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Wan Azizah Rapped For Being Silent Over Church Demolition

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PETALING JAYA: MCA has taken Kajang assemblyman Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to task for her silence in the demolition of the remains of the disused St Joseph’s Church in Kajang.

MCA religious harmony bureau deputy chairman Datuk Ng Chok Sin said the PKR president failed to inform the residents of the demolition, which was carried out by Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) last Tuesday.

“It must be noted that the residents of Brehma Estate had come out to chase away the MPKj contractors.

“It is obvious from the residents’ reaction that the public were unaware of any consent by the church.

“Sufficient notice ought to be given to the public officers in the know like the local state assemblyman,” he said in a statement Friday.

He also said it was “perplexing” why MPKj under the Pakatan-led Selangor government conducted the demolition at night.

Ng expressed disappointment with Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, whom he said had “seized this as an opportunity” to pit the Catholic Church against MCA.

It was earlier reported that Dr Ong had called on Ng to apologise to those affected by his statement on the demolition.

Dr Ong had said that this was because the Catholic Church had previously agreed to the demolition of the church’s remaining structure.

But Ng said there should have been an immediate clarification from Dr Wan Azizah or MPKj, and not the Serdang DAP MP to “politicise the issue”.

He also suggested that Dr Ong stop trying to drag the church into politics.

“Instead, (he should) press the local authorities in Kajang to be more forthcoming and forthright in the demolition of any structure, rather than clandestinely swing into action only at night,” he said.

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