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Seafield temple task force claims devotees wrongfully arrested
Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple task force chief S. Ramaji speaks during a press conference in Subang Jaya December 5, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali SUBANG JAYA, Dec 5 — The Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple today claimed that its devotees were wrongfully arrested by police as they were absent from riots at the place of worship last week.The Save Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple task force during a press conference today brought forward these allegations after receiving complaints from family members of those arrested.“Some who were never here during the incident were also arrested,” said task force member Datuk A Chandrakumanan.“We don’t want to interfere with police evidence but we are asking for them to be fair; if there is evidence, then take action,” he said.Task force chairman S. Ramaji said as many as 12 families of 18 detainees have come forward to the task force enquiring on the status of their arrested relatives.“After seeing their relatives get arrested, some after giving a statement, others are now in fear or coming forward to record their statements,” said Ramaji.MORE TO COME [...]
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Crowdfunding initiative to save Seafield Temple raises RM2 million so far
PETALING JAYA: News that RM2 million has already been pledged towards the ‘Save Seafield Temple Fund’ so far, brought some cheer to the management and devotees gathered at the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple in USJ 25 today.The news was greeted with loud applause when Berjaya Group Founder Tan Sri Vincent Tan announced that the amount had been reached with a RM500,000 donation pledged by businessman Datuk Anathkumar Alagu.Another RM1.5 million had been pledged by Tan, who started the ball rolling by pledging RM500,000 on Friday, and was almost immediately joined by Tan Sri Barry Goh who previously headed MCT Bhd and Nirvana Group founder Tan Sri David Kong, both of whom had matched his donation.Tan, who had mooted the crowdfunding initiative to buy the land on which the temple stands from the landowner, visited the temple this evening.Speaking at a press conference together with Water, Land and Natural Resources Dr Xavier Jayakumar, Tan said he decided to step in to raise funds and assist in the negotiations, as he was disturbed by the hostility and violence that followed a court order on the temple’s relocation.“This should not be happening in our peaceful country Malaysia. We of all different races have co-existed for so long.“The landowner and majority shareholder is a Philippines based company called Ayala Corporation. They own 66% of the land. They are a very respectable company and I understand are very charitable and do a lot of CSR (corporate social responsibility) projects.“So when the bosses know the situation is like this, I am sure they will come up with some good solutions. We will discuss matters with them and wait for their decision. Perhaps they will give us a discount on the sale of the land or even give it away,“ he added.Tan also pledged to donate RM50,000 to the 24-year-old fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim, who was severely injured after being assaulted by protestors at the temple early on Monday last week.“I hope they will forgive the people responsible, and God willing, Adib will fully recover with time and medical treatment and be able to resume his duties as a fireman,“ he said, adding he was relieved that to hear that Muhammad Adib had regained consciousness and was showing positive signs of recovery.“Please don’t quarrel or fight. Why do we need to fight? Malaysia is our country. It’s a good country. We are under a new government now and have a great prime minister who works so hard at the age of 93,“ he said after meeting with the temple’s task force committee on the relocation.Meanwhile, Xavier said the rule of law still applies to the case and that there was a court order on the eviction of the temple.“The court order still stands and this should not set a precedence to other temples in a similar situation in future. We will be enacting laws on this.“Only Ayala is in a position to drop the court case. As for now, the temple will not be touched,“ he added.However, he said discussions will be held with the landowner, who are prepared to hear out proposals and suggestions.“We are in touch with them and there are some technicalities to be sorted out,“ said Xavier, who lauded the initiative of Tan and other wellwishers to purchase the land to keep the temple as it is.Pertubuhan Pusat Aduan Rakyat Malaysia President Datuk A. Chandrakumanan, who is a member of the temple’s task force, expressed the hope that more people will come forward to contribute towards the fund so that the temple will remain at its current location for good. [...]
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Dr M: Still room for appeal in Seafield temple’s legal dispute
Mahathir said that Putrajaya could not interfere in the land dispute as the state has full jurisdiction over the matter instead of the federal government. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 29 — The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple faction fighting to remain at the current site still has legal options available, said the prime minister after the High Court dismissed today the group’s application to stay the court-mandated relocation.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters today that the matter could be pursued all the way up to the Federal Court.“We have three layers of courts. If the first level makes a decision, you can appeal it to the second (level) and then you can appeal to the third. Finally, if the third layer says something, that is final” said Dr Mahathir when asked on the options available to the group.However, he noted that the High Court previously granted an order for the temple to be relocated and that the temple’s task force did not comply.Dr Mahathir observed that the previous ruling was in favour of the landowner, developer One City Development Sdn Bhd, but expressed suspicion that the firm had tried to take matters into its own hands.“So, according to the courts, the developer has the right. So I believe the developer is trying to move the temple by themselves and, in the process, they used Malays. We don’t ask Malays to protect a Hindu temple as much as we don’t ask Hindus to protect mosques.“What happened is that this incident (the violent riots at the temple) happened as a result of that. But we are still bound by the decision of the court,” Dr Mahathir explained.He also said that Putrajaya could not interfere in the land dispute as the state has full jurisdiction over the matter instead of the federal government.At the same time, the prime minister also promised to look into the dispute to ensure that such incidents will not occur again.“One of the problems with such incidents is that places of worship are built on land that does not belong to them. Then when the owner claims it, there is a problem.“So in the future all places of worship must first get permission from the state government before they can build such places,” said Dr Mahathir.He also said that the full brunt of the law will be applied on the developer if they were found to have committed any crimes. [...]
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PM: Seafield temple riots nothing to do with race, religion
Police personnel stand guard outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple November 27, 2018. ― Picture by Firdaus Latif KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 27 ― The violent riots at the Hindu temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya that caused injuries and property damage had nothing to do with race or religion, but was a criminal matter, the prime minister said today.Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that stern action will be taken against the criminals involved and any masterminds of the unrest over the past two days.“Racial issues or religious issues did not arise at all although it is related to the temple’s relocation,” he said in a statement today.“Once again I stress that this incident is a criminal incident and has no relation at all to other elements,” he concluded in his statement.In the same statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office, Dr Mahathir said he had been keeping track of and has received the latest updates from the police on investigations into the rioting yesterday at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple at Seafield, USJ25, Subang Jaya.“It is very clear from preliminary investigations that the first incident that happened had criminal elements. The same too for the subsequent incident that involved property damage and injury to police personnel,” he said.“As it is related to crime, the police have been ordered to take further action to handle and control this situation immediately,” he added.Dr Mahathir said the government regrets the “irresponsible actions of criminals” who stirred up chaos at the temple’s area and injured members of the security forces and rescue personnel during the riot.“The criminals who tried to carry out rioting and who injured security and rescue personnel, including destroying public property will face stern action according to existing laws.“For the masterminds, if any, behind these incidents they too will not escape from facing the appropriate punishment,” he said, adding that the government also advised the public against listening to rumours or spreading irresponsible messages.The unrest at the Hindu temple’s area is reportedly believed to be linked to a land dispute matter, with the Shah Alam High Court already recording a consent judgment in 2014 for the temple said to be over 100-years-old to be relocated from its current site that is under the ownership of One City Development Sdn Bhd.Pre-dawn clashes yesterday at the temple resulted in 18 cars and two motorcycles torched, while a gathering late last night by demonstrators at the temple area later turning violent and stretching into the wee hours of the day today.Five more cars and the office of developer One City were damaged in the second rioting incident, while the courts has allowed the police to remand 19 individuals who were arrested to assist in investigations.A 24-year-old fireman was seriously injured after being attacked by the mob before dawn today, and is reportedly in critical condition and in the intensive care unit of a hospital. [...]
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