GEORGE TOWN – Just a week after a Hindu temple was desecrated in Penanti, another Hindu temple located about a kilometer away also fell prey to vandals who broke the statues of deities.
Temple committee chairman Bala Nambiar told theSun he was informed by devotees about the damage at the Sri Dharma Muniswarar Temple in Ladang Penanti, Ara Kuda, on Thursday afternoon.
He said stones were used to break the statues and estimated the losses to be about RM10,000.
Bala said he was sad, shocked and angry over what happened and questioned the social influences for such incidents to be happening now.
“There was no problem before this,” he said when theSun reached out to him.
Deputy Chief Minister II P. Ramsamy meanwhile told theSun he was informed about the incident and visited the site earlier today.
He said the statues destroyed were of deities Lord Muruga, Lord Ganesha and Lord Muniswarar.
Ramasamy said the damage done was worse than what happened previously at another temple and expressed his concern over such incidents.
He said he has spoken to Penang police chief Datuk Abdul Ghafar Rejab and was told police would investigate the incident fully.
Ramasamy said he also reached out to Penang deputy police chief Datuk A. Thaiveegan who told him that a special task force would be set up to probe the matter.
“I hope police will conduct a thorough investigation,” he told theSun when contacted.
On June 2, several deities at the Muthumariamman Temple were believed to have been broken by unscrupulous persons with a wooden pole. – The Sun