‘Manikavasagam is unprofessional’

State exco Dr Xavier Jayakumar says that the onus is on Kapar MP S Manikavasagam to clear the air over the allegation.

K Pragalath, FMT

Selangor executive councillor Dr Xavier Jayakumar said today that it was unprofessional of Kapar MP S Manikavasagam to call him a “bastard” and an “idiot”.

“It is unprofessional of a parliamentarian to make such a statement. The onus is on him [Manikavasagam] and the media to clarify the matter,” he said.

He added that he has notified the party leadership on Manikavasagam’s unprofessional conduct.

Jayakumar was commenting on MIC’s exposé of two video clips where Manikavasagam had uttered the words “bastard” and “idiot” when referring to the former.

In the first video, Manikavasagam criticised Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim, urging the latter to resign over the demolition of a shrine in Sepang.

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

In the second clip, he 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 Rakyat 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 the temples and did not listen to the former.

On Wednesday, Manikavasagam had joined a rally in Putrajaya led by PKR to protest the plight of stateless Indian Malaysians.

Today, the first-term MP claimed that the video clips were doctored and denied using the deragoratory terms on Jayakumar.

Manikavasagam has also lodged a police report against the MIC based on the FMT’s report.