I can help re­solve tem­ple is­sue, says AG

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

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

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