‘Tem­ple in­trud­ers hired by firm’s lawyers’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS - BY RAJVINDER SINGH

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Lawyers of the de­vel­oper at the cen­tre of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman tem­ple is­sue hired a group of thugs to tres­pass into the premises, said Home Min­is­ter Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin.

He said po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­vealed that RM150,000 was handed to the group leader by the lawyers, and the money was used to pay some 50 men to in­trude into the tem­ple.

“The ir­re­spon­si­ble and un­law­ful tres­pass an­gered Hindu devo­tees and this re­sulted in fights and prop­erty dam­age.

“The be­hav­iour and ac­tions of par­ties as­so­ci­ated the de­vel­oper had vi­o­lated the law. If ac­tion had not been taken, there would have been a clash.”

Two lawyers were among the 21 who have been ar­rested over the un­rest.

“We should not al­low an iso­lated in­ci­dent in­volv­ing a dis­pute be­tween the de­vel­oper and the tem­ple com­mit­tee to cause racial and re­li­gious dishar­mony,” he said, adding that the Home Min­istry and po­lice will take ac­tion against any party mak­ing racist state­ments that are provoca­tive or sedi­tious, or spread false news and or­gan­ise gath­er­ings to cre­ate racial ten­sion.

Muhyid­din said there was no need for dec­la­ra­tion of a cur­few it as the po­lice had man­aged to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion.

Ber­nama re­ported that the re­mand or­der against two rep­re­sen­ta­tives of One City De­vel­op­ment Sdn Bhd has been ex­tended by three days, un­til Satur­day.

A two-day re­mand against them was is­sued on Tues­day.

A four-day re­mand or­der was also is­sued against four other in­di­vid­u­als, aged be­tween 20 and 40.

They were re­manded un­der the Pe­nal Code.

At­tempts to ob­tain com­ments from the de­vel­oper were un­suc­cess­ful at press time.

The sus­pects be­ing pro­duced at the mag­is­trate's court yes­ter­day.

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