I can help resolve temple issue, says AG
PETALING JAYA: Attorney-General Tommy Thomas (pix) yesterday said he can help resolve the ongoing land dispute between the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya and developer One City Development Sdn Bhd.
He said the dispute arose from a consent order that was recorded by the court in a civil lawsuit, adding that the attorney-general has the power to help settle the matter.
“I shall be happy to meet the lawyers representing all the parties to resolve their dispute against the background of the power conferred on the office of the attorney-general in respect of charitable trusts under Section 9 of the Government Proceedings Act, 1956,” he said yesterday.
He added the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) viewed the violence outside the temple with “utmost gravity”.
He also pointed out that the brutal attack on a firefighter who was performing his duties was “particularly appalling”.
Thomas said the police had briefed the AGC on the ongoing investigations into the riot outside the temple, adding that prosecutors will work with the police on this matter.
“In view of the seriousness and sensitivity of the matter, I have directed that the file be handled at headquarters level under the purview of the Head of Prosecution Division, who will keep me informed,” he added. – by Ashwin Kumar