Compiled by Sira Habibu, C. Aruno and R. Aravinthan
HINDU residents in Batu Caves, Selangor, have voiced their dismay over heaps of deity statues and pictures discarded on the river bank there, Makkal Osai reported.
The residents who did not want to be identified said the statues and images of Hindu deities were carried by devotees during the Thaipusam procession.
After completing their vows, the devotees would usually dissolve the statues in the river and burn the pictures in a proper ceremony.
However some simply chose to conveniently discard them.
The Batu Caves temple management should have cleaned the areas after the festival, they said.
> Families at the former Heywood Estate in Sungai Siput were overjoyed after the plantation company agreed to allocate 4ha for their housing, Makkal Osai reported.
The land allocation was announced by Sime Darby following a discussion with Human Resources Minister M. Kulasegaran.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.