Asia Briefs: Third Hindu temple in Penang vandalised

Third Hindu temple in Penang vandalised

GEORGE TOWN • A Hindu temple in Penang, located on land that is to be developed into a commercial property, has been vandalised, The Star reported yesterday.

A statue of the deity Mathuraiveeran (warrior god) was smashed, while a copper figure of Amman (goddess Shakti) was stolen from the Dewa Sri Mathuraiveeran Temple.

The vandalism raises concern, as it was the third on a Penang temple in recent weeks.


21 detained over protest against incinerator

BEIJING • Police in southern China have detained 21 people involved in a protest against a planned garbage incinerator.

In a statement late on Sunday, the government of Gaoyao district in Guangdong province's Zhaoqing city said about 1,300 people had gathered to protest earlier in the day, which had caused traffic problems.

While the protesters were dispersed by early afternoon and there was no "drastic behaviour", 21 people were taken in for questioning, it added.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 05, 2016, with the headline 'Asia Briefs'. Print Edition | Subscribe