PETALING JAYA: Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa has called for calm in the wake of a second day of chaos at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya.

Mujahid, who is the minister in charge of Islamic affairs, also said Islam taught its followers to respect each other and look after the sanctity of houses of worship, regardless of which religion they belonged to.

“If it is true that a house of worship was intruded upon, and that the place of worship was damaged to the point that people around were endangered, this cannot be accepted,” he said in a statement.

He was referring to Monday’s early morning scuffle at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, which is slated for relocation. That scuffle saw one group of people attack devotees at the temple.

The Amanah leader called for a peaceful resolution to the Sri Maha Mariamman temple issue and urged all quarters to immediately cease any provocative action.

“I also hope the authorities will carry out a fair and detailed investigation into the incident so that action can be taken against those responsible according to the law.”

He added that action must be taken against anyone who did not respect the law.

“Parties are also advised against issuing statements which can further muddy the waters to ensure the peace and harmony we have built all this while is maintained.”

Last night, a crowd of over 2,000 gathered to protest the relocation. The initially peaceful protest turned unruly after midnight when some protesters vandalised and set fire to several vehicles.

The office of the developer which owns the land the temple is sitting on was also vandalised. – FMT