Malaysian police said on Tuesday that 21 individuals have been captured over revolting that broke out in the midst of a disagreement regarding the relocation of a Hindu temple outside Kuala Lumpur.
The scuffle started early Monday morning when a group of intruders attacked Indian devotees offering their prayers at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in central Selangor state's Subang Jaya township and burnt down the vehicles. Another group of men struck back early Tuesday morning by vandalizing the workplace of property designer MCT Berhad close to the temple and furthermore setting some vehicles on fire.
MCT's unit One City Development Sdn. Bhd. possesses the land on which the temple sits and is entangled in a legitimate tussle to move the exceptional, century-old temple to a nearby area. Government authorities and police rushed to dispose of rumours on social media that it was a racial clash.
Selangor police chief, Mazlan Mansor, said 21 individuals were confined and will be examined for revolting with weapons and arson. He said almost two dozen vehicles were burnt, however, the situation is quiet and under control. About 700 anti-riot personnel have been sent to ensure peace and harmony in the zone, he included.
Members in the temple told local media that the mob, mostly ethnic Malays, were armed with weapons like knives and had advised devotees to leave the temple in light of the fact that the land is claimed by One City Development.
In an announcement given on Monday, the developer denied that it organized the assault on the temple. It said it loathed the viciousness of the violence and had no motivation to connect with a crowd after experiencing an extensive court process. It said it had likewise offered compensation to build a new temple and had postponed the temple relocation to oblige ceremonies tied to the move.
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the occurrence was being investigated and warned the people in general not to make proclamations that could stir racial disharmony and disrupt national security.
Racial conflicts have been rare in a multiracial country like Malaysia since dangerous race revolts in 1969. Ethnic Malays represent about 66% of the nation's 31 million individuals, with a huge number of Chinese and Indian minorities.