about 50 demonstrators from carrying out the vigil.
The group first gathered near Central Market at about 7.30 pm and
made their way towards the Masjid Jamek LRT station where they started
lighting candles and distributing placards to supporters.
The placards read “Threat and insulting the religion of others is
condoned by the government, where is justice?” and “Umno must repent”.
The group’s message echoed those of Pakatan Rakyat leaders, who
believe the racially charged cow- head protest was instigated by Umno,
the dominant party in the ruling Barisan Nasional.
As they marched towards Dataran Merdeka, Uthayakumar and Hindraf
coordinator S. Jayathas led the march with songs as others followed
The singing didn’t last long as police soon moved in to detain the
protesters, among them Uthayakumar’s fiancée S. Indradevi, despite the
group heeding police orders to disperse and leave the area.
Also arrested were Hindraf leader and Uthayakumar’s brother P. Waytha Moorthy’s wife and sister.
Uthayakumar, who recently returned from medical treatment abroad,
was seen manhandled by the police despite not resisting while his
fiancée was roughly pushed and dragged into the police truck.
All 16 were later taken to the Dang Wangi police station to have their statement taken.
In a statement from his London base, Waytha Moorthy said he was
appalled by the arrests, saying it was a deliberate and calculated
attempt to target the main leaders of Hindraf so that the planned
candle vigil would be foiled.
“Those vigil participants were going with candles and roses when
they were arrested. PM Najib’s 1 Malaysia is a shame to all
“It is ridiculous that the Muslim extremist cow head protesters –
with blood still dripping from the head – who behaved in violent
manner, delivered fiery speeches promoting racial hatred and insulted
Hindus were given full police protection whilst Hindraf supporters who
were armed with unlit candles and roses were violently arrested,
bundled and taken into police lock ups,” said Waytha Moorthy who lives
He branded the government and police as fascists who did not have
any respect for the Federal Constitution, which provides for freedom of
assembly, equality and freedom of religion.
In last week’s protest in Shah Alam, around 50 residents from
Section 23 marched towards the Selangor state secretariat building
after Friday prayers to protest the planned relocation of a Hindu
temple to their housing area.
The protesters brandished a severed cow’s head during the protest,
which was observed by the police. No arrests were made then or since.
Today, Selangor mentri besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim announced the
relocation will now be temporarily put on hold, following an abortive
Shah Alam town hall meeting called this morning to discuss the growing
controversy.*******Muslim sensitivities’ an excuse for blatant racism?
Analysis by Syed Jaymal Zahiid
“Muslim sensitivity’ or outright racism? Residents from Section 23 clash during today’s town hall meet. — Picture by Jack Ooi
ALAM, September 5 — “Muslim sensitivities” was used by the Malay
residents of Section 23 as the central reason to reject the Hindu
temple relocation, but when some were asked today what these
“sensitivities” really were, none of them could give a straight answer.
Yet Malay residents of Section 23 said they felt their religion,
Islam, had been profoundly threatened by the temple relocation proposal
by the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat government.
It prompted them to take to the streets with a cow’s head recently
to defend their religion; it drove them to discard civic consciousness
and adopt extreme measures, to go as far as insulting another religion,
knowing full well such action could lead to physical confrontations.
“It would disrupt traffic flow,” said one female resident of Section 23 when asked what exactly these Muslim sensitivities are.
The female resident, who spoke on condition of anonymity, was one of
the army of residents that attended a dialogue session held by the
Selangor government this morning.
It was organised to resolve the deadlock but sadly, the event was
fruitless after it transformed into a free-for-all verbal assault
session, when the residents turned rowdy and began insulting Mentri
Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and other PR leaders.
Residents threw racial insults towards the leaders. They rejected
any alternative proposals even before the leaders had managed to raise
them. Some accused the leaders of insulting Islam if they were to go on
with the relocation.
“We don’t like the smells. It would be noisy and the temples would
usually get bigger so we just don’t want it to be near our homes,” said
another resident, Roshan, 42, on why he was against the temple being
When suggested that Malays in other parts of Selangor and Kuala
Lumpur have no problems with Hindu temples being built near their
houses, even when these areas are predominantly Malays, Roshan rebutted
“I am from the May 13 generation,” he said, referring to the
infamous racial riots four decades ago. “(Malays in these areas are
fine because) the land there is limited,” he said.
Throughout the “dialogue”, residents insisted their rejection of the
temple relocation had nothing to do with racism and that they were not
They boasted of their harmonious ties with their Indian counterparts
but blame the temple relocation proposal and its proposer, the PR
government, as the cause of the strained interracial bond.
The temple, originally located in Section 19, had been proposed to
be relocated after an agreement with the city council and other
relevant authorities, to Section 23, some 300 meters from the
residential area after residents in Section 19 complained.
But many Malay Section 23 residents will have none of it. For them,
building a Hindu temple in the midst of an industrial area to provide
their Indian counterparts, which make up about 10 per cent of the
Section 23 population, the right to practice their religion is a threat
to the sanctity of Islam.
Notwithstanding, almost all the replies given by residents when interviewed by The Malaysian Insider
cited traffic congestion as the main reason behind their rejection of the temple relocation.
They failed to define how a Hindu temple built some 300 metres away
from their houses was insensitive towards Islam but one cannot but feel
that as the fiasco goes on, more and more of these Muslim sensitivities
will be raised in their arguments.
Syed Jaymal Zahiid is a reporter with The Malaysian Insider, who covered this morning’s chaotic town hall meeting******