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26 Nov 2018 | 05:15 PM UTC

Malaysia: Heightened security presence following unrest November 26-27

Malaysia News Alert

Thousands gather at temple near Kuala Lumpur following violent clashes on November 26-27; heightened security presence and localized traffic disruptions reported

TIMEFRAME expected from 11/26/2018, 12:00 AM until 11/27/2018, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kuala_Lumpur). COUNTRY/REGION Subang Jaya (Selangor state)

Event

A heightened security presence and traffic disruptions have been reported in the vicinity of Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya (Selangor state) as of the early morning hours (local time) on Tuesday November 27, following violent clashes a day prior. At least two people were injured in unrest over the relocation of a Hindu temple. According to local reports, thousands of people, in addition to roughly 800 police officers in riot gear, gathered beginning the evening of Monday, November 26, to show support for worshipers resulting in localized traffic disruptions. Officials advised residents to avoid the area due to traffic and road closures.

Context

The dispute over the relocation of the Sri Maha Mariamman temple in Subang Jaya has been ongoing since 2007. A local property developer claims temple representatives agreed to relocate the temple to a nearby location in March 2014, although some worshipers have reportedly impeded the move.

Advice

Individuals in Subang Jaya are advised to allow for extra time to reach their destinations in affected areas, and avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution.

 

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