Cops arrest man over idol incident

KLANG: Police have detained a suspect in connection with the discovery of idols placed at the entrance of Surau Sabilul Huda in Taman Pendamar Indah, Port Klang here.

South Klang Police chief Shamsul Amar Ramli said the 37-year-old man was picked up at a house in Taman Pendamar Indah at 6.15 pm yesterday.

He said the suspect was believed to suffer from mental problems.

“The suspect admitted to placing the ‘datuk gong’ idol to invite the Chinese community to pray at the surau while the motive for the second incident was to invite the Hindu community to do the same.

“He claimed to have acted alone and said he dreamt of the Kaaba being surrounded by idols and believed that he had to do the same to the surau,” he told a press conference here today.

Shamsul said the suspect tested positive for methamphetamine and had two criminal records including for stealing.

At about 2.15 pm on Saturday, a woman found two idols placed at the entrance of the surau.

A similar incident occurred on Wednesday when the surau congregation found an idol placed next to the main entrance of the surau at 4.15 pm.