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Malaysia demolishes Hindu temple

Posted by jtsmyth8 on November 5, 2007

Malaysia moved on Monday to calm a simmering row over the demolition of a Hindu temple after a top ethnic Indian minister urged his party’s lawmakers to scrap a Hindu celebration as a mark of protest. Mr S. Samy Vellu, the Works Minister and the veteran leader of the Malaysian Indian Congress (MIC) party, stunned Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi by calling for the boycott, only to retract the statement hours later.

Last week’s demolition of a 100-year-old Hindu temple in the central state of Selangor has fanned fresh racial and religious tension in multi-racial, multi-faith Malaysia, where Islam is the official religion.

Abdullah told leaders of his United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) about Samy’s outburst during a closed-door UMNO meeting on Monday. (story)

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