MALAYSIA NEWS: IGP Asks for Calm After Temple Attack

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IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has reminded the Indian community in Ipoh to calm down after a Hindu temple was vandalised by a mentally ill individual yesterday. — Picture by Choo Choy May
IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has reminded the Indian community in Ipoh to calm down after a Hindu temple was vandalised by a mentally ill individual yesterday. — Picture by Choo Choy May
IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has reminded the Indian community in Ipoh to calm down after a Hindu temple was vandalised by a mentally ill individual yesterday. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar has urged the Indian community in Ipoh to exercise patience and restraint after a Hindu temple was vandalised by a mentally ill individual yesterday. Khalid said the police have already arrested the individual who ran amok yesterday and reminded the Indian community not to get riled up by the issue. “I hope the Indian community in Ipoh calms down. This was done by someone mentally unstable. “This guy is a doctor that was just fired from the Ipoh hospital for being mentally unsound,” he said during his speech at an event in Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia.

The police chief added the individual will be placed at Hospital Bahagia in Tanjung Rambutan for further treatment. Khalid also said the police have already engaged with the Indian community in Ipoh to reduce the tension which flared up late last night after the incident was known to public. “The police have met with the Indian people in Ipoh so that they are calm to handle this problem.

To handle this situation where it was done by someone not of sound mind (siuman),” he said. The man ran amok yesterday evening around 5pm where he broke into the temple along Jalan Hospital, Ipoh and destroyed several shrines. The mentally unstable individual later on crashed his car into a bus stop not far from the temple while trying to make a getaway and was subsequently arrested by the police.