KUALA LUMPUR – As though they never learned from the Sri Maha Mariamman Hindu temple tragedy in Seafields which took a life, the cowardly by the state government in taking actions and the developers who seemed to have immunity could cause the same incident from happening, at a different location.
The Central Committee Member of the Socialist Party of Malaysia (PSM), S Arutchelvan expressed his disappointment when developer Trans Loyal Development Sdn Bhd (TLD) blocked the entrance to the Sri Maha Karumariamman Bangi Estate Temple.
The matter was made worse when the incident took place three days prior to an annual prayer event which the estate community celebrates yearly.
Arutchelvan disclosed that the developer had also shut down the tunnel which leads to the entrance of the temple with rocks and sand and placed hording at the area.
“They had no mercy when they shut the main entrance besides placing rocks in front of the gate when the Hindus were preparing to celebrate an important event last 8 May.
“The MPKj did not take any action when the roads were deliberately cut off and they did not bother to pave way.
“The slow response of MPKj is seen as if they wanted another religion tension to take place. The Hindus are being blocked from praying and that is their rights under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution.
“This temple has been gazetted. The temple is located in a land given to the temple by the previous owner of this land and it has been submitted to the State Government for it to be gazetted to the Persatuan Penganut Sri Maha Karumariamman Ladang Bangi.
“The temple has made various negotiations by informing the MPKj, the Council Members of MPKj, The Director of MPKj’s Planning Department, the lawyers of the developer, Exco Member Ganabatirau, the police and also the developer but the entrance remain shut.
“Two questions keep haunting me. Why didn’t MPKj take any action against the developer and does the developer has immunity that the local government and state government could not reopen the entrance to the temple?” he said in a statement to MalaysiaGazette
Meanwhile, Arutchelvan also alleged that the developer has given its guarantee that they will not block the entrance while waiting for an alternative entrance. However, they broke their promise and the MPKj knew about the arrangements.
According to him, the temple should not become an issue as it has been gazetted by the Selangor state government, besides, it is built on the land granted by the developer in compensation to the estate workers there.
“This is part of the deal in 2016, including the promise to build a low-cost apartment and interim rental subsidy.
“I’m sure that the estate workers were grateful to the developers when they received the keys to their apartments last February 2019. I am worried that if they do not handle the issue of the temple entrance promptly, the Seafields temple riot may repeat,” he emphasized. –MalaysiaGazette