The chief monk of the Sri Lankan Buddhist temple in Sentul, Malaysia was assaulted by a small group among demonstrators conducting a protest against former Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa who is visiting Malaysia, 'Free Malaysia Today' reported.
The group of about 50 people had gathered in front of Putra World Trade Centre to protest against Rajapaksa’s attendance at an international conference of Asian political parties.
The protesters went to the Sentul temple when rumours of Rajapaksa’s supposed visit began to spread.
The group comprised members of the Malaysian Indian Progressive Association, Malaysian Tamilan, and the Malaysian Indian Education Transformation Association (MIETA). They began to burn an effigy of Rajapaksa in front of the temple.
When the chief monk Sri Saranan came out of the temple, some unknown individuals went to question him about Rajapaksa’s arrival. They then abused him with vulgarities and obscenities.
The assault began after one person touched the monk’s face, prompting another to punch Sri Saranan in the face. Two members of the crowd also kicked the monk, forcing Sri Saranan to retreat inside the temple.
Sentul police prevented the crowd from further attacking the monk, and MIETA chairman A. Elangovan entered the temple together with the police to apologise to the monk.
Elangovan agreed it was wrong to assault anyone at a protest and said he did not know who the attackers were. Several people had just joined the crowd to protest. “They are a bit emotional. But still, we can’t beat them up because this is a religious place.”
He said he had agreed with the chief monk that no one should be restricted from coming into a temple. “This is a religious place. We have no right to dictate who should come here and not.”
He said that if Rajapaksa came to the temple “to seek forgiveness from God, then it is fine. We have no say in who should come and not”.
When asked if his group would turn up tomorrow, Elangovan said they would only carry out a protest if Rajapaksa made an appearance. “We do not want to destroy the sanctity of a holy place”.
Police later told reporters that members of the Light Strike Force and some officers might be stationed at the temple to ensure peace as certain people might turn up with sticks and stones. (Free Malaysia Today)
Comments - 15
SL Monday, 05 September 2016 08:34 AM
Rajitha will have a say !
Ahmed Monday, 05 September 2016 09:20 AM
Don't make idiotic comments.. SL is a Buddhist country. We as Muslims are minorities
ziyard Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:29 PM
people who claim Sri Lanka is a Sinhalese Buddhist country must think twice.
Leo Monday, 05 September 2016 09:27 AM
Not a word in the media when Christian Pastors were assaulted and worship places vandalised. via DM Android App
Kumudu Sunday, 04 September 2016 02:51 PM
We are under a delusion called Reconciliation
rathnasiri Sunday, 04 September 2016 03:13 PM
Ziyard Sri lanka is a sinhalese Budhist country.No doubt about it. Now there are certain problems.After the next elections Sinhalese people will re-buid it.Do not worry
Sharon Sunday, 04 September 2016 03:13 PM
Imagine clergy of another religion getting assaulted. How much pressure will be on SL government via DM iOS App
rosebud Sunday, 04 September 2016 03:18 PM
It looks like others are as intolerant as the Sinhalese. So how can we criticize each other - all are equally bad. Pity. via DM Android App
Labby Monday, 05 September 2016 10:09 AM
Well said Leo.
KapuwathKola Monday, 05 September 2016 10:34 AM
Reconciliation must be given priority we do not want any incident to hurt the feelings of our minorities.
ray Monday, 05 September 2016 10:44 AM
Agreed by me. People have no right to lay their hand on clergy irrespective of religion
Qais Sunday, 04 September 2016 06:12 PM
Individual like you people are destroying the harmonies relationship that prevails at present. You must think thrice before commenting on sensitive issues. My advise is I being a Muslim living in a country where 80% of Sinhalese must respect their concerns and we must live as minority. Imagine the freedom we have in this country practice our religion. We have no say on the majority.
Sri Lankan Monday, 05 September 2016 12:12 PM
All I can say is some one comment this from faults name to divert the topic.
Raja Monday, 05 September 2016 12:36 PM
Within another ten years Lanka will be Al lankas
Veda-mama Monday, 05 September 2016 02:31 PM
They did, man...they did. They burnt the churches. As salted the clergy. But, end of the day..,any violence against a religion is extremely unfair and has to stop.
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