Thursday, May 15, 2014

Suhakam to Follow Up with MBPJ on Wheelchair Discrimination Issue.



THE HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION OF MALAYSIA or SUHAKAM says it will be following up on its letter written a fortnight ago to the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) expressing its deep concern over the discrimination incident in which the Petaling Jaya Sivan Temple in Bukit Gasing came up with a policy barring wheelchair using devotees from its venue.

Suhakam wrote to MBPJ to give its explanation over the issue.

The decision by the temple was immediately condemned by the Malaysian Hindu Sangam on the Free Malaysia Today portal. 

A group of disabled people also protested against the temple
management in their venue. 

The Bukit Gasing state assemblyman Rajiv Risyakaran did not turn up during the protest despite being invited by the disabled group. 

There has been no updates from him or MBPJ councillors Cynthia Gabriel (councillor for the temple) and Pastor Sia Siew Chin (in wheelchair) since the incident was highlighted to them more than a month ago.

The disabled are demanding the removal of all discriminatory practices against them by the temple and for the elected and appointed representatives to state a stand that they are totally committed to a zero tolerance policy on prejudice against the handicapped.    

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