Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin has rebuked federal minister P Waytha Moorthy over his conduct in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple issue.
In a blogpost made in his personal capacity, Kadir said Waytha was the minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of unity and social well-being, yet his recent actions had helped strengthen neither.
Kadir, the media adviser to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, also said Mahathir had already “advised” Waytha. However, he did not say what the advice was.
“But our prime minister is kind-hearted and even when he is angry, people may not realise it. Waytha, who has not known Mahathir for a long time, should not be so gung-ho and comfortable with his position.
“Remember, you were not chosen by the people. You are a senator appointed by the king and made a minister by Mahathir. Please do not embarrass our king and prime minister,” he said, inviting Waytha to leave a comment in his blog if he was unhappy with his words.
The temple relocation saga has seen a lengthy legal battle, protests and chaos, including burned vehicles, mob violence, an attack on the temple and damage to property.