PETALING JAYA: Most of the Malaysian Indian community believe that the competing chairmen of the two rival managing committees of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple should be relieved of their duty, says P. Waytha Moorthy (pic).
“The general consensus among the Malaysian Indian community is that the two chairmen should be relieved of managing the temple.
“A public-oriented committee comprising various legitimate stakeholders should be set up to oversee the administration of the temple,” said the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in a statement Monday (Dec 3).
The Malaysian Hindu Sangam’s proposal to act as a mediator with regards to the temple issue “would not be necessary at this stage as both the federal and state governments are already taking vital steps to safeguard the interest of the temple”, he added.
Waytha Moorthy reiterated that the Selangor state executive council and Pakatan Harapan ministers are working closely to reach an immediate and amicable solution to the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple issue.
He noted that Attorney General Tommy Thomas had said last Thursday (Nov 29) that he would be happy to meet the lawyers representing all the parties.
This is so as to “resolve their dispute against the background of the power conferred on the office of the Attorney General in respect of charitable trusts under Section 9 of the Government Proceedings Act 1956,” Thomas had said.
Earlier Monday, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun said that 68 people have been arrested so far to help in investigations into last Monday’s (Nov 26) riot at the Seafield temple, adding that more might be arrested.
The temple, which is slated for relocation, became the scene of violent clashes between two groups on Nov 26, with the violence spilling over to the next day.