Bumiputera Malaysia

Bumiputera Malaysia

By a Malaysian for his country

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Chinese temple demolition proves Malaysia is a police state

Local Penang Chinese residents have condemned the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) as "rubbish" for rudely demolishing the Tou Mu Kung temple in Bukit Mertajam. The demolition exercise saw tempers flare to the point that the Malaysian police had to fire warning shots.

A police report has been lodged on the excessive force used during the fracas which ensued when MPSP enforcement officers refused to let the temple devotees remove statues of the deities before proceeding with the demolition.

"The policeman shouted to me saying that he did not care even if the temple members died during the incident", said Penang state assemblyperson Lau Chiek Tuan. At the same time, Bukit Mertajam opposition parliamentarian Chong Eng said that "one man (from the temple) was already on the ground and there were 6 men pinning him down".

Meanwhile, the "MPSP is rubbish" banner also featured a rhyming couplet: "Rumah besar tak berani, Rumah tokong tak peduli" - means "Big house don't dare, temple don't care".

More and more people are getting dissatisfied with the Malaysian government

This referred to Klang's
MPK councillors building palatial mansions without approved plans. These illegal palaces still stand as the local authorities have not taken any action (thanks to the son of an Indonesian immigrant who had threatened the people).

In Malaysia, a number of Hindu, Chinese and Christian temples and shrines are deemed illegal structures due to bureaucratic impediments and hitches in obtaining building permits for them.

And the disrespect and overzealous actions of the authorities to demolish them prove that Malaysia is indeed a police state, of which the sleepy Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his Islam Hadhari administration has conveniently denied.