I have been thinking about the temple relocation issue that has been hogging the limelight for the wrong reasons recently. Now I do not want to comment on the merits of the case or whether there are justifications as to the reason of the demonstration (to protest the relocation of the temple to Section 23) but I wish to comment on the means they took to show their protest.
I was shocked and extremely sad when I first learned about the incident. To have a group of people march down the road and protest loudly is already bad enough (I am against street protests), but to further exacerbate the situation by bringing a severed cow head, stepping and spitting on it is pure dumb, stupid and just asking for trouble. Whatever reasons given ie it was unintentional, it was meant for the state government or whatever – it smacks plainly of gross insensitivity and disrespect for the Hindu religion and the Hindus not only living in that area but all over. In fact to me, you are also causing much harm to all Malaysians who live peacefully side by side with all races.
What has happened has caused much uneasiness and unhappiness, not just amongst the Section 23 folks, but also amongst many of us all over. Many of my Indians friends are asking me why it happened and are discussing what this meant to them . I am very happy to note that the AG has decided to prosecute the organisers and perpetrators of the crime under the Seditious Act. To be honest, I was pleasantly surprised that the investigation and decision to do so were very quickly taken.
What have the street demonstrations and the act of stepping on the cow head got you? Nothing but pure condemnation from everyone all over and hopefully soon getting arrested by the police and charged for showing insensitivity to another religion. What they fought for was totally different and what they ended up with now is putting them in hot water.
The main organisers were saying that their demonstration was hijacked by other parties who brought the severed cow head that turned everyone’s attention to it rather then the original issue at hand. Now I have to say, that is what happens in a street demos. You may start of with good intentions, good planning and good preparations but because you cannot control who takes part, you cannot control what they bring and how they behave during these demonstrations, chances are extremely high that things will go haywire and totally wrong during the demonstrations.
That is why I am against street demonstrations. There will always be certain individuals out there who are joining the street demonstrations for their own personal agenda – maybe just for fun or maybe just out to create trouble. And when “shit hits the ceiling” (pardon my language), the organisers cannot turn around and say “ I did not mean this or that to happen. My intention was good and pure” etc.
Street demonstrations bring nothing but utter chaos and a disruption to activities in that area. There are always other ways to get your views and opinions across.
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