Something is seriously wrong in this country. The authorities should ask themselves this question: who empowered them? However, just like how other incidents were managed e.g. toll rate hike protest, pig farms demolition in Malacca, Bersih event in Trengganu and others, excessive amount of force was used. Is this slowly becoming our culture?
Reported in Malaysiakini.com, The Kampung Rimba Jaya in Padang Jawa, near Shah Alam was a chaotic scene when residents tried to prevent the Shah Alam City Hall from demolishing their houses.
The residents’ attempt to save their homes turned physical and bloody when scores were hurt in the ensuing melee. In the end, over 200 houses, a 100-year-old temple and a surau have been levelled to the ground by the authorities.
Eye witnesses claimed that the MPSA enforcement officers were beating people with batons. "I saw an enforcement officer pulling out a knife and waving it around threateningly," said Kumaravel. It took almost three hours to demolish the Sri Maha Mariaman temple. The temple's nursery was the first to be demolished when the exercise began yesterday morning.
Suhakam commissioners slammed the authorities for the 'inhumane' treatment. Suhakam commissioner Dr Denison Jayasooria said the incident showed that the authorities did not have respect for religious and cultural sensitivities. “The authorities may have state or legal right to carry out the demolition, but the manner in which it was conducted requires far greater consideration,” he told a press conference at the Suhakam headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
“Suhakam has been repeating this so many times. But the authorities seem to be deaf. They cannot display simple human decency in responding to a crisis. “Why make it a crisis when it can be settled amicably?” he said, adding that the demolition was untimely since the Hindu festival of Deepavali was only a week away.
Something is seriously wrong if the sensitivities of the 'others' or minorities are not respected and if they are not treated as equals. Politicians must know who they got their power from to govern.