MIC exposes ‘MB quit’, ‘bastard’ video clips

PKR MP S Manikavasagam is caught on video ranting about the Selangor MB and an exco over the demolition of temples in the state.

B Nantha Kumar, FMT

Two separate video clips have emerged showing PKR’s Kapar MP S Manikavasagam urging Selangor Menteri Besar Abdul Khalid Ibrahim to resign over the demolition of a shrine in Sepang.

In the clips, Manikavasagam also called state exco Dr Xavier Jayakumar a “bastard” and blamed the latter for the demolition of temples in Selangor over the past four years.

The two clips, taken during the statesless Indian protest organised by PKR at Putrajaya yesterday, were shown to the media by MIC during a press conference here.

In the first video, Manikavasagam criticised Khalid, urging the latter to tender his resignation.

Answering a question on whether the demolition of the shrine was correct, he replied: “Wrong! Cannot accept this! I’m telling you. MB must resign.”

While in the second clip, Manikavasagam said: “I’m telling you, I already talk…. Xavier is another bastard. First, he protected the Majlis (Sepang Muncipal Council), after that when we pressure him, and then he twist. I also don’t agree to touch ‘kuil’ (temple), how many… already seven [referring to the number of demolished temples under the Pakatan government].”

He also claimed that three notices had been served to demolish a temple in his constituency.

Manikavasagam added that Jayakumar was an “idiot” who was adamant in demolishing temples and did not listen to the former.

Pakatan government under pressure

Meanwhile, MIC Youth chief T Mohan said that his wing would bear the cost to rebuild the shrine which was erected in the compound of a house.

Citing the video clips, he said that it appeared that the Selangor government was under pressure from its own members.

On Nov 20, 30 enforcement officers from the Sepang Municipal Council (MPS) trespassed into the home of one S Gobi Kumar and demolished a Hindu shrine located within the compound of the residence.

A week later, Jayakumar defended the council’s action, prompting MIC Youth to demand a public apology from him.

However, Jayakumar later claimed that the action was done unilaterally by certain MPS officers and that he suspected sabotage.

On Dec 7, MIC Youth also staged a peaceful protest in front of the Selangor state secretariat building demanding Khalid and Jayakumar to resign over the demolition.

Despite repeated attempts, Manikavasagam could not be contacted for comment.