A commotion broke out in a temple compound here when a group of people claiming to be Maika Holdings investors could not meet MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu yesterday.
The group of about 50 had waited for more than three hours and became agitated when Samy Vellu refused to discuss their grievances over the losses they claimed to have suffered.
The protesters had initially gathered at around 9am outside the SJK (T) Ladang Ulu Tiram in Ulu Tiram near here.
However, they rushed to the Arulmigu Thiru Murugan temple about 2km away when they found out that Samy Vellu was there.
At the temple, tempers flared between the protesters and MIC vice-president Datuk S. Sothinathan when they accused one another of speaking disrespectfully.
The protesters calmed down and agreed to move out of the temple compound when they were told that the matter would be discussed outside.
The MIC leaders, however, later drove off.