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Vandals knock over crosses at Catholic cemetery

 | November 3, 2016

Retiree Mary Savarimuthu says the headstones on both her parent's graves as well as some others at the cemetery were knocked over.

cemetaryPETALING JAYA: The heavy granite headstones of several graves at a Catholic cemetery in George Town, Penang that were found knocked over, is believed to be the work of vandals.

According to The Star Online, retiree Mary Savarimuthu, 70, reported such an incident when she visited her parent’s grave sites at the Catholic Cemetery in Kelawei Road on Tuesday.

“I suspect the granite crosses were deliberately knocked down by vandals.

“A few other plots also had their cross headstones felled. It is desecration,” the English daily reported Savarimuthu as saying.

According to the report, the cemetery is managed by the Cemetery Committee of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Pulau Tikus.

Refusing to let the matter go, Mary took photographs of the desecration and said she would lodge an official report at the church office, in hopes that some form of action could be taken to prevent a repeat of the vandalism.

“I have snapped pictures of the damaged crosses and will submit them to the church office.

“I hope they can do something about this,” she said.

Mary also said she did not blame the church committee for the desecration as anyone could have gained entry into the cemetery grounds after the gates were shut at 6pm.

Meanwhile a church employee urged anyone who encountered the same act of vandalism at the grave sites of their loved ones, to report the incident to the church.


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