Holy ashes insult: It’s offensive but let’s move on, says Waytha


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 04 Dec 2019

KUALA LUMPUR: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Waytha Moorthy (pic) wants all parties to move on from the incident in which an Opposition MP linked the ashes of the late Chin Peng to vibhuti or the holy ash used in Hinduism.

“If he has retracted, I think in the spirit of Malaysia, we just leave it.

“Sometimes people say things out of excitement, especially in Parliament. They get very excited (because) people are watching and the whole country is watching.

“If he has retracted and apologised, we just leave it, ” the Minister in charge of National Unity and Social Wellbeing told reporters at the Parliament lobby on Wednesday (Dec 4).

He was referring to the incident on Tuesday (Dec 3) where Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman (BN-Pasir Salak) had asked RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) whether the vibhuti on his forehead was Chin Peng’s ashes.

The ashes of the insurgent who had led the Communist Party of Malaya was brought back into the country and scattered here, which has also raised an outcry.

Waytha said that such remarks should not have been used.

“For the Hindus it is holy ash, but to link that with the ashes of a person who is no longer alive, I think it is a deliberate insult which I don’t think is proper, ” he added.

Meanwhile Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi reminded Opposition leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob to inform all Barisan MPs to not raise sensitive or religious issues.

“We must respect all religion and races. Personally, I am very concerned when it comes issues involving the sensitivity of any religion, ” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

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