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Hindu, Chinese temples would be demolished: Opposition DAP

Opposition party in Malaysia's Kedah state has accused its Chief Minister of trying to demolish Hindu and Chinese temples and stirring up "racial politics".

world Updated: Jul 06, 2009 20:16 IST

Opposition party in Malaysia's Kedah state has accused its Chief Minister of trying to demolish Hindu and Chinese temples and stirring up "racial politics".

State opposition Chinese majority DAP chief Thomas Su claimed he had proof about the alleged demolitions.

He expressed regret that state chief minister Azizan Razak had accused him of stirring up racial issues.

Showing a letter, purportedly from the Alor Setar Municipal Council (MBAS), ordering a Hindu temple to move, Su said Azizann should give his undertaking that the temple would not be demolished.

"The DAP never plays race politics," he said. "We defend issues of people's interest regardless of race."

On Saturday, Azizan accused the DAP of stirring up racial issues with allegations that the state would demolish illegal temples.

Azizan claimed that neither the state government nor the MBAS had discussed the issue.

Su said issues affecting illegal places of worship should be handled sensitively.

"They are not illegal by choice. The authorities have refused to legalise them," he was quoted by the local media as saying today.