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Last Updated: Saturday, September 05, 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 05, 2009, 17:41


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