Third Hindu temple in Penang vandalised


  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Jul 2016

Shocking find: Kumar showing the damage to the statue of deity Mathuraiveeran.

GEORGE TOWN: Another Hindu temple has been desecrated, this time it’s the Dewa Sri Mathuraiveeran Temple in Kampung Sungai Nibong Kecil in Bayan Baru.

A statue of the deity Mathuraiveeran (warrior god) was smashed while a copper figure of Amman (goddess of Shakti) was stolen.

Temple committee chairman Kumar Ayahoo said a priest discovered the damage and theft at about 10pm on Saturday.

“This is shocking. It’s the first time such a thing has happened here since the temple was built 15 years ago,” he said, adding that a report was made at the Bayan Baru police station yesterday.

The temple is on squatter land, which has been earmarked for a housing and commercial development project.

“Early last month, my house beside the temple was burnt down while my family and I were outstation,” said Kumar.

Penang Island city councillor A. Kumaresan, who visited the site, urged police to take stern action against the culprits.

“It’s most unfortunate because many devotees in the area throng the temple every day,” he said.

Balik Pulau OCPD Supt Lai Fah Hin said police have started an investigation.

This is the third time a Hindu temple in Penang has been vandalised; the others were Sri Dharma Muniswarar Temple and Muthu Mariamman Temple in Seberang Prai, last month.

In April, statues at the Sri Muneswarar Amman Temple in Ipoh were found smashed.

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!
   

Next In Nation

Why is the Opposition looking out for govt’s interests? Saravanan questions ‘angry rakyat’ logic
Zahid attends closed-door meet with Johor BN reps, leaders
Three expected to be charged with abducting, causing hurt to businessman
Twelve students injured after van loses control, crashes on SKVE
Mosti in phytomining research collaboration with NanoMalaysia-UIAM tie-up
Saravanan says number of foreign workers in M'sia nearing pre-Covid-19 pandemic figures
Indian national jailed 14 years for causing death of co-worker
Dewan Rakyat passes amendments to Environmental Quality Act 1974
Prisons Dept proposes replacing obsolete more than 100-year-old jails
Four, including three in a family, charged with money laundering involving over RM300mil

Others Also Read