Meeting to resolve relocation of temple in Malaysia

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Putrajaya, Sep 3 (ANI): The Shah Alam Section 23 residents' committee will meet the Malaysian Hindu Sangam Council tomorrow to resolve the relocation of a Hindu temple to the 90 percent Muslim-majority area.

They are also expected to issue a joint statement to clear the air about the use of a cow's head in last Friday's protest.

Home Minister Hishammuddin Tun Hussein told reporters about the relocation yesterday after meeting the committee members at his ministry.

He said he was convinced the protesters had no political motive or reason to egg racial or religious tension.

Hussein added that it was not the first time that the heads of animals had been used in protest, citing the time a pig's head, wrapped in the Umno flag, was left at Menara Tun Hussein Onn at the party's headquarters.

He said the organisers did not realise a cow's head had been brought in until the last minute, The Star reported.

Hussein said the ministry would monitor the discussion to ensure a "win-win situation" was reached.

In Shah Alam, Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim has advised residents of Taman Ixora in Section 23 to come up with constructive suggestions.

"Protesting on an issue is fine but it must be based on ethics and conscience and constructive suggestions must come forth. We will hold a dialogue this Saturday to clarify doubts and explain to the residents the proposed relocation of the Hindu temple."

He said the Selangor Pakatan-led government inherited the problem when they took over the state.

"Now we want to resolve the issue that has been in ding-dong mode for 18 years."

He added that in previous dialogues, suggestions had been made to move the temple in Section 19 to Section 22 or to Klang. (ANI)

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