MIC and a former councillor want action over the restrictive state guidelines on non-Muslim places of worship
KUALA LUMPUR: MIC Youth chief C Sivaraajh has chided DAP for displaying weak leadership within the Selangor state government.
He said this was due to their failure to protect the interest of the non-Muslims in relations to the Selangor guidelines for non-Muslim places of worship.
The Selangor Manual Guideline and Selangor State Planning Standard guidelines, effective from January this year, include a recommendation that non-Muslim places of worship should not be built within 50m of a home owned by Muslims.
The guidelines also recommended that the height of new non-Muslim places of worship must be lower than the nearest mosque, and any such construction in areas with a multiracial population requires the consent of residents within a 200m radius.
He also took the state government to task over the blunder.
“I’m very surprised how Teng could have missed checking the amendments. It shows DAP has a poor and weak leader in the Selangor state administration.
“Not only DAP, but the whole Pakatan government should be held responsible for this mistake.
“Where are the so called non-Muslim leaders in DAP and PKR? Why are they silent and not condemning the mistake done by Teng! DAP must take a stern disciplinary action against him or at least suggested by Teng himself, its better for him to step down from his position,” he said in a statement.
Petpositive president Anthony Thanasayan meanwhile demanded for Teng’s resignation.
“How can he say he never read but signed the guidelines? It is not a mistake, It is a betrayal to the voters. Former state exco Ronnie Liu wouldn’t have signed it.
”Teng should resign and redeem his credibility. DAP should set an example since they have been calling for Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation,” he said in reference to the RM2.6 billion funds.
“It is wrong for Teng to blame the councillors since Teng himself was a seasoned politician and a former speaker,” added the former MBPJ councillor.
Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this article had wrongly attributed some quotes to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Wee Ka Siong on this issue. We apologise to the minister and our readers for the error.