Group calls for probe into destruction of old temple


  • Nation
  • Friday, 05 Jun 2020

Compiled by SIRA HABIBU, C. ARUNO and R. ARAVINTHAN

THE Hindu community in Taiping was shocked to see a small temple demolished and completely removed without any notification, reported Makkal Osai.

Malaysia Hindu Sabha secretary G. Shanmugam said the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, which was located in Kementah, was said to be over 100 years old.

During discussions between the state government and temple bodies, then Perak mentri besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abd Kadir’s special officer for Indian affairs Datuk V. Elango promised that no temples in the state would be torn down.

The authorities had also assured Hindu organisations that they would be informed before any action was taken on temples.

Shanmugam claimed that the Mariamman temple had been quietly torn down and completely removed without a trace under cover of the movement control order.

The association questioned whether the state government was aware of the demolition or if they were informed of the action.

The Sabha has called on the authorities to investigate the matter and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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.

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