On the night of 27th November, police arrested several men after a group gathered near the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya. It was reported that the men who were arrested tried to get close to the Hindu temple where riots took place on Monday.
Authorities have heightened security around the area by stationing more police personnel. It has been stated that the police issued several rounds of warnings to the men before arresting them. The men were arrested as they declined to dispel. Around 1400 security personnel which included the Federal Reserve Unit (FRU), traffic police and policemen were stationed at the Hindu temple.
The assault associated with the Hindu temple started on Monday with riots in and around the temple, which saw 23 vehicles burned, a building being damaged and a policeman and a firefighter getting wounded.
Till Tuesday, police had hold 21 people to aid in their investigation into the riot. Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has described the act as criminal action and it had nothing to do with race or religion.
Meanwhile, a minister from the Prime Minister’s Department P Waytha Moorthy cited that the temple issue was between the developer of the land and the temple management. He added that the issue should not be used for turning into a racial conflict.
He added that the Malaysian Indian community should remain cool and rational in dealing with the matter as some dishonest people were taking an upper hand of the matter to further muddle the matter by provoking social unrest.
The temple, which is over 100 years old, is at the centre of a bickering following a developer wanting to convert the land where the temple is located; whereas some devotees do not want the temple to be relocated to a new site chosen by the state government.