The City Hall's decision to disallow cultural decorations for an event by Malaysia Hindu Sangam has come under fire.
PETALING JAYA: Senator S Ramakrishnan of the DAP today demanded an explanation from Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak over Kuala Lumpur City Hallâ€™s (DBKL) decision to disallow cultural decorations to be put up in their hall for an event by Malaysia Hindu Sangam.
â€śNajib must investigate why an event officiated by his representative was marred by DBKLâ€™s stupid act which hurts the feeling of delegates,â€ť said Ramakrishnan in a press statement today.
â€śIt is totally unbecoming of DBKL since they are under the Federal Territories and Urban Well Being Ministry that has a Hindu deputy minister,â€ť said Ramakrishnan.
He was commenting on DBKLâ€™s decision to disallow MHS from decorating the venue – a DBKL hall – with kolam, a colourful rice based decoration, and banana trees in conjunction with a conference which was held yesterday.
MHS had organised a conference to launch temple worship guidelines yesterday at the DBKL training institute hall in Cheras.
The conference was attended by about 800 delegates from all over the country with PMâ€™s representative honouring the event.
The hall was rented for RM4,600 and an additional RM300 paid for DBKL staff manning the hall for the event.
The conference was supposed to be officiated by Najib but was subsequently delegated to Human Resources Minister Dr S Subramaniam.
â€śWhy is DBKL afraid to allow such simple cultural decorations?
â€śDBKL is a public body that serves all Malaysians, so why did it abstain MHS from putting up biodegradable and easily disposal cultural decorations?
â€śIf it is a rule not to allow any decorations by any user of the hall then that should have been made known at the time of hall booking and not one day before the event?
â€śThis act of DBKL shows how they look down on cultural practices of Indian Malaysians,â€ť said Ramakrishnan.