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“Demolition notice was Issued.”

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KUALA SELANGOR  –  The Arulmigu Sri Maha Karuppaiyaah Alaiyam temple in Jeram near here is under threat of demolition after it was issued a notice to that effect by the municipal council two weeks ago.

The trustees of the temple were asked to demolish the temple by yesterday, but it was not done and no officer from the council came to enforce the notice.

A group of people, including MIC vice-president Datuk SK Devamany, Youth chief T. Mohan and nearby residents, gathered at the temple yesterday in anticipation of the council enforcing the notice.

Temple trustee M. Gunasehkaran said he had sought an explanation over the notice which had caused anxiety among the community but was shocked when officers at the council denied issuing the notice.

This, he said, despite the notice bearing the council’s letterhead and issued by a group of officers who had come to inspect the area two weeks ago.

Devamany said that in 1995 MIC had assisted Pantai Remis temple officials to ensure that the temple remained at its present location, and in 2008 had helped them apply for a land title.

“What was shocking was that the officer who delivered the demolition notice told the trustees that the temple was squatting on a 1ha plot of privately owned land.

“How can this be when the area is a forest reserve?

“The Selangor state government must also explain how the forest reserve is now private land,” he added.

He called on the state to probe the matter and provide an explanation.

Mohan called on the state government to issue land titles to the temple, adding that MIC Youth would help the temple build the necessary infrastructure.

“If Selangor MB Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim said that the state is able to issue land titles for commercial development in a day, why can’t he do so for the temple?” he asked.

He noted that six temples, including a private Hindu altar in Sepang, were destroyed under Pakatan Rakyat’s administration since 2008.

Meanwhile, Indian Athma Sakthi Association’s president M. Vasantha Kumar said the temple forms part of the community’s heritage which should be preserved.

Many Hindus in Selangor come to the temple to perform the last rites before the ashes of cremated loved ones are scattered into the sea.

The Adi Perukku ceremony held in the first week of August draws over 40,000 Hindus from all over Selangor to the temple and the nearby Arjulthiru Gangathara Sri Maha Karuppayah temple.