The more than a century old Sri Madurai Veeran shrine situated at the entrance of the Alor Setar train station in Kedah, has been demolished.

According to a post on the Malaysian Advancement Party (MAP) Facebook page, the temple was demolished about in the wee hours of Thursday morning (about 2am) by the local council, allegedly without the shrine management even given a chance to remove the deity within.

The shrine was built by Indian labourers laying train tracks from Butterworth to the northern frontier in the early 20th century, at the spot given to them by the Malayan Railways.

The temple management was given a notice by the Alor Setar City Council (MBAS) that the shrine, measuring a mere 10 feet by 3 feet, was disrupting traffic outside the train station, and had to be demolished to make way for a road project.

Its caretaker, C Vijhay Mohen, had late last month told news portal Free Malaysia Today (FMT) that his numerous attempts to get in touch with the MBAS top brass had failed. His subsequent meeting with the state menteri besar, from PAS, did not bear any fruit, as he was given 10 days to clear out the structure.

However, the state government put the demolition on hold temporarily after the issue came out in news report.

In the Facebook post, MAP said the shrine's demolition "defied logic" as the management had made a representation to the menteri besar on July 2 to halt any action until a discussion is made between the parties involved.

"We are made to belief that the temple management committee, had through their lawyers, applied for a stay order on execution on the demolishment order. The Kedah State government clearly acted mala fide by denying the right of the temple management to seek legal redress.

"This unilateral arbitrary act of the Kedah PAS state government without any respect for the judicial process and their abrupt action without any consultation with the temple committee shows complete disrespect to the sensitivity of the Hindu community as a whole," said the post.

Source: MAP Facebook, FMT
Photo source: Facebook, FMT