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Published: Tuesday April 16, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:01:51 AM

Temple receives threatening letter to remove political flag

LABIS: A Hindu temple in Chaah has lodge a police report against DAP for allegedly threatening the temple priest and trespassing into the temple.

According to the police report, Dewa Maha Sri Mariamman temple committee chairman S. Karthigesu said the priest M. Prem Kumar received a letter from a man on Thursday night, wanting him to remove the Barisan Nasional flag from the temple compound.

He said the man warned that they would hold a demonstration in front of the temple if the flag was not taken down within 24 hours.

It was a threatening letter, they also trespassed into the temple to take photographs without permission.

We are flying the Barisan flag to show our appreciation towards the party for helping the temple including allocation to upgrade the facilities and infrastructures.

We are against DAP which has interfered into the temples affairs and made it into their political issue, he said.

When met at the temple, the temple secretary P. Govinthan, said to respect the religion, party flags could not be put up inside the temple.

The Barisan flag was put outside the temple building and has nothing to do with the religion, we have the right to do it for the benefit of the temple.

The irony is that those who are causing trouble are not devotees or followers of the temple, he said.

He added that the temple committee had a meeting two weeks ago and decided to put up the flag since the week before parliament was dissolved.

Govinthan said in fact, the temple put up many flag around the temple in 2008 compared with only a single one now, but no one came and questioned it in 2008.

“I guess no one cared before the 2008 general election,” he said, adding that they hope the police would investigate and take action for the safety of the temple and the people.

A slight commotion happened at the temple ground during Deputy Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Deputy Minister Datuk Chua Tee Yongs visited to the temple yesterday when a man came and had a verbal argument with Govinthan over the Barisans flag.

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