If you haven’t been following…. this otherwise should be a state and local government project made international news…. read Malaysiakini and the Malaysian Insider to refresh the “Cow Head” incidents which sparked the controversy.
delCapo was at the temple’s original and current location in Shah Alam section 19 last nite, and at the dialogue hosted by Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim for the residents of section 23 (proposed new location) this morning.
A group of 24 good wishing anak banga Malaysia, including Haris Ibrahim, Wong Chin Huat, Sisters of Islam members and Food Not Bombs youths made a trip to the temple to show solidarity and speak to some of the regulars about the whole situation related to the replocation.
To them, they have agreed to relocate the historical temple to a suitable location, thanks largely to the effort of the current State Government, local council, parliamentarian and adun.
More pix from the visit can be found here on Picasa.
The Dialogue at MBSA hall.
With MB Khalid Ibrahim, YB Khalid Samad, Batu Tiga state assemblyperson Rodziah Ismail, state development agency PKNS chief Othman Omar and mayor Mazalan Md Noor.
The observations delCapo made were:
- That Section 23 muslim residents are mostly reasonable and peace loving. Some stood up to express their friendship with their hindu neighbours and they had no problems with a hindu temple located in the area. However, they are concerned if any chaos, for whatever reasons, come with the temple. Fair enough, really… it’s up to the local council to consider their concerns.
- There were a bunch of them at the dialogue who, may or may not be actual residents as security was not air tight, were there with one purpose in mind – to disrupt proceedings and create commotions. Period. These geezers should have been thrown out.
- Personal attacks on MB Khalid, YB Khalid Samad, Adun Roziah & the dato bandar were really shameful behaviors… many in the hall from their own kampung were seen to be utterly disgusted and ashamed by their neighbours.
- Credit must be given to the restraint and persistence of the panel to go through the issues and decision process so that the residents understand.
- Also to the few calm voices from the crowd who waited for the chaos to die down and took the mic to speak their mind, from both sides of the divide.
Overall, I think the dialogue achieved it’s objectives…. but security and discipline could have been better so other residents (soome with kids) didn’t have to witness what was at time utterly disgusting side of my fellow Malaysians.
some of these faces look familiar?? “Cow Head” carrier rings a bell??