Sabotage claims, again: Xavier claims ex-DAP member ‘paid off’ to sabotage Selangor


(Malaysian Digest) – Selangor exco member Dr Xavier Jayakumar (pic) has accused former DAP member Tan Tuan Tat of “being paid” by certain quarters to sabotage the state Pakatan Rakyat administration, regarding the latter’s claim that the Selangor government is set to demolish yet another temple soon.

Xavier said Tan’s statement had “malicious intent”.

“This is malicious thinking from someone whom I believe was paid to spread false news,” Antarapos quoted Xavier as saying.

He was asked to comment on Tan’s claims that a 150-year-old Hindu temple is the Selangor government’s next target for demolition.

Yesterday, Tan at a Press conference in Kajang, had said that a temple in Ladang Teluk Merbau, Sepang, which was built during British colonial times, is now facing the same problem as that the Hindu altar at Taman Seroja, Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi, recently.

He said, the temple committee has written to Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim and the state exco numerous times since last year, but they have yet to see a positive response.

Xavier, in response to the issue, said the state government is not responsible for resolving the issue as it was not something under their jurisdiction.

Xavier, who is also Seri Andalas assemblyman, said the land in question belonged to a private company, and as such, the state government cannot interfere.

He then asked for Hindus who use the temple to pray and hold a discussion with the land owner.

“Why is there a need for the state to interfere; that is private land. The land owner needs to resolve the issue. Why come to the state government? The state has nothing to do with this issue.

“It’s not our responsibility; it’s the land owner’s. He is the one who need to take appropriate action by virtue of being the owner, not us,” he said.

This isn’t the first time that Xavier is alleging sabotage. He had previously claimed that there could also be elements of sabotage behind the altar demolition incident in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.

Then, he had claimed the demolition wasn’t sanctioned by the Sepang Municipal Council and raised the possibility of rogue officers within the council.