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Cabinet withdraws moratorium on certain laws following temple riots

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin

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SUBANG JAYA — Dec. 2, 2018: The Cabinet has agreed to allow the police to use some laws that are under review in relation to the rioting earlier this week outside the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25 following squabbles over the relocation of the temple.

The moratorium that has been withdrawn is for the Prevention of Crime Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act, Sedition Act and Security Offences  Special Measures Act.

“There is a moratorium on these laws but in the current situation, considering what happened at the temple, they can be used by the police although they are being thoroughly re-evaluated,” said Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin after he had met police personnel on duty near the temple today.

Muhyiddin also met the temple’s management. Present was Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

According to Muhyiddin, until today 38 Malays, 18 Indians and two Chinese have been detained for investigations after the riots on Monday and Tuesday.

More than 5,000 reports were received nationwide. Several more suspects are expected to be arrested. Investigations on the suspects who caused serious injuries to fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim are continuing.

The incidents also injured a policemen and six civilians and led to almost 20 vehicles being torched and damage to two vehicles with the fire and rescue department. — Bernama

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