Indian groups reject BN’s Shah Alam candidate over cow-head protest

Indian NGO leaders with Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for Shah Alam, Khalid Samad.

SHAH ALAM: Some 70 Indian NGOs have rejected Barisan Nasional’s (BN) candidate for Shah Alam, Azhari Shaari, over his involvement in a cow-head protest in 2009.

Speaking at the office of Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) Shah Alam candidate Khalid Samad today, former Malaysian Hindu Sanggam youth leader Arun Dorasamy said while they understood that Azhari had already been fined by the court, they could not accept BN’s decision to field him as a candidate.

“We cooled down over the years but now the thing has come up again because he has been chosen as a candidate for Shah Alam. He’s going to represent all races in Shah Alam,” said Arun, who acted as spokesman for the NGOs.

In protest over the choice, the NGOs said they would reject BN and support PH. They also vowed to get Malaysians of all races and religions to reject the coalition.

Recently, The Star reported Azhar as admitting that he was at the demonstration. He added however that he was only a spectator and not a participant.

Arun also slammed MIC, asking how the party could endorse BN’s decision.

“We strongly condemn MIC for keeping quiet. You say you champion the Hindus, you should have opposed the choice of candidate.”

When asked how long the NGOs would prolong the issue and whether it would still be a consideration at the 15th general election, Arun said it would depend on Azhari.

“We will not accept an apology at the eleventh hour. We will reject him for GE14. But if he apologises after the election and tries to make amends, then we will judge his sincerity.”

Azhari has not responded to FMT’s request for comments.

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