Dr M: Still room for appeal in Seafield temple’s legal dispute

The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple faction fighting to remain at the current site still has legal options available, said the prime minister after the High Court dismissed today the group’s application to stay the court-mandated relocation.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad told reporters today that the matter could be pursued all the way up to the Federal Court.

“We have three layers of courts. If the first level makes a decision, you can appeal it to the second (level) and then you can appeal to the third. Finally, if the third layer says something, that is final” said Dr Mahathir when asked on the options available to the group.

However, he noted that the High Court previously granted an order for the temple to be relocated and that the temple’s task force did not comply.

Dr Mahathir observed that the previous ruling was in favour of the landowner, developer One City Development Sdn Bhd, but expressed suspicion that the firm had tried to take matters into its own hands.

“So, according to the courts, the developer has the right. So I believe the developer is trying to move the temple by themselves and, in the process, they used Malays. We don’t ask Malays to protect a Hindu temple as much as we don’t ask Hindus to protect mosques.


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