There is hardly any connection between a pig abattoir, pork and non-Malay (read: Chinese) rights. When asked to state my position on the recent demolition of the only pig abattoir in Kedah, I would like to ask the parties concerned to put health, environment and cleanliness at the top of their priority list.
I have seen a picture of the abattoir. The condition was appalling and dirty. Pork sellers and distributors who were using the facility should not merely focus on profit taking. They should work out with the state government to set up a clean, modern and environmentally friendly facility to conduct their business.
To those politicians who are fighting to keep the abattoir, please stop relating it to my right. Mind you, pork is not the only source of protein to the Chinese. Many of us would not mind substituting pork for another white meat.
It is time for our pork industry to clean up their act and stop turning this into a race or religious issue. The fact is we would not have been able to see pork on sale or eat pork freely had it been truly a religious issue.