A-G to come down hard on temple troublemakers, willing to discuss dispute with lawyers.
The file pertaining to the riots at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in USJ 25, Putra Heights will be handled by the Attorney General’s Chambers’ Prosecution Division in Putrajaya.
Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said in view of the seriousness and sensitivity of the issue, the Prosecution Division’s head would keep him updated on the developments of the case from time to time.
“The AGC also notes that the dispute arose following a court decision in civil proceedings.
“Therefore, I will be pleased to meet with all the lawyers representing the relevant parties to resolve the dispute at the AGC in accordance with charitable trusts under Section 9 of the Government Proceedings Act 1956,“ Thomas said in a statement today.
He said that AGC also took note of the need to expedite action in dealing with the situation which could potentially affect national security.
In a statement yesterday, Thomas said the violence had caused much alarm among the public.
“Particularly appalling was the brutal attack on a firefighter who was performing his duties.”
He said his chambers would work closely with the police “to bring the full force of the criminal law against everyone implicated in the disturbance, regardless of status.
He also said that the AGC was briefed on the riots by the top management of the police as well as on the progress of the investigations.