Following is an article published by The Malay Mail Online complete with responses by TTF (in blue):
KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today stressed that the government will ensure that no one makes a mockery of national harmony and peace.
TTF: If that is the case, stern action must be taken against P Waytha Moorthy for insulting the Federal Constitution of Malaysia, Malaysian Muslims, the Government of Malaysia (GoM) and the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong by falsely alleging that Hindus in Malaysia were forcibly converted to Islam and that the GoM did not practice religious freedom.
The fact that Waytha has refused to apologise to Malaysian Muslims is in itself a tacit admission on his part that he has no regard whatsoever for national harmony and peace, particularly since his remarks have upset the Muslim community considerably.
Instead of showing remorse, he went on to accuse the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) of deliberately delaying action against a group of individuals who intruded into the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, near Subang Jaya.
He turned the whole affair into a religious polemic by alleging that the police stoked tension among members of the Hindu community, when in fact, it was he who may have aggravated the situation by fuelling dissent.
There is no doubt in my mind that he lacks tact and diplomacy skills.
Every indicator points to the idea that he harbours a hidden agenda and is hell bent on criminalising anyone, including the police, just to bring that agenda to fruition.
That having been said, I hold the DAP equally responsible for aggravating tensions, given that RSN Rayer and Gobind Singh Deo were present during a press conference in which Wayhta passed strictures against PDRM for absolutely no rhyme or reason.
The prime minister said the government will not tolerate this and warned that action will be taken according to the law to ensure that it does not happen.
“If anyone violates the laws for their own interests, this government which upholds the principle of the rule of law will act in accordance with the law,” he said in the Dewan Rakyat.
TTF: I agree.
So act on Waytha.
How ironical, that a man who has absolutely no regard for Muslims and the Federal Constitution of Malaysia is holding the social wellbeing and national unity portfolio.
Dr Mahathir gave the statement in the wake of the riots in the vicinity of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, near Subang Jaya, on Monday and Tuesday.
He said it is not the intention of the government to punish anyone blindly but democracy has its limits and everyone must understand these boundaries of democracy.
“No one can act as one likes in violation of the law and cause anxiety among the people and chaos in the country,” he said.
So again, act on Waytha.
Dr Mahathir emphasised again that the incident was not racial or religious in nature but a criminal act which should not be given any room to ruin the inter-racial relations in the country.
It is a long-standing issue that traces back to your previous administration.
He said the government will not hesitate to take firm action against any provocative attempts as well as against those who try to challenge the country’s laws.
“The government has pledged not to impose any barriers to news reporting and communication but this freedom must be used with full responsibility and not to exploit circumstances that may lead to inter-racial breakups and disharmony.
“This is also not the time to point fingers at anyone. The police have been given the responsibility to maintain peace and conduct investigations. The offenders will face the appropriate legal action,” he said.
TTF: There is a fine line that differentiates the act of “pointing fingers” at someone and “pointing out who’s responsible” for something.
“Pointing fingers” gives the impression that the people doing the pointing are into the “blame game” and blindly assign blame onto others.
By pointing my finger at Waytha, I’m not into the “blame game,”but am simply letting the GoM and PDRM know that this man is responsible for the melee that ensued in the vicinity of the aforementioned temple, one way or the other.
Basically, I’m simply “pointing out who’s responsible” for the melee, so to speak.
Dr Mahathir urged all the people to stay calm and avoid getting involved in activities that can be the basis for instigation and sedition.
TTF: I thought the Sedition Act would be abolished.
After all, wasn’t that the DAP’s rallying cry prior to the 14th general election?
He said it is most important for all quarters to realise that the security and stability of the country is a shared responsibility.
TTF: We’re fully aware of that.
“We want this matter to be handed over to the authorities and I ask all quarters, whether in this House or in public, to exercise caution when issuing statements or sharing news on the incident because too much of fake and incorrect news has already been circulated.
“Politicians, leaders of NGOs and vested parties should not attempt to fish in troubled waters,” he said.
TTF: I’ve explained this above.
As a matter of fact, I held a Press Conference outside the Dang Wangi Police Headquarters yesterday and expressed my full support for PDRM.
To date, only Gagasan Tiga (G3) has stood firmly behind the police on the riots issue.
What I want, however, is for Waytha and the DAP to be held accountable for insulting Malaysian Muslims.
The Prime Minister also said that the police have been given the authority to handle the situation tactfully to ease tensions and restore public order.
Dr Mahathir said the serious injuries inflicted on firefighters and policemen and the damage to public and private property as a result of the irresponsible conduct of the mob cannot be taken lightly.
“The government does not take lightly such incidents that can lead to bigger problems involving racial harmony. I have been briefed on the latest developments of the investigation into the incident and the follow-up action taken by the authorities.
“I am satisfied with and thankful to the Royal Malaysia Police for their action in controlling the situation and preventing it from escalating,” he said.
The riots early Monday and Tuesday near the temple resulted in a firefighter being seriously injured, several other people also hurt, 23 cars torched and public and private property damaged.
The firefighter, Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, 24, is stable but still in critical condition at the National Heart Institute (IJN).
The police have arrested 30 people so far to assist in the investigation into the riots.
Source: NST Online