Eight held over temple issue

Eight held over temple issue
Smashed base of a statue of a temple deity

KUALA LUMPUR - Eight people including two politicians were detained here after they tried to stop Kuala Lumpur City Hall from demolishing the back wall of the 101-year-old Sri Muniswarar Kaliamman Hindu temple at Jalan P. Ramlee here.

MIC Youth chief T. Mohan, PKR's S. Jayathas and six others, who tried to stop the demolition, were detained and taken to the Dang Wangi police station for obstructing DBKL officers from carrying out their duties at about 11am yesterday, said Dang Wangi OCPD Asst Comm Zainuddin Ahmad.

ACP Zainuddin denied news reports yesterday that DBKL was trying to demolish the 101-year-old temple. The eight people have been released after their statements were recorded.

"City Hall was just moving the statues in the temple, not trying to break them. After some minor repairs to the road in the area, the statues will be put back in place," he told The Star when contacted.

"We believe that this is a misunderstanding. Maybe they thought DBKL was going to demolish the temple," said ACP Zainuddin.

Meanwhile, Datuk R. Ramanan, who is Special Officer to Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, also denied reports that DBKL had planned to demolish the temple.

Ramanan explained that the wall was to be demolished to create a pathway adjacent to the temple.

"They are not demolishing the temple. They are only breaking down the wall to make way for road repairs," he told The Star when contacted.

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