Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen
Gagasan Tiga (G3) wholeheartedly condemns the statement made by the Minister of National Unity and Social Wellbeing, Waytha Moorthy, in which the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) was accused of “creating tension among the Indian community.” The minister, who was on record telling foreign journalists that the Government of Malaysia (GoM) stymied religious freedom and forcibly converted Hindus to Muslims, told a press conference on Monday that disciplinary action was needed against the Subang Jaya District police personnel. It is learned that Wayhta had yet to seek an explanation from the said personnel when the statement was made.
The Minister was referring to a melee that ensued on Monday outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in USJ 25, Subang Jaya. According to PDRM, the riots had to do with disputes over the relocation of the said temple and was not racially or religiously motivated. A statement by Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun yesterday revealed that the police arrived ten minutes after receiving a tip-off regarding some 50 or so men who were spotted in vicinity. In a separate statement, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad affirmed that the riots were criminal in nature and not racially or religiously motivated.
But Waytha doesn’t seem to agree.
In a joint press statement together with Dr Xavier Jayakumar, RSN Rayer and Gobind Singh Deo, the HINDRAF leader accused the Subang Jaya District Police of being “irresponsible” for issuing a false statement regarding the cause of the melee. According to him, the police only arrived one hour 45 minutes after the aforementioned men were spotted in the vicinity of the temple while the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) showed up some 100 minutes later. He went on to imply that the melee was by design and urged Bukit Aman to conduct a full and independent investigation to identify the “mastermind.”
G3 wishes to stress, that not only has PDRM been doing an exemplary job in pacifying protests, its personnel demonstrated the utmost in professionalism and tact when dealing with demonstrators. Waytha is giving people the false impression that PDRM can immediately get to the bottom of things the minute it receives tip-offs. I wish to stress, that not only is he stoking the flames of unrest, he may well have aggravated tensions leading to the near-fatal injuries suffered by enforcement personnel.
I have been told by reliable sources that the level of tensions has indeed subsided, with the riots we’re reading about in WhatsApp and We Chat being mere pockets of violence. Nonetheless, what Waytha did amounts to an act of “gross misconduct and irresponsibility” on his part and may have contributed to the Monday melee. Just as he refused to apologise for accusing the GoM of “stymying religious freedom and forcibly converting Hindus to Muslims,” we have yet to hear him apologise to PDRM for accusing the force of “creating tension among the Indian community by issuing false statements.”
It is mind boggling to think that he is the Minister of National Unity and Social Wellbeing.
In light of the above, and in the broader interest of national security and harmony, G3 will undertake to lodge a police report at 2 pm today against Waytha Moorthy and Selangor Exco V. Ganabatirau at the Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) in Dang Wangi, Kuala Lumpur. G3 holds Ganabatirau equally responsible for stoking the flames of unrest by alleging that the melee around the the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in USJ 25 was sparked by a group of Muslims. We hold both Waytha and Ganabatirau accountable for the spate of deadly violence and urge PDRM to investigate if their actions were wilful and with ill intent.
A press conference will be held outside the IPD at 3 pm.
Raggie Jessy Rithaudeen, Chairman of Gagasan Tiga (G3) Malaysia