Several vehicles from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) were blocked by the rioters at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at USJ 25, Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, Selangor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / Malaysia Gazette / 26 NOVEMBER 2018.
Several vehicles from the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) were blocked by the rioters at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple at USJ 25, Putra Heights, Subang Jaya, Selangor. PIX: HAZROL ZAINAL / Malaysia Gazette / 26 NOVEMBER 2018.

By Kasthuri Jeevendran

PETALING JAYA – As of 1.00 a.m. this morning, no Indian Minister was seen at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple, despite the situation was getting more tensed.

Yesterday, the ministers read out statements on the violent incident at the Hindu temple by blaming the Royal Malaysia Police for not being serious in handling the issue, which caused more than 10 vehicles to be torched.

The situation ignited the anger among thousands of Hindu devotees who gathered at the temple. Representative of the group had given an hour to the Indian ministers to come forward and assist them on the issue.

Ironically, the similar thing happened during the demolishment of a Hindu temple in Kampung Jawa, which led to the Hindraf revolution.

The riot at the 140-year-old Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Seafields ignited the anger of the Indian community towards the developer for insisting to drive them out of the area.

According to them, the Indians are represented by four ministers and plenty of people’s representatives in the government but they were cowards and none of them cared.

“Where is Waytha? He was very outspoken about the Indian community issues, especially the temples in the past.

“He is now a minister, what happened? We are tired of being treated like this.

“We voted for change but we were blatantly cheated! You all only know how to talk.

“If you don’t come here and give directives about this temple, we will move to One City and destroy them like what they did to us,” the group said.

MalaysiaGazette who was at the scene witnessed the clear anger and disappointment of the community towards the government who allowed the sentiments of Indians to be forsaken.

Many of them braved through the traffic and walked almost two kilometres to reach the location.

Vehicles carrying the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) were blocked from entering the area and violence took place when several vehicles were torched.

The rages were shown when some of them tried to overturn a tanker trying to enter the area.

The fire and rescue department were also driven out of the area. -MalaysiaGazette

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