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Kapar MP: I leave my fate to the party

 | January 15, 2013

I was merely trying to protect the Selangor government, says Manikavasagam in defence of a show-cause letter issued to him for criticising state exco Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

PETALING JAYA: Kapar MP S Manikavasagam said he will send in a reply today to the show-cause letter issued by PKR for criticising Selangor exco Dr Xavier Jeyakumar.

“I will issue my reply to disciplinary committee chairman Tan Kee Kwong or his assistant later today. I leave my fate to the party,” said Manikavasagam.

Last week, the outspoken politician was issued a show-cause letter by the party leadership for criticising Jeyakumar.

Manikavasagam called Jeyakumar a “bastard” and blamed him for the demolition of several temples in Selangor in the past four years.

His criticism was triggered by the recent demolition of a Hindu shrine in Sepang, located within a house compound, by several officers from the Sepang Municipal Council (MPS).

Jeyakumar who had initially defended the officers’ action later claimed that it was an act of sabotage.

Temples still receiving demolishment notices

Manikavasagam, in his defence, said that he had detailed numbers of temples that have been demolished in Selangor since 2008, in his reply to Tan.

“And currently, there are about 18 temples receiving demolition notices from its respective local councils,” he said.

The PKR MP also said that he was merely trying to protect the interest of the state government and his party when he criticised Jeyakumar.

“Remember that the Barisan Nasional was kicked out from Selangor due to the Padang Jawa temple demolition in 2007. Even MIC president S Samy Vellu was knocked off due to that.

“I just don’t want Pakatan to suffer the same fate,” said Manikavasagam.

Although he agreed with Jeyakumar’s claims of sabotage, Manikavasagam said that the Selangor exco should work towards how to counter such acts.

“The state government issued clear instructions that no temple should be demolished without its approval. We should ensure local councils comply with the directive,” he said.

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