After second night of violence, S'gor MB again calls for calm

Modified 27 Nov 2018, 10:50 am

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari has urged the people to remain calm and not make racist or hateful statements following the second night of rioting near the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ25, Subang Jaya.

"I refer to the statement by the Selangor police chief that this (issue stemmed from) a misunderstanding between two groups and does not involve racism," he said in a statement today.

Amirudin said he has contacted the Selangor police and has been given an assurance that a detailed investigation is underway.

"I strongly condemn the insolent and unlawful behaviour (seen last night) which has caused unease among the locals and Selangor residents.

"The Selangor government will not compromise with elements that threaten the peace," he said.

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Meanwhile, Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu urged those involved in the dispute to return to the negotiation table and remain calm.

"We must be calm and patient. Do not spread false information, which can cause unease.

"I am confident that the enforcement authorities will take the appropriate measures to ensure peace and order," said Mohamad, who is also the Kota Raja MP.

It is believed that the temple is located within Mohamad's constituency. 

Thousands of devotees had gathered near the temple last night in reaction to an attack by about 50 masked men about 2am on Monday.

Early this morning, past midnight, the mob set fire to some vehicles and attacked fire and rescue personnel. They also attacked the offices of MCT Bhd, located nearby.

MCT Bhd was formerly the owner of One City Sdn Bhd - the legal owner of the land where the temple is located. 

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