Kuala Lumpur: The Malaysian government has temporarily deferred the relocation of a 150-year-old Hindu temple following the failure of talks between Muslim residents of the proposed site and State Chief Minister to resolve the issue.

Residents of Section 23 of the Shah Alam neighbourhood reportedly shouted profanities during the two-hour meeting with Selangor Chief Minister Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, with some trying to throw chairs and shoes, local media reported.

“It was an extremely rowdy meeting with some residents opposing the relocation of the temple,” said the news reports.

The meeting was held on Saturday after last Friday’s protest by a group of Muslims who opposed the relocating of the Maha Mariamman temple from Section 19 to the proposed Section 23. During their protest to the state secretariat building last Friday, one of the protesters indulged in an act which is considered hurtful by the minority community. — PTI