It’s religious and political agenda is clear with
regards to non-Muslims' way of life, culture and religion.
During her visit with others including the
Minister of Human Resources M Saravanan, she was assured by the Kedah
PAS government that the demolition of non-Muslim places of worship would
stop. Thus, with another demolition of a Hindu temple on Dec 1
and other non-Muslim places of worship earmarked for demolition,
Halimah's assurance in Parliament remains a farce.
representative of the Indians, Saravanan remains a mute spectator to the
tragic events in the Indian community. Hardly a few months after the
infamous destruction of a temple in Alor Setar, another has taken place. The
Majlis Bandaraya Alor Setar (MBAS) took advantage of the Covid-19
lockdown to destroy another Hindu temple - the Sri Raja Muniswarar
Temple -which is more than 50 years old in Taman Bersatu, Kuala Kedah.
understand from reliable sources that the authorities in Kedah taking
advantage of the pandemic are planning further demolitions of non-Muslim
places of worship. I further understand that since the PAS
government came into office several non-Muslim places of worship have
been demolished in the name of road expansion, their illegal status, the
encroachment of state land and other excuses.
A few months back
MBAS with the strong backing of the Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammed Sanusi
Mod Nor, demolished a century-old Hindu temple opposite a railway
station in the name of road expansion. The temple was destroyed in the early hours of one morning
and subsequently, a majestic tree, hundreds of years of old, was cut
down to ensure that the demolished temple would not take shape under the
There was no road expansion whatsoever and the place was
converted into a parking lot for motorcycles. So much for the honest and
integrity of government officials in Kedah. Apparently, among
other municipal and city councils, MBAS has proven to be the most active
when it comes to the demolition and removal of non-Muslim places of
It cannot be denied that these agencies have the support of the overzealous PAS government in Kedah. The
destruction of the temple in Taman Bersatu was by MBAS. Although
notice was given before the action, the absence of an alternative place
made it not possible for the temple to be relocated.
If the Sri
Raja Muniswarar Temple could exist for more than 50 years, why has it
beensuddenly destroyed? The land on which it was situated might have
been state land but does this warrant destruction? Recently, the
menteri besar said in the Kedah state assembly that the government might
not give financial assistance to temples and non-Muslim places of
worship but nonetheless, the state government would be fair to them.
So the indiscriminate demolishing of this temple was it an act of fairness as assured￼ by the menteri besar? On
Hindu religious matters, PAS depends on Indian members who have some
kind associate membership with no voting rights. In the case of temple
destructions, these so-called “Indian advisors” have hardly any role.
some pittance thrown at them, they are more than prepared to justify
the actions of the PAS in temple demolitions. Yet they have the gall to
define themselves as “Indian representatives”. Despite the charade
and propaganda of tolerance, democracy and justice, PAS is a party with