The riots that broke out at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ25, Putra Heights, on Monday, should serve as a wake-up call for Malaysians over their collective responsibility to preserve the country’s peace and stability, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
He cautioned politicians and non-governmental organisations (NGOs) against issuing statements that could be deemed as provocative and subsequently trigger unease.
“Politicians, leaders of NGOs and parties with vested interests should not attempt to fish in troubled waters.
“The rights and freedom of speech does not mean that one can say anything that is deemed to be provocative against the sensitivities of others.”
Dr Mahathir was addressing the Dewan Rakyat in the wake of the riots in the vicinity of the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Monday and Tuesday.
He appealed for calm and urged the people not to get involved in activities that could serve as a basis for instigation and sedition, thus worsening the situation.