This barely rates a squib of a story in the local paper. Of course, it’s not a surau, madrassah or mosque that’s at risk of imminent demolition. “Ex-Hindraf Leader stops temple demolition”, from The Star Online, 17 June:
MAKKAL Osai reported that former ISA detainee and Hindraf leader K. Vasantha Kumar managed to temporarily halt the demolition of six houses and the Kaliammal Temple in Kampong Telaga Cina in Bedong, near Sungai Petani.
Vasantha Kumar said the landowners had obtained permission from the court to demolish the 100-year-old temple and the six houses.
The paper reported that about 300 people, including devotees, had gathered near the temple to protest the demolition.
Vasantha Kumar managed to delay the demolition by five days. He said he would meet with the landowners and their lawyers to find a peaceful solution.
It should hardly be surprising that a Malaysian court, which almost certainly has a Muslim presiding judge, would grant permission to demolish a 100-year-old Hindu temple. Even the headline of this piece is misleading — it’s hardly a permanent halt, just a five-day stay of execution for the infidel holy building. The ‘peaceful solution’ that the last paragraph mentions probably involves a peaceful pile of rubble where a temple used to stand and ‘persuading’ unbelievers to peacefully keep their mouths shut if they know what’s good for them.
That a group of 300 non Muslims would dare to stand up for their rights is a refreshing breeze of anti-dhimmitude in a country that rarely sees such things, but such actions always face long odds in Muslim-controlled territory. To wit, the ‘HINDRAF’ mentioned in the article is a banned group in Malaysia called the ‘Hindu Rights Action Force’, a group that was banned in 2007 and continues to be banned for openly defying the (Muslim-controlled) government. Its leaders have languished in Malaysian prisons — sometimes for years — without charge, trial, or conviction. ‘ISA’, which refers to a draconian law called the Internal Security Act, makes this all perfectly legal in Malaysia.
This fits into a larger pattern. Malaysia has quite a lengthy track record of destroying temples and churches over the years on one pretext or another (see here and here for two recent incidents). This source states that 79 Hindu temples have been destroyed by the authorities since Malaysian independence in 1957.
Malaysia’s treatment of Hindus, not to mention Christians, Bahais, Buddhists and members of every other non Islamic belief system within its jurisdiction, is handy to keep in mind the next time you hear or read about Muslims prattling on about how moderate, open minded and pluralistic Islam supposedly is.