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Developer: Personnel, not thugs, provided support at temple under police watch

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One City Development Sdn Bhd has reiterated that it did not use "thugs" in the attempted relocation of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya.

Instead, One City said their personnel were there to provide support while under police watch.

"One City Development Sdn Bhd categorically denies hiring or authorising the hiring of 'thugs' to initiate the riot at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya, as mentioned in recent news reports.

"The personnel on site were directed to provide logistical support and assist in the orderly relocation under police watch," it said in a statement today.

The statement was made to Bursa Malaysia through its parent company MCT Bhd, which is majority-owned by the Philippines-based Ayala Corporation.

One City, which is the legal owner of the land on which the temple sits, said it is it cooperating with authorities on the matter.

In its previous statements, the developer had made no mention of having anyone linked to it on the scene of the riot. 

It said that claims it orchestrated the incident were malicious, and that it would not be to the company's advantage to create such tension, despite having gone through a lengthy legal process. 

Earlier today, Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said investigations found that lawyers of the developer had paid RM150,000 to a group of men to take control of the temple.

The incident, which happened in the wee hours of Monday, led to clashes with Hindu devotees at the temple, culminating in a riot.

Thousands of people gathered near the temple the following day in a show of support, but fresh rioting broke out in which Fire and Rescue Department personnel came under attack, with one landing one in intensive care unit.


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