Man detained after acting aggressively, smashing temple statue

By Balqis Jazimah Zahari
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TAIPING: The police have detained a man following his aggressive actions in breaking a statue at the Sri Mangala Nayagi Amman Temple in Matang here last Wednesday.

Perak Deputy Police Chief, Datuk Azizi Mat Aris, said they received a report related to the incident of breaking the statue located inside the temple at around 9:01 a.m.

“Based on the received report, witnesses saw a male suspect acting aggressively by breaking the temple statue while wearing only underwear without a shirt and pants.

“The suspect also pushed away a person who tried to calm him down during the incident,” he said in a statement here.

Azizi mentioned that, following the investigation, the police have detained a 23-year-old local man and seized two iron rods believed to have been used by the suspect in the incident.

“A urine screening test also revealed that the suspect tested positive for THC marijuana.

“The police have also initiated an investigation under Section 427 of the Penal Code and Section 295 of the Penal Code,” he added.

He said a remand application was made on October 19 at the Taiping Magistrate’s Court to complete the investigation.

Therefore, the police advise the public not to make any speculations related to this incident, as it is feared that it may cause unnecessary anxiety among the public.

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