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Relocation of Hindu temple in Malaysia deferred

world Updated: Sep 06, 2009 17:33 IST

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The relocation of a 150-year-old Hindu temple in Malaysia has been deferred following the failure of talks between Muslim residents of the proposed site and the state government.

The Selangor government will continue to search for suitable sites agreeable to all, state Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said.

"We have already asked Selangor State Development Corporation together with the MP, state assemblymen and city council to identify another location," he was quoted as saying by Star online

Residents of Section 23 of the Shah Alam neighbourhood reportedly shouted profanities during the two hour meeting with some trying to throw chairs and shoes.

"We know anything to do with religion is sensitive and should be handled with care. We are not going to sweep it under the carpet," Khalid added.

The meeting was held yesterday after last Friday's protest by a group of Muslims who have opposed the relocating of a Hindu shrine from Section 19 to the proposed Section 23.

"It was an extremely rowdy meeting with some residents opposing the relocation of the temple," the news reports said.

During their protest to the state secretariat building last Friday, one of the protesters indulged in an act which is considered hurtful by the minority community.

The crowd of around 200 people almost got out of hand when some supporters for the relocation voiced their stand.