Auxiliary police unit to improve security at 3 well-known temples

The Batu Caves temple draws thousands of visitors and devotees daily.

PETALING JAYA: An auxiliary police unit is to be set up to improve security at three well-known temples under the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam in Kuala Lumpur.

This followed a meeting between the Dhevasthanam and police yesterday in the wake of arrests made early last month of Islamic State supporters who had planned terror attacks on places of worship.

Among the targets was the Batu Caves temple.

Dhevasthanam chairman R Nadarajah had written a letter to Inspector-General of Police Abdul Hamid Bador on May 17 expressing his concerns.

The Dhevasthanam runs the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Jalan Tun HS Lee, the Courthill Sri Ganesar Temple on Jalan Pudu Lama and the Batu Caves Sri Subramaniya Swamy Temple.

The Batu Caves temple attracts an average 3,000 visitors daily and 5,000 on weekends. The number does not include devotees.

A statement released by the Dhevasthanam today said the police team was led by deputy director (operations) of the Crime Prevention and Community Safety Department in Bukit Aman, Dev Kumar.

Kumar suggested a police beat box be set up, with a visitation record book for police vehicles patrolling around the temples.

This was in addition to the static presence of two policemen, one each from the Federal Reserve Unit and tourist police at Batu Caves daily during peak visiting hours.

He also urged the temple committee to engage Rela personnel to assist in crowd movement and control at Batu Caves.