Relocation of Hindu temple in Malaysia deffered

Last Updated: Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 17:41

Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian government has
temporarily deferred the relocation of a 150-year-old Hindu
temple following the failure of talks between Muslim residents
of the proposed site and State Chief Minister to resolve the
issue.

Residents of section 23 of the Shah Alam neighbourhood
reportedly shouted profanities during the two hour meeting
with some trying to throw chairs and shoes, local media
reported.

"It was an extremely rowdy meeting with some residents
opposing the relocation of the temple," the news reports said.

The meeting was held today after last Friday`s protest
by a group of Muslims who have opposed the relocating of a
Hindu shrine from section 19 to the proposed section 23.
During their protest to the state secretariat building last
Friday, one of the protesters indulged in an act which is
considered hurtful by the minority community.

Selangor Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was told by
some of the residents that they opposed the relocation of the
temple. The crowd of around 200 people almost got out of hand
when some supporters for the relocation voiced their stand.

Meanwhile, state news agency Bernama reported that the
Selangor government had temporarily deferred the relocation of
the century old Maha Mariamman temple.

The Chief Minister told reporters that the decision to
defer the relocation was made after taking into consideration
the views of the people in the area.

Khalid, however, said the relocation of the Section 19
temple would have to be resolved soon as the problem had been
going on for nearly 20 years.

"This is not easy. The next step is to discuss on the
suitable site to relocate the temple. We should resolve this
as soon as possible as it can create issues among the
residents," he said.

Bureau Report
The Malaysian government has
temporarily deferred the relocation of a 150-year-old Hindu
temple following the failure of talks between Muslim residents
of the proposed site and State Chief Minister to resolve the
issue.



First Published: Saturday, September 5, 2009 - 17:41

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