Malaysian Hindus Protecting Temples
BY: DATUK A. VAITHILINGHAM
Jul 28, KAULA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA(SUN) Malaysian Hindus Make Progress on Protecting Temples.
The first meeting of the City Hall Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) Liaison Committee Regarding Places of Worship (non-Muslims) was held on Monday this week at the DBKL Jalan Raja Abdullah.
The meeting comprising various officials of the DBKL, FT Land Office, Malaysia Hindu Sangam Special Temples Committee, MIC and MCA discussed a system or formula to conduct a survey of places of worship and their status so as to find solutions to the problem of location or other technical matters pertaining to their status.
The meeting was chaired by Tuan Haji Mohd. Amin Nordin bin Abdul Aziz, Deputy Director General DBKL. The parties agreed that all will study the proposals and decide in two weeks the formula. It was agreed that all notices issued for places of worship to be demolished will be put on ho ld. The meeting agreed that proper authorities will initially give a notice of information that the place of worship is being considered for relocation or demolition because of development, thus giving the temple a chance to state their stand on why the temple should not be demolished. This will then be forwarded to the MHS Special Committee to study and liaise with the temples concerned.
This Special Committee will then discuss with the Main Committee which will be chaired by the Director General DBKL. Any request from the temple will also be considered at this meeting.
With this system the temple will be given every opportunity to give its views and make its own suggestion. The Special Committee on temples also called on the Main Committee not to term places of worship as "illegal temples" because it said that most of the temples were allowed to function by employers, land owners and authorities concerned.
Tuan Haji Mohd. Amin Nordin said that in future no new places of worship will be permitted to be built without official approval. The Special Committee said that they will consider this at its next meeting. However, it informed the meeting that it is the authorities who have to provide facilities for places of worship irrespective of religion or creed.
The meeting was also attended by Senator Saravanan, Chairman, WPKL MIC Liaison Committee, Dato Dr. Thambirajah City Hall Commissioner and representatives from the MCA. All welcomed the move by DBKL to solve issues by consultation and negotiation.
The Special Committee on temples will meet next week to discuss all the proposals made by DBKL on the system to be adopted in City of Kuala Lumpur. In the meantime all temples within City of Kuala Lumpur having problems of relocation are requested to report at the Malaysia Hindu Sangam HQ (Tel:03-40414667 or 03-40414669, Fax: 03-40447304) during office hours i.e Monday to Friday 10.00am to 6.00pm and Saturday 10.00am to 3.00pm.
Press release was received from Datuk A. Vaithilingam Chairman Special Committee on Temples and President Malaysia Hindu Sangam.