PUTRAJAYA: A group of activists led by vocal lawyer Siti Kasim today gathered outside the Prime Minister’s Office in a show of solidarity for P Waytha Moorty, amid growing calls for the minister in charge of unity to take responsibility for the death of a fireman during a temple fracas.
“There are many things that many people don’t know. He is not just for the Hindus and Indians, he is working for the unity of everyone.
“As a Malay myself, I do not see him as sidelining any race or religion,” Siti Kasim told reporters today, adding that Waytha has also been “working really hard” for the Orang Asli community.
Calls for Waytha to resign grew louder after the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, some two weeks after he was assaulted by a mob outside the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple.
Waytha and several ministers had been criticised by leaders from both sides of the divide for accusing the police of inaction when the temple was attacked by another mob a day earlier.
But Siti Kasim said the calls for Waytha to step down were “selective persecution” by people who are out to get political mileage.
“I hope the people of Malaysia can see through what’s being done right now,” she said.
The pro-Waytha memorandum today, backed by 211 organisations, was received by Abu Bakar Yahya, political secretary to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
It hit out at groups “attempting to bully Malaysians into submission”, and called for public support towards the investigations into the circumstances surrounding the temple protests and Adib’s death.
It said blaming Waytha for Adib’s death was a distraction from the real problems affecting the country such as religious intolerance and racism.
On Friday, some 200 people marched to the complex housing the Prime Minister’s Office, urging the government to sack Waytha.
“We also ask the prime minister to whisper to Selangor Menteri Besar (Amirudin Shari) to sack Ganabatirau,” said Gerakan Pembela Ummah chairman Aminuddin Yahya in his memorandum, referring to Selangor exco V Ganabatirau, who had come under fire for initially blaming the temple violence on Muslims.