PETALING JAYA: MIC Youth has criticised the Federal Territories Ministry and Kuala Lumpur City Hall for ignoring a Cabinet directive not to carry out demolition works at the Hindu temple in Jalan P. Ramlee on Sunday.
In a press statement, its chief T Mohan said officers from DBKL and the police have trespassed into the temple when they demolished part of the wall of the 101-year-old Sri Muniswarar Kaliamman temple.
“DBKL and police officers claimed that roadworks were being carried out but in fact DBKL personnel trespassed into the temple without any authority," he said.
Mohan said they had misled the people by claiming that there were shops near the temple, when in fact they were assisting in demolishing a portion of the temple to make way for a walkway.
Mohan said that DBKL staff had hurt the feelings of the temple committee in the way they had removed the deities.
“They wore shoes into the temple and some were even smoking,” he added.
In order to avoid a repeat of such an incident, Mohan urged political parties, irrespective of their differences, to come together and discuss the rights of Indian community, particularly religious issues.
He said that the time has come for the government to set up a Hindu Religious Affairs Department to look into problems faced by temples in Malaysia.
Eight people including two politicians were detained yesterday after they tried to stop Kuala Lumpur City Hall from demolishing the back wall of the 101-year-old the temple.
The Sri Muniswarar Kaliamman temple at Jalan P.Ramlee is the only temple for Hindus within Kuala Lumpur’s Golden Triangle business hub.
The temple, located on DBKL reserve land, was built in 1911. It was in danger of being demolished after Hap Seng Consolidated Berhad filed for a court order against the Kuala Lumpur mayor last year.
Hap Seng obtained a court order to demolish part of the temple structure because they needed an extra buffer area to obtain the CF for their 37-storey commercial centre and office building which is under construction next to the temple.