Ethnic Indians constitute 8% of Malaysia's population
In Malaysia's State Penang, A hindu temple was reportedly subjected to vandalism on Friday by unidentified people, a state official revealed. The damage was made to the idols and deities inside the temple, he informed. Its pertinent to mention that this event followed another such event in the area less than a week ago.
The Sri Dharma Munisverar temple was reportedly damaged in today's incident though the extent of the damage was yet to be ascertained, Deputy Chief Minister Dr P Ramasamy said. This is the second such incident involving a Hindu temple in Butterworth town.
The Munisverar temple is located about one km away from the Muthumariamman Temple in Penanti Estate, Ara Kuda which was reportedly vandalized last Saturday, he said. A police report was lodged by the temple authorities.
Malaysia's 28 million population comprises eight per cent ethnic Indians mostly Hindu Tamils.
Last week, two statues of deities were vandalised in Ara Kuda, prompting the temple committee to look into installing closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras for security purposes. The attack was believed to be a hate crime as no items were stolen from the temple.
Ramasamy said he had written to Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar urging the police to investigate the incident last week.