Cabinet withdraws moratorium on certain acts over temple issue


The Cabinet has agreed to allow the police to use certain acts that are under review to handle the rioting cases last Monday and Tuesday at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple, USJ 25 in Subang Jaya.

Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (picture) said the Cabinet at its meeting last Friday decided to withdraw the moratorium on the Prevention of Crime Act (Amendment) 2017, Prevention of Terrorism Act, Sedition Act 1948 and Security Offences Special Measures Act.

“There is a moratorium on these acts but in the current situation, considering what happened at the temple, they can be used by the police even though they are being thoroughly re-evaluated,” he told reporters after meeting police personnel on duty around the temple

Muhyiddin, who arrived at 3.40pm, also met with the temple’s management to discuss the crisis.

Also present was Deputy IGP Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim. Muhyiddin said the measure would give full authority to the police to look after peace and public security.

Meanwhile, he said to date, police have detained 58 people comprising 18 Indians, two Chinese and 38 Malays to help in investigation over the case.

“More than 5,000 reports were received nationwide and all are being given attention by the police. There are several more suspects who will be arrested,” he said.

The police were still investigating on the suspects who caused serious injuries to fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim with certain parties coming forward to help with the investigation, he said.

The incident also resulted in injuries to a policeman and six civilians, other than the destruction of several vehicles and a commercial premise sustaining damage. — Bernama