Cow head left at Malaysian politician's gate

Cow head left at Malaysian politician's gate
Delivering hate: The suspect arriving at Rayer’s home with a sack believed to contain the cow’s head.

GEORGE TOWN- In what seemed to be reminiscent of a 2010 protest where a cow's head was used, a skinned cow's head was left in front of Seri Delima assemblyman R.S.N. Rayer's house.

Rayer, who caused an uproar with his "Umno celaka" remark at the state assembly last month, called police after his wife found the cow's head at the gate of their house in Tingkat Tembaga at 7am yesterday.

George Town OCPD Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said the case had been classified under Section 298A of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of religious enmity.

"We have obtained the CCTV footage of the incident. We will investigate the motive of the act," he said.

The footage showed an unidentified man wearing a helmet and mask arriving at his house at 5.58am. After dumping the animal head, he danced provocatively in front of the surveillance camera.

Rayer said he was saddened over the incident.

It was a rude and uncivilised act," he said at his house here.

In July 2010, two men were fined RM3,000 each by a Shah Alam Sessions Court for stomping on a cow's head in a protest against the relocation of a temple.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said yesterday's act was something that everyone would find deplorable.

"We are appalled by this abominable act," he said, adding that such a tactic was meant to intimidate.

Lim said the incident was akin to attacking the Hindus as the cow was a sacred animal to them.

Penang Hindu Association deputy president P. Murugiah said it was very insulting to the Hindus, adding that the culprits should not have gone to such an extent to do such a thing.

In Kuala Lumpur, MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai condemned the incident, saying:

"We condemn this kind of act as it will create tension among the races. This is a multi-racial country and we have to be sensitive to every race."

In Kuala Kubu Baru, Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi expressed sympathy, adding that the incident was a result of Rayer having a mulut celupar (loose cannon).

"As a politician, I sympathise with what he has to go through. But that is the price for being a mulut celupar," he said.

Penang Barisan Nasional chairman Teng Chang Yeow described it as a cowardly act.

"There is no need for this in a multi-racial society," he said.

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