Stop blaming past government for Selangor woes, says Gerakan

FERNANDO FONG


KUALA LUMPUR: Gerakan vice-president Datuk Dr Dominic Lau said Selangor senior exco member Datuk Teng Chang Khim should stop blaming the past government for its mistake.


He said Teng did the right thing in admitting it was his fault that the Selangor Manual Guideline and State Planning Standard places controversial restrictions on non-Muslim places of worship.


Teng said he had noticed the restrictive clauses when the draft was first presented to him, and instructed for changes to be made but he failed to double-check the amendments later on.


“Sadly, old habits die hard and typical of DAP, he blamed the previous state government for the restrictions in the guidelines.


“It was not yesterday that they formed the state government with PKR, it has been 10 years now,” said Lau in a statement.


Lau was referring to a statement by Teng which was published in a Chinese newspaper today, in which the latter claimed that the restrictions had already been in place when Barisan Nasional was the state government in Selangor.


Some of the requirements in the guidelines, which came into effect in January, include the need to seek permission from residents within a 200m radius to building a new non-Muslim place of worship.


There is also a requirement for non-Muslim worship buildings to be lower than the nearest mosque.


Additionally, non-Muslim places of worship are not allowed to be built within 50m of a Muslim’s home.


Teng was blasted by the public for failing to ensure that the restrictive clauses in the guidelines were not revoked or amended.


He had since promised to have the controversial provisions to be suspended until further notice.