KUALA LUMPUR: MIC Youth is planning to stage a protest against the Selangor state government next week over the demolition of a Hindu altar in a house at Taman Seroja in Bandar Baru Salak Tinggi.
Its Youth chief T. Mohan said they would also present a memorandum to Mentri Besar Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim over the Sepang Municipal Council enforcement personnel’s actions.
About 30 council officers went to Umah Devi’s house on Tuesday and demolished the altar, located within the gated compound.
She had earlier received a notice to demolish it on grounds that the structure was allegedly in violation of council by-laws.
Umah Devi claimed that the officers demolished the altar despite her request for a grace period.
The MIC wing has demanded an explanation from the council and the state government over the “high-handed action”.
Mohan said this was the seventh time temples and altars had been demolished by the state government despite promises that religious structures would not be torn down.
He claimed that state executive councillor Dr Xavier Jeyakumar had not done anything about the matter.
“He seems to have forgotten the Indian community’s support for Pakatan Rakyat,” said Mohan.
Selangor MCA also took Pakatan to task for the demolition.
The party’s state liaison committee secretary, Wong Koon Mun, said it was obvious that Dr Jeyakumar couldn’t differentiate between an illegal structure as part of house renovations, refurbishments and a shrine.
“It is common for Hindus, Buddhists and Taoists to erect a shrine or altar within the compound of their homes,” he said in a statement yesterday.
Council president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar denied any prejudice against any religion in the demolition.
“The structure was demolished as they had illegally built the porch. Under the Street, Drainage and Building Act, house owners have to apply for approval from the council before building any structure within their house compound.
“This applies to any structure, not just the altar,” he added.