Only now Samy Vellu realized that temple demolition is a cowardice act and the temple demolition has affected the result in the recent Malaysia General Election. Bear in mind that he was part of the system that approved the temple demolition.
Being the leader of the Indian community in Malaysia, he should have protest the demolition and protect the Indian's rights.
From the video clip above, the authority was demolishing the temple with armed Police and FRU guarding by. Samy Vellu was there as if he officiate the temple demolition. Mana tidak orang hot sama dia.
Nasi sudah jadi bubur. Let's just hope that there will be no more temples, churches, chapels and surau be forcefully demolished again.
* Samy Vellu where were you when the Indian cried
* HINDRAF outcasts Samy Vellu
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Extracted from: thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2008/4/18/nation/20987657&sec=nation (Apr 18, 2008)
Temple demolition blew up BN hopes, says Samy
KUALA LUMPUR: The demolition of Hindu temples was the “atom bomb that blew up” the Barisan Nasional's hopes in the general election, MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu said.
“If we had been sensitive to the temple issue and taken care of the temples, we would have won more seats in the election,” told reporters at the MIC head office here. “We would not have lost the Indian community's votes.”
Realising the sensitiveness of religious issues, Samy Vellu said, he met with Home Minister Datuk Seri Syed Hamid Albar two weeks ago to appeal for the renewal and new application of work permits for 800 Indian priests, musicians and sculptors.
“I am grateful for the Federal Government's consideration in approving permits for the religious people from India,” he said. “If the Government had not approved the permits the temples would have to close down.”
He added that temple authorities could go to the Immigration Department to apply for work permits for the temple officials.
When told that immigration officials were not entertaining new applications, Samy Vellu said the Cabinet decision had not been communicated to the officials.
On training local temple priests, he said that some years ago he initiated a programme to train them in India.
“When they returned, they were paid RM300 per month. But they would rather do something that could earn them a better income.”
Asked about Makkal Osai, he said he was sorry that its publication licence was not renewed.
“They can appeal to the Home Minister,” he added.