KUALA LUMPUR: Local authorities should not use religious reasons to remove statues because it will make the country a theocratic state, says MCA president Datuk Seri Liong Tiong Lai.
“Malaysia is a multi-racial country. We should not use an extreme view to rule the country,” he said when asked to comment on the decision to remove statues from a park in Kedah.
“MCA promotes moderate views, unity and harmony among all races. Generally if the statues are memorable, they should be retained.
“Malaysia is a multi-racial, open society. Authorities should not use religious reasons and make it a theocratic state,” Liow told reporters after launching the ThumbsUp4Malaysia (#ThumbsUp4MY) event at Wisma MCA yesterday.
It was reported that the Kulim District Office has given Sept 30 as deadline for developer ECK Sdn Bhd to remove 20 statues described as inappropriate at a Bali-themed park at Taman MBI Desaku in Padang Meha.
Last Tuesday, the district office ordered the closure of the theme park and removal of two female-winged statues following complaints lodged by netizens who were uncomfortable with the statues.
The park attracts visitors with displays of more than 30 figures and sculptures of numerous sizes such as characters like Trans-formers’ Optimus Prime robot, Spiderman and Snow White.
Kulim district officer and administrator Mohamad Che Nai reportedly said the decision to remove the statues was taken following a meeting.
The developer was also instructed to provide the district office with a written list of the statues and new ones which they plan to put up for submission to the state mufti for consideration on its suitability.
Separately, the ThumbsUp4Malay-sia will start to gather thumbprints of grassroots members of all MCA divisions as well as from the public until Sept 9 for a 12x22ft Malaysia flag to celebrate National Day. The thumbprints will be imprinted on 2x2ft canvases that will later be assembled to make a Jalur Gemilang.
After collecting the thumb prints from the public, Liow said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib will place the final thumbprint on the flag.