Kuala Lumpur, Oct 29: According to an official count, as many as 96 Hindu and 37 Buddhist temples were demolished in Selangor, in Malaysia, between 2004 and last year.
State Executive Council member Dr A Xavier Jayakumar said the demolitions were carried out by the local authorities. According to nstonline.com, so far this year, 54 new applications had been approved by the committee tasked with regulating non-Muslim places of worship. Among the applications are for 25 Hindu temples, 19 Buddhist temples and 10 churches. Dr Xavier, who was answering a question from Lee Ying Ha, said that although the applications had been approved by the committee, they would still need approval by the state executive council before the new places of worship could be built.