The following is a press statement issued by Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Dato' Menteri Besar of Selangor on the temple protestors.
AUGUST 29, 2009
STATE CONDEMNS DELIBERATE RELIGIOUS SLURS BY TEMPLE PROTESTORS
SHAH ALAM: The Selangor Government regrets the provocative, offensive and deliberate religious slurs by a group of irresponsible people who used a cow’s head to protest against the construction of a Hindu temple in Section 23 here.
As the people of Selangor prepare to celebrate Malaysia’s 52nd anniversary of Merdeka, it is indeed appalling that such religious intolerance still exists amongst fellow Malaysians.
The incident and despicable act has taken the entire nation a step backward in all efforts towards mutual respect among the various races and religions and the creation of a common Malaysian vision and identity.
The State Government hopes that all will remain calm and not be provoked by the protest as it will only create further discord among us. Although the protestors’ conduct must be condemned, we should allow the law to take its due process.
The state also calls on the police to act without fear or favour and conduct a fair investigation including on the serious threats issued by the demonstrators against state leaders.
The state has also directed Shah Alam City Council to hold an open discussion on September 5, 2009 which will be attended by the legal residents on Section 23, MBSA officials and the representatives of PKNS.
The meeting will not only allow those affected to express their views but would also provide the state an opportunity to present clear and correct facts and reasons surrounding its decision to relocate the current temple from Section 19 to Section 23.
While awaiting the meeting, the State Government urges Section 23 residents to remain calm and not allow themselves to be influenced by the distorted facts presented by interested parties who have politicized the issue.
As we have stressed earlier, all those involved must be considerate, rational and mutually respectful as this is the only way for the matter to be settled amicably.
TAN SRI ABDUL KHALID IBRAHIMDATO’ MENTERI BESAR SELANGOR
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