Four cabinet members condemn police statement on temple fight

26 Nov 2018 / 20:36 H.

KUALA LUMPUR: Four cabinet members have condemned the statement by the Subang Jaya police who said that the bloody brawl that happened at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple today as “false and irresponsible”.

Cabinet ministers M. Kulasegaran, Xavier Jayakumar, Gobind Singh Deo, P Waytha Moorthy and deputy minister R. Sivarasa said in a joint statement read out at a press conference in Parliament today that it was “regrettable” that the police labelled the fight as an internal squabble between rival Indian factions.

They also raised questions as to why the police arrived at 4.15am when the incident took place at 2.30am.

“Questions are being raised as to why only a single patrol car from the Subang Jaya police force arrived at the scene about 4.15am while the FRU only arrived at about 6am,“ he said.

“This statement is false and irresponsible. It has created much tension among the Indian community, especially in light of the late and ineffective response by the Subang Jaya police.

“We call upon the inspector-general of police to ensure that a corrective statement is immediately issued to set the facts straight,“ they said, adding that the Subang Jaya police should be investigated and disciplinary action taken.

They all condemned the attack on the temple and urged Bukit Aman to ensure that a corrective statement is immediately issued to set the facts straight.

“This investigation should be conducted by Bukit Aman and not left to the Subang Jaya police to handle,“ the statement read.

Waytha, who read the statement, also said that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is aware of the situation.