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Monday, November 15, 2010

KOK MARGINALIZED THE INDIANS?


Kok upset over Murali's outburst

PETALING JAYA: State executive councillor Teresa Kok will lodge a formal complaint with PKR against the party's Puchong branch chairman S. Murali for his outburst during a school visit to resolve a dispute.

"I want the PKR leaders to know how a member of their party behaved towards Subang Jaya Municipal Council president Datuk Adnan Ikshan and me when we visited a demolition site in Puchong on Thursday," she said.

Murali had lashed out at Kok and Adnan when they visited the site at SJKT Castlefield before a scheduled press conference to resolve a dispute involving a temple store there, accusing them of trying to gain cheap publicity.

Kok, who is DAP national organising secretary, said she had remained silent throughout because she did not want to pick a fight with Murali.

"Murali has an issue with me because I dealt directly with the school's board of governors and not with the parent-teacher association, of which his cousin N. Sevanesan is the president.

"Last year, Sevanesan sent out text messages to the public saying that I marginalised the Indians and that I would only defend the Malay and Chinese communities. This is simply not true," she explained.

At the press conference held at another venue on Thursday, Adnan offered an alternative piece of land to the temple to rebuild its store that was demolished on Nov 2.

PKR supreme council member Dr Xavier Jayakumar, who is also a Selangor exco member, described Murali's behaviour as "unacceptable".

"Teresa has reported the matter to us. As the Puchong PKR chairman, he should have set an example on how problems should be resolved, rather than being the problem himself," he said.

Jayakumar said the PKR disciplinary committee would meet on Murali's actions. [the star]

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