This article first appeared in The Edge Malaysia Weekly, on December 3, 2018 - December 09, 2018.
MCT Bhd found itself in the limelight for the wrong reasons when riots broke out last week at the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya over its relocation from its current site in USJ25.

The early morning fracas that took place last Monday and Tuesday ended with several injured people and a fair number of cars set ablaze, as seen in photos and videos that went viral on social media.

The simmering tensions arising from the incident prompted Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to say in Parliament on Thursday that the government would not tolerate attempts to disrupt national harmony and will act against those who provoke racial conflict.

What is worth noting is that the land that the temple occupies belongs to One City Development Sdn Bhd, a wholly-owned subsidiary of MCT Bhd. The latter, in turn, is controlled by Ayala Land Inc, the property arm of Ayala Corp, the oldest and largest conglomerate in the Philippines.