Amicable plan sought over eviction notice for temple


Compiled by C. ARUNO, IYLIA MARSYA ISKANDAR and R. ARAVINTHAN

HINDU residents in Kapar, Selangor, are up in arms over an attempt to remove a 130-year-old temple known as the Sri Maha Mariamman, Malaysia Nanban reported.

Devotees said the temple, which is located at the former Bukit Raja plantation, was first built in 1889 and had continuously served the workers and the community.

Temple committee chairman Balasundram Venkadasalam said that they recently received an evacuation notice, stating that the temple was encroaching onto land belonging to the plantation company-turned-developer.

The notice demanded that the land be handed back to its owner to make way for a residential project.

The developer has given various reasons for wanting the temple to be relocated elsewhere, including possible flooding hazards from a proposed retention pond nearby.

MIC vice-president Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay and Selangor MIC chairman MB Raja vowed to bring up the issue with the state government for a peaceful solution.

> A student in Tamil Nadu slashed a classmate to death for insulting his sister, the daily also reported.

Police detained several suspects after the 17-year-old, identified as Gokul, was found dead. One of his classmates confessed to the killing.

The unnamed suspect claimed that he had been bullied by the victim and his friends over the past three months.

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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