Diwali Temple Destruction Cost Hindu Votes in Malyasian Polls

April 21, 2008

Author: Staff Writer

Source: Malaysia Sun


Blaming the destruction of a Hindu temple in the Malaysian State of Selangor two days before the festival of lights, Diwali, for the ruling Barisan Nasional party losing key Hindu votes in the last general election, Malaysian Indian Congress president S. Samy Vellu has reiterated his party's undivided support to make Abdullah Ahmad Badawi the next Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Criticising former Selangor menteri besar Dr. Mohd Khir Toyo, Vellu said he was primarily to blame for Barisan Nasional's poor show in the general election.

He claimed that Toyo was instrumental in ordering the demolition of the Hindu temple in Padang Jawa just two days before Diwali, and this had enraged the Hindu community throughout Malaysia.