Did the police arrive late at The Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple? The FRU were only called to the scene as the riot was going on but they were ordered to remain on standby when the Subang Jaya police were informed of the attacks on the vehicles!

From the inquest into the death of M Adib.

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26 November 2018

(1) They said:

We were informed in the early hours this morning at about 2.30am, a large group of at least 50 persons armed with iron rods and parang forcibly entered the Seafield temple and attacked a group of devotees who had gathered there including women.
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The Subang Jaya police officers finally arrived on the scene following the violence and subsequently cordoned off the area.

Questions are being raised as to why only a single patrol car from the Subang Jaya police force arrived at the scene about 4.15am while the FRU only arrived at about 6am.

YB M Kulasegaran
YB Xavier Jayakumar
YB Gobind Singh
YB P Waythamoorthy
YB Sivarasa Rasiah

26 November 2018

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(2) The IGP said

SHAH ALAM: The police have denied that they responded slowly to the riots at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ, Subang Jaya.

“The police were informed of the incident at 2.40am and a team was already at the scene at 2.50am. The district police chief arrived there 30 minutes later,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/11/26/igp-denies-police-were-slow-to-handle-temple-riot-calls-for-calm/#3pRJmOcqOFZ9xkJR.99

20 March 2019

(3) Shuhaimi Yaakob, who led one of the FRU troops sent to the scene of the riots: The FRU was told to stand by for further orders when the Subang Jaya police were informed of the attacks on the vehicles in the early hours of Nov 27.

malaysiakini.com @malaysiakini

FRU didn’t respond to attack on trucks due to ‘standby’ order

Hidir Reduan  |  Published:

INQUEST | The Federal Reserve Unit did not take action when two Fire and Rescue Department vehicles were attacked during the Seafield temple riots last November as they were ordered to remain on standby.

This was revealed today by Shuhaimi Yaakob, who led one of the FRU troops sent to the scene of the riots, at the inquest into the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

As Shuhaimi told the Coroner’s Court in Shah Alam today, the FRU was told to stand by for further orders when the Subang Jaya police were informed of the attacks on the vehicles in the early hours of Nov 27.

Shuhaimi, the inquest’s 21st witness, said that he had seen two Fire Department vehicles reversing, and that he had discussed the matter with the other FRU troop leaders before trying to contact the district police chief.

“When we could not reach him (district police chief), we tried to reach the deputy. Later we received instruction to remain on standby,” he said.

Shuhaimi explained that according to protocol, FRU troops are – as the name indicates – reserve units that need prior directives from district police chiefs or their deputies.

He said the FRU can only inform district police on what transpires at a given scene before awaiting further orders.

Lawyer Kamaruzaman A Wahab, acting for Adib’s family, then asked Shuhaimi why the FRU did not take action, as they are tasked with controlling riots, and are armed with water cannons and gas launchers, among other equipment.

Shuhaimi replied that the FRU can only take action once the green light is received from district police.

Following protocol

His explanation did not sit well with lawyer Syazlin Mansor, also representing Adib’s family, who asked why the FRU seemed so efficient during previous Bersih mass street rallies.

According to Shuhaimi, the FRU receives prior directives ahead of such planned gatherings. On the night of Nov 27, however, his team were only called to the scene as the riots were occurring.

Syazlin then asked if the FRU would also await further instruction if their own vehicles were attacked on the night of the riots.

“Even if our vehicles were to be attacked, we would first inform those above (in command) at the Subang Jaya police station.

“However, if we are attacked and our personnel are endangered, then we can take action against the attacker (without awaiting orders),” Shuhaimi replied.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/468857

26 November 2018

IGP denies police were slow to handle temple riot, calls for calm as 17 arrested

SHAH ALAM: The police have denied that they responded slowly to the riots at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ, Subang Jaya.

“The police were informed of the incident at 2.40am and a team was already at the scene at 2.50am. The district police chief arrived there 30 minutes later,” said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun (pic).

“We have the sequence of events in our diary.

“If we had not acted quickly, there could have been a possibility of a death during the riots,” he said during a press conference on the matter at the Selangor police headquarters Monday night (Nov 26).

Back up was called by the ground team, and 700 more policemen arrived to help control the situation.

The IGP called for all parties, including NGOs and politicians, not to fan racial sentiments.

“I hope these irresponsible parties stop creating speculation. They do not know the real situation.

“All parties should help pacify the situation, not make it worse. We will act strictly on those responsible for this incident,” he said, adding that 29 police reports had been made regarding the incident.

The IGP called on the public to ignore messages and videos that could spark racial tension.

He revealed that as of 9.30pm, 17 suspects have been arrested, all of whom are locals.
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The Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim had been reported earlier as saying that the temple incident was not a racial clash but a land dispute.

He said the incident was sparked off at about 2.30am after a group of about 50 men, believed to be Malays, intruded into the temple.

When several Indian caretakers realised this, they contacted their friends and informed them of the intrusion, resulting in about 200 Indian men rushing there and cordoning off the temple, he said.

“During the siege, the police arrived at the scene. The intruders attempted to flee and a clash erupted between the two groups. As a result, three men were injured while several vehicles were reportedly torched,” said Noor Rashid.

“Perhaps the side wanting to take over (the land) engaged a group of Malay men to facilitate the acquisition.

“It is possible that they are gangsters and, of course, the Indian group attempted to check the intrusion.

“I have to clarify because it is a sensitive issue and I do not want anyone to take advantage (of the situation).

“There is no issue of a racial clash,” said Noor Rashid.
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26 November 2018

Media Selangor @Media_Selangor

Selangor Journal | THE SRI MAHA MUTHU MARIAMMAN SEAFIELD TEMPLE https://goo.gl/nQLPoc 

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We were informed in the early hours this morning at about 2.30am, a large group of at least 50 persons armed with iron rods and parang forcibly entered the Seafield temple and attacked a group of devotees who had gathered there including women.

The ensuing violence resulted in a number of persons injured and hospitalised. A number of vehicles were also torched. It is learnt that during the violence, five devotees were held hostage for some time by the intruders.

The temple devotees finally managed to drive off the intruders, seizing identity cards from several of them.

The Subang Jaya police officers finally arrived on the scene following the violence and subsequently cordoned off the area.

Questions are being raised as to why only a single patrol car from the Subang Jaya police force arrived at the scene about 4.15am while the FRU only arrived at about 6am.

The Subang Jaya police have regrettably issued a statement saying that “pergaduhan antara dua kumpulan bangsa India telah berlaku di dalam kawasan Kuil Sri Mahamariaman …punca kejadian adalah perselisihan faham antara dua kumpulan adalah tentang isu perpindahan kuil..”

This statement is false and irresponsible. It has created much tension amongst the Indian community especially in the light of the late and ineffective response by the Subang Jaya police.

We call upon the IGP to ensure that a corrective statement is immediately issued to set the facts straight. The Subang Jaya police should be investigated and disciplinary action taken.

We condemn this unprovoked attack on the temple.

We call for a full and independent inquiry by the police to establish who is behind this serious attack on the temple and the motive for it. Those responsible for this violence must be caught and punished.

This investigation should be conducted by Bukit Aman and not left to the Subang Jaya police to handle.

YB M Kulasegaran
YB Xavier Jayakumar
YB Gobind Singh
YB P Waythamoorthy
YB Sivarasa Rasiah

26 November 2018

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