Temple to stay put for now, Selangor MB assures

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari speaks at a press conference on the Seafield temple issue in Shah Alam.

SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari gave his assurance today that the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya, would not be relocated until a solution is reached by all relevant parties.

He said discussions between the state government, Indian Pakatan Harapan MPs and temple committee members, among others, would begin by next Tuesday at the latest.

“The state government will find a win-win solution to this matter,” he said in a press conference on the issue at the state government building.

He urged the people to remain calm and cautioned against carrying out further protests at the temple area.

He added that the state government would respect any decision by the courts, and would wait for the hearing on the injunction on the relocation.

This follows the Shah Alam High Court’s decision earlier today, rejecting a bid to postpone the relocation of the temple.

Amirudin also denied media reports that the state government would be buying over the land on which the temple is located, saying this would be premature.

“We have to look at the cost,” he said, adding that the government did not want to set a precedent on the matter.

He added that Islam teaches respect for all.

PH ministers M Kulasegaran, P Waytha Moorthy and Xavier Jayakumar were also present at the press conference, along with Selangor state exco V Ganabatirau.

Amirudin said he had been holding discussions with state officers on how to solve the issue.

“We have been organising security meetings at the state level to find solutions,” he said, urging the people to remain calm and not to hold any assemblies.

He also cautioned against any form of provocative statements and called on all quarters to adhere to police instructions to maintain peace and public order, adding that the police would act against anyone found to have broken the law.

He said there were several options for the temple to either relocate or remain in its present location, but stressed the importance of coming to an amicable solution.

When asked what they would do if the discussions failed, he said, “Give it a chance first. Let’s have the discussions first.

“Everyone will get a fair deal in Selangor.”

Xavier meanwhile reminded the people not to use social media to criticise or instil racial tension, adding that the government was monitoring the situation.