Cops detain man who damaged idols at Buddhist temple

The Malay Mail, January 4, 2015

BUKIT MERTAJAM, Penang -- Police have arrested a man believed to be of unsound mind on suspicion of having damaged idols and prayer equipment at the Wat Chanthraram Buddhist Temple in Tanah Liat here last Friday.

The 29-year-old unemployed man was picked up at his house in Tasek Gelugor at 6pm yesterday after police traced him there with the help of his motorcycle registration number, said Seberang Perai Tengah Police chief ACP Rusli Mohd Noor.

The man was being remanded for investigation, he said.

According to police, the man came to the temple on Friday morning and damaged the idols in one building before moving to a second building to throw away a copper urn filled with joss sticks.

He circled the temple several times and played with the dogs in the area before leaving.

The temple caretaker lodged a police report.