There seem to be contradicting reports over what Hishammuddin the Home Minister would do to the ‘cow head’ demonstrators. Via The Jakarta Post:
Malaysian police will take action against a group of Muslims who paraded through the streets with a bloodied cow head to protest the proposed construction of a Hindu temple in their neighborhood, the home minister said Thursday.
Opposition groups responded by accusing the government of playing politics and expressed disappointment that the culprits had yet to be charged.
Cows are a sacred animal in Hinduism, and last Friday’s protest in central Selangor state – in which the demonstrators vowed there would be bloodshed if the temple was built – has raised religious tension in this Muslim-majority country where Hindus comprise about 7 percent of the 27 million people.
Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said residents in the neighborhood told him at a meeting Wednesday that they did not mean to incite racial hatred but wanted to express dissatisfaction with the opposition-led state government for ignoring their complaints.
Still, he said, the country’s laws must be followed and action would be taken against those responsible.
“Police have identified those involved and will bring them to face justice,” he said in a statement. He gave no further details.
The above news report seem to contradict this report by local online news portal:
Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir threw his support today behind his Umno colleague Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein ‘s for defending the cow-head protestors of Section 23 in Shah Alam.
“The Home Ministry has taken some firm action and it is now up to the police to decide what to do next.
“Measures have to be taken in order to avoid things like this from happening again,” said the son of the former prime minister.
According to Mukhriz, the Home Minister made the right decision in suggesting the protestors should not be penalised.
“We have to avoid incidents that can possibly lead to or cause any racial tension. The issue of race and religion has always been a sensitive issue here in Malaysia,” Mukhriz said, suggesting that a move to charge the protestors would only cause more ‘public unrest.’