PETALING JAYA: Preliminary investigations into the Sri Maha Mariamman temple riots indicate the presence of criminal elements, says the Prime Minister, pledging that they would be brought to justice.
“The criminals who tried to create disturbances and injured our security and rescue personnel, as well as damaged public property, will face stern action according to the law.
“And if there are puppet masters behind these incidents, they too will not escape from receiving appropriate punishment,” said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a statement issued from his office on Tuesday.
The Prime Minister added that he had been following the developments of the temple riots since Monday, and said there was no racial or religious issue involved, although the protests were related to the temple’s relocation from USJ25 to USJ23 in Subang Jaya.
“As they (the riots) are criminally-related, the police have been ordered to take further action to handle and control the situation as soon as possible.
“The government also regrets the irresponsible actions of criminals who have caused chaos in the temple area, and injured security and rescue personnel," said Dr Mahathir.