Sri Mangalanayagi Amman Temple in Kampung Matang, situated in Taiping, suffered significant damage on 18th October 2023, leading to the unfortunate discovery of broken statues within the temple premises. The temple, held dear by devotees for its spiritual significance, was subjected to significant destruction.
The Perak State Government has extended a generous offer to fully fund the extensive restoration efforts required at the temple, covering not only the structural repairs but also addressing the critical issue of the damaged statues within the sacred premises. This act of support underscores the government’s commitment to preserving the cultural and spiritual heritage embodied by the Sri Mangalanayagi Amman Temple.
According to M. Muthusamy, officer of Mr. Siavnesan, a member of the Perak State Executive Council, the incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m., resulting in one of the front statues of the temple being completely shattered, while the other statue suffered significant damage, being only partially destroyed.
When the incident came to Mr. Sivanesan’s attention, he was currently engaged in work-related responsibilities away from the area. In response to this, he entrusted his officer, Mr. M. Muthusamy, with the responsibility of visiting the temple and engaging in discussions with the temple committee.
This proactive step aimed to gain a comprehensive understanding of the situation and explore potential solutions to address the damage and restore the temple’s sanctity. Mr. Muthusamy’s visit demonstrated the government’s commitment to promptly addressing the issue and working closely with the temple committee to ensure the temple’s restoration.
During an announcement made yesterday, he declared that the Perak State government would provide complete financial support to facilitate the restoration of the statues situated in front of the temple. Muthusamy further conveyed that the individual implicated in this incident has been arrested by police officers.
In the meantime, the public need not be worried about the incident. They don’t have to be scared, and they are encouraged to resume their regular visits to the temple without any apprehension, said the secretary of the temple Mr Ravinthiran.
This proactive commitment from the state government signifies the government’s dedication to the preservation and rehabilitation of the temple’s important cultural and spiritual elements, reflecting their ongoing support for the temple’s restoration efforts.