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KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Ministry in the Prime Minister’s Department P. Waythamoorthy should quit his post if he is not able to value collective responsibility in the Government, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.
He said Waythamoorthy, the former Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) chairman, seemed to be unable to control his emotions when he hit out at the police.
He said Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was right when he suggested that Waythamoorthy quit as deputy minister.
“I totally agree with Zahid, what he said was 101% right.
“As part of the administration, we cannot place personal interest above responsibility,” he said yesterday.
Hishammuddin said while ministers were entitled to personal views, any consideration or statement should be based on collective responsibility, pointing out that if he wanted to be emotional over the Genting Highland bus tragedy, which killed 37 people, he would have directed all bus services to the holiday resort to be suspended.
“But I cannot be emotional and need to decide wisely as a minister,” he said.
Ahmad Zahid had suggested that Waythamoorthy step down following his allegation that five members of the Gang 04 were “executed” by a police raiding team in Penang, reminding him that he was now part of the Government.
Waythamoorthy had on his Facebook page remarked that based on photographs at the shooting scene, he believed that the five were shot at close range.
“Looking at the photos, I do not think anyone in the right frame of mind would believe that there was a shootout between the police team and the suspects,” he said.
DAP chairman Karpal Singh had also challenged Waythamoorthy to step down as deputy minister, adding that as a man of principle, the latter should do just that since the call came from Zahid.
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