any international outcry to stop demolishing Hindu temples in
KUALA LUMPUR, December 02, 2007
According to local media, over 79 Hindu temples had been demolished
by the Malaysian government since 1957. The official reason given
by the Malaysian government has been that the temples were built
"illegally and all these temples must be demolish even temples
are centuries old.
- From February 2006, 19 Hindu temples have been demolished
- 100 years old, Maha Mariamman Temple in Padang Jawa
was demolished on October 30, 2007, just before Diwali.
Several hundred police personnel and local council authorities
clashed with the residents who sought to stop the demolition of
the temple. Even Malaysian minister has urged local authorities
to immediately cease demolition of Hindu temples after a 100-year-old
shrine was pulled down but it is still continue--- Click Photo------>
- Agence France-Presse, April 21, 2006 reports, "Malaysian
authorities have demolished a century-old Hindu temple in Kuala
Lumpur, bulldozing the building as devotees cried and begged them
to stop. The Malaimel Sri Selva Kaliamman Temple
was reduced to rubble after Kuala Lumpur's city hall sent in bulldozers.
In a complaint to police, the temple's vice president, Subramaniam
- About 300 devotees were praying when the machines arrived,
accompanied by police and city hall officials. 'We were forced
to stop our prayers and (rituals) halfway as they proceeded
to tear down the temple.
- The city hall tried in 2001 and again in 2004 to tear down
the building, which was on government land, but had been dissuaded
by politicians. 'Everybody was crying and saying how could
the government do this, but they still broke the temple. 'For
100 years, we prayed there. How could they come to remove
the temple?'. They were given just one day's notice of the
- Surinder Singh reports: On May 11, 2006, armed city hall officers
from Kuala Lumpur forcefully demolished part of a 90-year-old
suburban temple that serves more than 3,000 Hindus. According
to Hindraf, at least 300 police personnel and council workers
had cordoned off the temple. It said council workers began hurling
stones and beating devotees with sticks and batons when they tried
to halt the demolition. T Ganaraw, a lawyer who was at the scene
said- the demolition work began early in the morning but stopped
temporarily to allegedly allow residents to remove the temple's
deities. Demolition works continued at about 2pm. The fracas was
in full swing by 4pm, involving over 400 residents. "The
police were armed with automatic rifles. The temple is completely
smashed up, including the temple nursery," said Ganaraw.
NRI, the head of Malaysian Indian Congress, Mr. Samy Vellu said
the NRI community had no choice but to build their temples on private
or government-owned land, as they did not own any land of their
own to build the temples.
One local resident (not NRI) said, there is a fundamental difference
in what is happening in Malaysia and other islamic nations. Although
the previous prime minister declared the country to be islamic on
29th sep 2001..it isn't and it can't be. 40% of Malaysian citizens
are not muslims. what the Malaysian government is trying to do is
wipe out our rights. When every country in the world has programs
helping minorities, Malaysian govt is bullying us in to following
their way.....the islamic way.. destroy temples first, don't grant
permission to build another temple..etc..The world outside has no
idea what is actually happening in Malaysia..it is truly asia..but
not truly free and liberal.We used to be a model islamic nation.....now
we are talibanizing it.
When you live in a land with 60% muslim population, then your voice
gets drowned in the islamic manifesto.
We have lived with this, because most of us have learned that we
are second class citizens and there is the ever looming threat of
ISA ( internal security act) that can detain us for 2 years without
a trial. Now things have gone too far.
One press reported wrote: Most outsiders are not aware that, non
muslims in Malaysia has been suffering when it comes to religious
worship. Though the Malaysian govt actively builds mosques and surau's,
they will not grant permission to build churches, temples for hindus
and budhists believers. It took 28 years for the Catholic church
to build a church in their own land in Shah Alam, capital of Selangor
Ramesh Chopra on telephone interview said, since Badawi was elected
as the latest Malaysian Prime Minister, the facts fume me as I have
always prefer to believe that perhaps there is hope after all the
unfairness the non-malays (non-muslim) have to go through in the
British MPs demand Malaysian
govt scrap plans to demolish Hindu temples
Dec. 02, 2007:
British MPs have urged the government to take up the plight of
Hindus in Malaysia with the Malaysian government and prevail upon
Kuala Lumpur not to demolish temples.
Stephen Pound, Chairman of the Labour Friends of India and supported
by 19 other MPs, including NRI Labour party leader Keith Vaz, they
urged the British government to take up the matter with the Malaysian
government in the strongest possible manner and "strongest
possible representations to the Malaysian Government both to cease
the program of demolition."
One-paragraph Motion said, "This house notes with grave concern
the stated intention of the government of Malaysia to demolish 79
November 25, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia
Malaysian police fired tear gas and water cannons
Sunday to disperse thousands of ethnic Indians who tried to stage
a rally that had been banned amid government fears it would stir
Associated Press reporters saw demonstrators being beaten and dragged
into trucks by police, who doused them repeatedly with tear gas
and chemical-laced water.
Pic byReuters - Protestors being shot by water cannon: For the
second time in 2 weeks, police have demonstrated violence by tear
gassing and shooting their water cannons at protesters during the
Hindu Rights Action Force’s (HINDRAF) rally.
Shoes, slippers and broken flower pots littered the
scene outside Kuala Lumpur’s famous Petronas Twin Towers after
protesters scattered to hide in hotels and shops. Organizers said
hundreds of people were detained.
The rally — an attempt by ethnic Indians to
highlight complaints that they are economically marginalized by
the ethnic Malay Muslim-dominated government — was the second
such street protest in Kuala Lumpur this month.
A Nov. 10 rally that drew thousands of people demanding
electoral reforms was also broken up with similar use of force.
November 29, 2007
The United States has
become the latest country to comment on the violent crackdown on
demonstrations by the Malaysian government and police
WASHINGTON (AFP) — The United States underscored
Wednesday the rights of Malaysians to hold peaceful protests, after
Prime Minister Abdullah Badawi’s government swiftly suppressed
mass rallies and threatened to use a draconian law to detain protestors
indefinitely without trial.
“We believe citizens of any country should be allowed to
peacefully assemble and express their views,” a US State Department
official said when commenting on the crackdown of unprecedented
street protests in the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur this month.
One called for electoral reform which drew some 30,000 people,
and another by at least 8,000 ethnic Indians last Sunday was aimed
at highlighting racial discrimination.
The rallies were the biggest in a decade and took place despite
bans ordered by police, who broke up the gatherings with tear gas,
water cannons and baton charges.
The US official, speaking on condition of anonymity, did not go
beyond his succinct statement, which was the first reaction by Washington
on the rare outpouring of anti-government dissent in Malaysia.
November 07, 2007
Chennai leaders protest
in front of the Malaysian consul general office to stop demolishing
Former Union minister Pon. Radhakrishnan, Hindu
Munnani leaders Rama Gopalan, D Kuppu Ramu and BJP leader were
among those arrested by the city police on Tuesday for staging
a demonstration in front of the Malaysian consul general office
here against the demolition of the Sri Mahamariamman Temple at
Shah Alam, Selangor in Malaysia.
In a memorandum submitted to the vice consul general
of Malaysia, the Hindu Munnani leaders expressed shock over the
Malaysian government's silence while Hindu temples were being
desecrated and demolished. "We expect the government of Malaysia
to strongly condemn the desecrations, violation of Hindu civil
rights and to make amends by rebuilding the temples to assuage
the sentiments of Hindus.