Saturday, July 13

MPs unite to call for emergency motion to debate temple fracas in Parliament

Lawmakers have set aside their political differences to come together in calling for an emergency motion to debate the recent fiasco the over 100-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple in USJ, Subang Jaya.

Lembah Pantai MP Fahmi Fadzil said that both Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan lawmakers had submitted a motion with Speaker Datuk Mohammad Ariff Md Yusof for the issue to be brought up for debates in the current parliament session.

“We stand here in solidarity as we believe we need to come together to discuss the issue in a harmonious manner and move forward,” he said during a press conference at Parliament.

Fahmi, who is from PKR, said that Mohammad Ariff had agreed to consider the motion and will decide to allocate time for this on Thursday (Nov 29) for debates to take place.

Barisan stalwart MP Tan Sri Noh Omar, who was also present during the press conference, said that all Malaysians need to unite and remain harmonious to avoid chaos and clashes.  “If there is chaos, the rakyat will suffer. When you add oil to the fire, it does not matter what race or religion you are from. So, we have to put out the fire quickly,” he said.

At the same time, Klang MP Charles Santiago urged members of the public not to speculate or blow things out of proportion. “We need to come together and hold on to our core values of peace, justice and harmony. We are 61-years-old and we have learnt to live in peace together,” he said.

“Let us continue to live in peace,” he said, adding that the public should not get involved in spreading false rumours on social media. Bukit Gelugor MP Ramkarpal Singh said that authorities should take action against instigators who are bent on fuelling racial flames.  “We must remain calm in such situations as this is our main priority,” he added.

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