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Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Tuesday September 3, 2013 MYT 1:19:44 PM
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Tengku Adnan (centre) displaying a copy of an earlier notice to evacuate the temple.
KUALA LUMPUR: The statues of deities at the Sri Muneswarar Kaliamman Hindu Temple here were carefully removed during a partial demolition work that was carried out at the back of the 101-year-old temple, Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said.
“The statues were removed carefully and not destroyed.
“However, DBKL (City Hall) will look into beautifying the rest of the temple,” he told reporters, adding that there was no intention to desecrate the place.
The demolition involves taking 2.43m of space at the back of the temple for a buffer as part of a project by Hap Seng Consolidated Bhd.
Tengku Adnan said the temple in Jalan P. Ramlee will not be demolished for development, adding that once the construction work is completed, the temple walls would be restored.
A look inside the temple showed that four statues, which had been placed on the ground in front of the shrines, were partially damaged due to the hammering to remove them.
PKR vice-presidents R. Sivarasa and N. Surendran, speaking at a press conference, called for the Government to restore the allegedly desecrated Hindu idols in the original position and retain the 2.4m plot, failing which they would lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.
Surendran said the removal of the statues was not done in a proper manner.
“The proper way is to first carry out a special 48-day ritual before removing them,” he said.
MIC Youth has urged other political parties, irrespective of their ideologies, to discuss and protect the religious rights of the Indian community.
Its youth chief T. Mohan said the meeting was necessary to discuss ways to protect temples from being torn down.
“We would like to invite other political parties, Indian non-governmental organisations and religious organisations to give their views before submitting recommendations to the Government,” he said in a statement.
Mohan was among eight who were detained after they tried to stop DBKL from demolishing the back wall of the temple. They were released after questioning.
He said the Government had to take a serious view as demolishing of temples was a sensitive issue.
“I feel the Government should consider setting up a Hindu Religious Affairs Department as there are numerous problems facing the temples in the country,” he said.
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