Ipoh (Malaysia), July 6 (ANI): The Democratic Action Party chief of Malaysia's Kedah state, Thomas Su, has claimed that illegal Hindu and Chinese temples are about to be demolished in the state, and he has evidence to back his claim.
His revelation is set to widen his rift with Kedah Mentri Besar (Chief Minister) Azizan Abdul Razak, who had accused him of stirring up racial issues.
"If the Mentri Besar wants to know, he just needs to call the Alor Setar Datuk Bandar or the exco member in charge," The Star Online quoted Su, as saying.
Showing a letter, purportedly from the Alor Setar Municipal Council (MBAS), ordering a Hindu temple to move, Su said Azizan should give his undertaking that the temple would not be demolished.
"The DAP never plays race politics. We defend issues of people's interest regardless of race," he said
On Saturday, Azizan had claimed that neither the state government nor the MBAS had discussed this a demolition plan.
Su also said issues affecting illegal places of worship should be handled sensitively.
"They are not illegal by choice. The authorities have refused to legalise them," he said.
He also pointed out that the illegal pig slaughterhouse that was demolished recently was built in the 1970s.
Su also claimed that the party had the support of the people in Alor Setar.
When asked if the Kedah DAP would reconsider its decision to pull out from the Kedah Pakatan Rakyat government, Su said: "There is no turning back." (ANI)