New York, June 11, 2016: Malaysia woke up to the news of another Hindu Temple desecration yet again triggering anger and panic among the Hindu community of the nation.
The Temple in question is the Sri Dharma Munisverar Temple which is situated at the Ladang Penanti, Ara Kuda and is said to be at least a 100-years old.
As per various commentators on social media, this attack was more severe than the previous one reported and more destruction was also reported this time.
Sri Dharma Munisverar temple is located at about one kilometre away from the Muthumariamman Temple in Penanti Estate and it was vandalized on June 9, 2016.
Statues of Hindu deities (Lord Muruga, Lord Ganesha and Lord Muniswarar) were destroyed possibly by using sharp objects and that too with much force.
The Temple desecration has angered the Hindu community which is increasingly being marginalised in the radicalised Malaysia. Malaysia prizes itself as a liberal nation, however, extremism is seeping into the society as can be seen from the attacks on the religious places of the minority Hindu community.
Earlier, Muthumariamman Temple which is situated in Seberang Perai Central (Penang) was vandalised on the midnight of June 1, 216.
Prior to the desecration of the Muthumariamman Temple another Hindu Temple, Sree Muneeswaran Amman Temple in Ipoh (Perak), was also desecrated by vandals on April 24, this year.
Interesting thing is that vandals are going after the ‘statues’ more than the properties that they could lay their hands on easily, which is why it is making the minority Hindu community of Malaysia aggrieved as they see this as a sign of intolerance towards their very existence and religious rights.
Pic credit: Prof. Dr.Ramasamy