PETALING JAYA – MIC Youth chief Datuk Sivarraajh Chandran (pic) is calling for Selangor senior exco member Datuk Teng Chang Khim’s resignation after his “silly mistake” in allowing the revised state’s guidelines on the construction of non-Muslim places of worship.
The guidelines came into effect in January, and have many clauses that were deemed restrictive and not within the spirit of freedom of worship enshrined in the Federal Constitution.
“Although Datuk Teng has openly apologised to the public and took full responsibility, his gross mistake led to an undesired situation in having the revised guideline,” said Sivarraajh in a statement on Monday.
Teng took responsibility and apologised over the state’s guidelines on Monday.
He said he noticed the restrictive clauses when the draft was first presented to him, and asked a Shah Alam City Hall councillor to mark the clauses that were unsuitable for a multi-religious community.
However, Teng admitted to not double-checking the amendments when the state’s planning department passed him the finalised copy.
Sivarraajh expressed his surprise over Teng overlooking the checking of amendments.
“It shows DAP has a poor and weak leader in the Selangor state administration.
“Not only DAP, but the whole Pakatan government should be held responsible for this mistake,” he said.
Sivarraajh chided non-Muslim Opposition members who have remained silent in wake of Teng’s mistake.
“DAP must take a stern disciplinary action against him. At least as suggested by Datuk Teng himself, it’s better for him to step down from his position,” he said.
Under the Selangor Manual Guideline and Selangor State Planning Standard guidelines, it is a recommendation that non-Muslim places of worship should not be built within 50m of a home owned by Muslims.
The guidelines also recommend that the height of new non-Muslim places of worship must be lower than the nearest mosque, and any such construction in areas with a multiracial population requires the consent of residents within a 200m radius.
Teng said he would bring the matter up at the state executive council meeting on Wednesday and ask for the provisions above to be suspended until further notice.