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Friday January 4, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Monday April 22, 2013 MYT 4:39:10 PM
GEORGE TOWN: A group of devotees of a Hindu temple are unhappy that the temple chairman had disposed of a Mariamman goddess statue which was more than a century old.
One of its committee members who had since lodged a police report along with other members, claimed that the statue, aged about 120 years old, had remained stored in the temple although it was formally replaced with a new one in 2009.
“In a meeting in July last year, most committee members and the devotees had agreed to build an altar to place the historical statue there. However, in the annual general meeting held last Dec 30, we were shocked to be informed by the chairman that he had already disposed of the statue by throwing it into the sea off Batu Ferringhi.” he said.
When contacted, the chairman said the statue was previously kept in a section near the roof and it was already damaged over the years.
“We disposed of it according to the advice of a learned priest after we found out that some members had started to collect money from other devotees to conduct prayers to the old statue in the roof,” he claimed.
George Town OCPD Asst Comm Gan Kong Meng said an initial investigation found that there was no element of fraud and that the committee had already decided in a meeting to dispose of the statue.
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