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Malaysian state sued for demolishing church

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Indigenous Malaysians in the northeast state of Kelantan are reportedly going to court Tuesday to sue the state government for tearing down a church built on their property.

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1/14/2008 Malaysia (DNA) The church in northeast Kelantan was demolished by district officers in June last year, shortly after construction of the wood and brick building was completed.

“We are suing the state government and the Gua Musang municipality for tearing down the church. They have no right to tear down the church on orang asli land,” Soo said.

The land belongs to the orang asli — original inhabitants of Malaysia — under traditional title, he added.

“The village headman sacrificed his orchard for the church,” Soo said, adding that they are seeking compensation from the state government to rebuild.

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