NGOs, temple groups pressure Guan Eng and Ramasamy to step down

 |Aug 19, 2016
A group of 120 people had gathered to demonstrate outside Komtar around 11.30am
A group of 120 people had gathered to demonstrate outside Komtar around 11.30am

A group of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and temple association members gathered outside the Penang state’s administrative office here today in protest to call upon Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and his deputy P.Ramasamy to resign immediately from their respective post.

A group of 120 people had gathered to demonstrate outside Komtar around 11.30am.

They held up banners which read “Lim Guan Eng tolong keluar dari Pulau Pinang”, “Ketua Menteri tidak layak memegang jawatan” and “Ramasamy tidak bertimbang rasa”.

The group protest led by M.V Mathiyalagan Veeriah pointed out that the inefficiency and forgery done by the two main leaders in relation to the Batu Kawan temple issue.

Group protest led by M.V Mathiyalagan Veeriah
Group protest led by M.V Mathiyalagan Veeriah

On Aug 11, Penang High Court had ordered Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) to pay RM5,000 in loss failing to prove the Batu Kawan Sri Maha Muttumariamman Temple belongs to the endowment board.

“He (Ramasamy) said he would resign from his DCM post if he loses the court case against us.

“The Penang High Court delivered its verdict that PHEB failed to establish evidence that the Batu Kawan Sri Maha Muttumariamman Temple land belongs to them.

“Now he has lost, it is wise and ethical for him to resign,” he said.

PHEB is chaired by deputy chief minister Ramasamy.

Meanwhile, when asked why Lim is also called to resign in the protest held today, Mathiyalagan said Penang Development Corporation (PDC) had issued a forgery document claiming the Batu Kawan Sri Maha Muttumariamman Temple belongs to PHEB.

“Lim should also resign because he, on behalf of PDC, had issued a document to PHEB on the temple matter.

“That is a forgery document. The High Court said the document is invalid.

“As a Chief Minister and PDC chairman what he did was not ethical,” he added.

MIC Batu Kawan Division leader Ramalinggam
MIC Batu Kawan Division leader Ramalinggam

The NGOs involved in the protest were Persatuan Kebajikan dan Penduduk Tamil, Penang Dravidar Kalagam, Malaysia Nambikei Yekkam, Penang Tamil Pathukappu Yekkam and Persatuan Penduduk Penduduk Baru Kawan.

The temple associations involved were Batu Kawan Sri Maha Muttumariamman temple, Batu Kawan Balathandayutham Bani temple, Citti Vinayagar Prai temple, Kaliamman Simpang Empat temple and Sri Mariamman kuil.