What Took You So Long Khalid? September 9, 2009Posted by malaysianstory in Cow Head Politics, Malaysian Story, PKR Selangor, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, Transformation in PKR.
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Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim finally “stoop’ to the intense pressures and demands by residents of Section 23 in Shah Alam who had for weeks fervently opposing the relocation of the 150-year-old (is it really 150 years as claimed?) Hindu temple from Section 19 to their area.
The MB finally accepted the dissenting views of the residents and announced that the project to build the temple would be temporarily shelved. The announcement was made following a meeting between Khalid, Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad, state executive councillor Rodziah Ismail and Shah Alam mayor Mazalan Md Noor and the irate residents at Wisma MBSA on Friday night.
Some of the residents even held their shoes and threatened to throw it at Khalid, the Shah Alam MP and Rodziah
But what took Khalid so long to meet the residents and made the announcement? Why was there no attempt by the state government to nip the problem in the bud? Was it so difficult for him to spend 30 minutes to listen to their grouses and objections? It was Khalid who promised the people during his campaign in the last general election that they are his and PKR’s priority.
But for weeks Khalid left them in a lurch despite their pleas to meet him to settle the temple relocation issue. Khalid only heard them after they unleashed their fire power and stomped on the cow’s head and when the episode got out of hand and nearly exploded to become a racial castrotophe. It could have been settled at the initial stage if Khalid was not arrogance and had put his “heart and mind” to solove the people’s problems. He let the people took to the streets and chanted racial slurs before he braved himself to meet the angry residents.
It is so simple but yet Khalid did not bother to do just that. Or was he trying to test the people’s loyalty to him and his boss in PKR before he finally realised that it was not a drama staged by the residents but a real message that PKR in Selangor is poised for doom if nothing was done.
Astonishingly, when the announcement was made, the residents were cordial to each other as they left the MBSA hall. Neighbours of different races were even seen shaking hands and smiling to each other. Funy isn’t it. They were breathing fire before the meeting but as cool as ice when the announcement was made.
It shows that they are not interested to cause trouble or create melee or insult their Indian friends but just want their voices to be heard which Khalid and the PKR-led state government failed to do.
So who should be blamed for the whole episode? Is it Khalid, the residents, the Indians, the temple or the cow’s head?