DAP’s Su says he has proof temples will be demolished

(The Star) IPOH: The rift between Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak and the DAP is widening with state DAP chief Thomas Su claiming he has proof that illegal Hindu and Chinese temples would be demolished.

Expressing regret that Azizan had accused him of stirring up racial issues, Su said the Mentri Besar should have checked his facts first.

In black and white: Su showing a copy of the MBAS letter ordering the demolition of a Hindu temple.

“If the Mentri Besar wants to know, he just needs to call the Alor Setar Datuk Bandar or the exco member in charge,” he said at his service centre in Pasir Pinji, here, yesterday.

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,” he said. “We defend issues of people’s interest regardless of race.”

On Saturday, Azizan accused the DAP of stirring up racial issues with allegations that the state would demolish illegal temples.

Azizan claimed that neither the state government nor the MBAS had discussed this.

Su 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.”