SHAH ALAM (Oct 29, 2008) : The Selangor state assembly, through a motion passed in the House, today condemned Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo for stirring up and igniting racial discord and Utusan Malaysia for articles which were false and incited violence and racial discord.
Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir
Sekinchan assemblyman Ng Suee Lim who moved the motion to condemn Mohd Khir said Khir should apologise to Kinrara assemblywoman Teresa Kok and all Malaysians for making the false allegations which led to Kok being detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).
“Mohd Khir used this issue as an opportunity to defame the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) government and to make him look like a Malay hero, more so during this time when he is vying for the Umno youth head position,” he said.
“All this at the expense of public order, peace and harmony,” he added.
Mohd Khir had in response to a posting on his blog allegedly accused Kok of supporting a petition by residents in Kinrara to lower the volume of the azan (call to prayer) by a mosque in the area. Kok denied this.
Mohd Khir later clarified that what he quoted was an acknowledgement of receipt of a copy of the petition which residents sent to Kok’s office.
Ng said: “Mohd Khir should apologise to all Malaysian for causing disharmony and Kok for causing her to be detained under the ISA.”
Ng also said that Mohd Khir should be referred to the privilege committee of the House.
Tan Sri Abdul Khalid
He also accused Mohd Khir of conspiring with Utusan Malaysia and its columnist Zaini Hassan and Datuk Chamil Wariya to ignite the issue.
Ng also stressed that the PR was in no way against the media but condemned any media that is used to plant hate, violence and cause unrest.
“One would expect more maturity from a senior writer like Chamil Wariya but instead he incites murder and unrest,” said Ng adding that Chamil had authored a book on Mohd Khir’s political journey and rise to become Selangor Menteri Besar in a book titled Dari Sungai Burong Ke Bukit Melawati in 2004.
Ng said the actions of Mohd Khir went against the principals of Islam which upholds fairness and does not condone defamation and slander against any person.
“To us in PR, we view the azan as something sacred and will uphold the sanctity of this religion in the interest of preservig harmony,” he said.
Ng’s PR colleague from Meru, Dr Abdul Rani Osman supported Ng saying that it is written in the holy books that one should not treat their fellowmen regardless of their race unfairly.
Rawang assembly woman Gan Peh Nei said Mohd Khir’s action showed that he cared little about Selangor’s welfare as the allegations which led to Kok’s arrest had caused potential investors to pull out. Kok is also the state investment, industry and trade executive councilor.
Meanwhile, Subang Jaya assemblywoman Hannah Yeo said the opposition had done nothing to defend Mohd Khir.
“Before this we only had two opposition assemblymen but their voices were loud and forceful; Now there is 10 times the number but it is silent,” she said.
Only Datuk Mohd Shamsudin Lias stood up to defend Mohd Khir saying that the motion was malicious, however speaker Teng Chang Khim upheld the motion saying that it was a motion against a member of the House and not a speech.
The rest of Mohd Khir’s colleagues were absent.
Meanwhile Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said although there will be many impediments towards introducing local government elections in the state, they witll not stop the state’s efforts to work towards making this a reality.
However to get things moving the Federal government needs to amend the laws, he said adding that the state will come up with a working paper on the matter which it will present to the Federal government during meetings between the state and the Prime Minister.
Abdul Khalid was responding to a motion moved by Kampung Tunku state assemblyman Lau Weng San to reintroduce local government elections in Selangor.