SEREMBAN: Vandals splashed red paint on a surau in Taman Pulai Impian, Sikamat, near here, and left broken bottles there early Monday.
The incident was discovered by residents who arrived for subuh (dawn) prayers, said Taman Pulai Impian Surau committee chairman Mohd Hasbi Ismail.
"I believe the incident could have occurred between 3.30am and 4am and I lodged a police report," he said.
He said the right side of the front wall, floor and glass door were splashed with red paint while broken pieces of four liquor bottles were found in front of the surau.
"I am saddened over the incident as it smeared a place of worship and the sanctity of Ramadan," he said.
The surau, which is not fenced up, was opened on July 24.
Mohamad Zaki Masroh, director of the state's criminal investigation department, said police have no suspects yet or any leads on a motive for the attack, adding that he hoped the public would remain calm and allow police to investigate the case.
Meanwhile, political leaders tweeted their condemnation of the incident.
"MCA Youth is saddened by the incident and condemns the culprits," the party's Youth chief Datuk Seri Dr Wee Ka Siong wrote.
He urged stern action by the police against the culprits.
MIC Youth chief T. Mohan described the attack as an act against the practices of Malaysians.
"This is not our culture. MIC Youth condemns such vandalism," he said.
DAP leader Lim Kit Siang called on all Malaysians to protest the incident.