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Century-old, Hindu temple demolished by Malaysia Govt.

Malaysia, April 21, 200
Roop Sharma

NRIs were crying, begged them to stop and saying how could the government do this. The Malaimel Sri Selva Kaliamman Temple was reduced to rubble after Kuala Lumpur's city hall sent in bulldozers, NRI said.

They forced to stop our prayers and (rituals) halfway as they proceeded to tear down the temple. In a complaint to police the temple's vice president, Subramaniam Ragappan, said about 300 devotees were praying Tuesday when the machines arrived. A copy of a letter from city hall to a local lawmaker, who had asked for the temple to be left intact, said the demolition was going ahead to make way for a building project.

“Not only did they destroy the statues, they also dug a hole in the ground and buried them. This action is deplorable and insulting to the Hindu faith,” NRI added.

Manoharan said his client and other devotees have field several police reports on the incident.

The temple administrators are demanding for a new plot of land to erect the temple and wanted DBKL to pay a compensation of RM150,000 for the loss incurred in the demolition exercise, which also purportedly saw jewelry belonging to the temple going missing.