KUALA LUMPUR – The Vice-President of PKR, Datuk Xavier Jayakumar urged the Menteri Besar (MB) of Kedah, Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor to resign immediately as he does not qualify to lead the state.
Xavier, who is also the Member of Parliament (MP) of Kuala Langat said, from the logging issue in Ulu Muda, rare earth mining, purchase of luxury car when the country is hit by the pandemic, Sanusi has shown his real character to Malaysians when he cancelled the public holiday for Thaipusam.
He also questioned if the decision reflects the principles of PAS for all or he merely wanted to show his power as the MB by announcing that the similar will be applied for the Chinese New Year celebration next month.
He said, the decision to revoke the event holiday for Thaipusam is shocking and has never been done by the previous government despite the country was also facing the pandemic last year.
“It is shocking coming even from a PAS-led government as none of their previous state governments have made such a decision before. Cancelling a public holiday simply because Hindus are not allowed to gather at temples or hold processions for Thaipusam this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic is completely unacceptable. This clearly shows that they are arrogant, insensitive, and out of touch with the people.
“Last year, no public holiday was cancelled despite there being the pandemic.
“Furthermore, the Kedah Menteri Besar clearly does not understand the meaning of Thaipusam as it is not just about the procession and temple gatherings, but a day of prayer and penance devoted to Lord Muruga. All of this can still be observed at home, just like Hari Raya,” he said in his Facebook post.
Yesterday, Muhammad Sanusi announced that Kedah will not be having a public holiday for Thaipusam this year as all activities related to the celebration have been cancelled due to the Movement Control Order (MCO).
Xavier provocatively questioned the real intention of Muhammad Sanusi in revoking the Thaipusam public holiday.
“Is it because the Malaysian Hindu community is a minority that he sees fit to pick on it?
“I want to remind him that Malaysia has a multi-racial, multi-religious and multi-cultural society. This sort of xenophobic behaviour has no place in it,” he said. –MalaysiaGazette