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Residents demonstrate against construction of Hindu temple

india Updated: Aug 17, 2009 13:07 IST

Around 200 residents of a Muslim-majority suburb demonstrated against the construction of a Hindu temple in their area and urged that the construction of the shrine be shifted to another site.

The residents of Shah Alam said, the temple had earlier been slotted to be constructed at another site by the previous state government.

The Residents Association of Section 23 in the suburb of Shah Alam said 70 percent of those who lived there were Muslim Malays while only 17 percent were ethnic Indians.

The residents handed over a memorandum on Friday to the state executive councillor, objecting to the constructing of the temple in their area. They want the temple to be shifted to Section 22 in the suburb.

"The site in Section 22 is a kilometre from here. If they say section 22 is far from section 19, where the temple originally was situated it is the same with section 23," one of the residents was quoted by the local daily 'The New Straits Times' as saying.

He claimed that the residents were promised a public hearing but it was never organised.

Multi-ethnic Malaysia has 60 per cent muslim majority population, while ethnic Chinese form 25 percent with most being either Christians or Buddhists while ethnic Indians constitute eight percent of the population of 27 million people and a majority of them are Hindus.

The country allows all faiths to be observed.