Malaysians are allowed to protest, but not to the extent of using violence, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Dr Mahathir said that the riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, which started early Monday (Nov 26) morning, was not just a protest.
“Although we want to be liberal and allow for demonstrations, but trying to kill is not a demonstration. It is attempted murder,” he said after visiting critically injured fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Wednesday (Nov 28).
“Without modern medical assistance, he would be dead by now. That is murder,” he added.
He said that the temple committee should have alerted the police when the thugs trespassed on temple grounds.
“They should have alerted police that individuals were trespassing on temple grounds, but they didn’t.