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Implement MoU signed between Hindraf and govt, NGO tell City Hall

jalan p ramli temple2PETALING JAYA (Nov 15): The Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) today urged the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to exhaust all avenues before resorting to bulldozing temples, in response to an email that is being circulated on the possible demolition of at least 23 Hindu temples in the capital.

Its national advisor N. Ganesan, a close aide to Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department P Waythamoorthy, echoed the latter's view that DBKL should go back to the memorandum of understanding (MoU) inked between Hindraf and Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak just before the general election.

A civil movement called Jakun Malaysia had sent out an email yesterday listing out 23 temples in aggressively developing areas in the city that are bound to face demolition.

According to the statement, these temples are located in areas like Mont Kiara, Kepong, Sungai Besi and Setapak, among others.

“This is not an exhaustive list as there are 10 other temples within the vicinity of Sentul and the surrounding which is in a similar predicament with Sentul Raya Sdn Bhd’s projects sprawling over there,” it said.

Below is the list of temples:

Kuil Sri Virapatar - Kepong

Kuil Sri Maha Veppan Kaliamman – Kepong

Kuil Sri Nageswari Amman Alayam – Jalan Klang Lama

Kuil Sri Aelumalaiyan – Mont Kiara

Kuil Sri Nageswar Jai Muniswarar – Jalan Sg Besi

Kuil Sri Maha Pathinetthampadi Karupanna Swamy – Setapak

Kuil Om Sri Arulmigum Muniswaran Alayam – Manjalara, Kuala Lumpur

Kuil Sri Ashhathasa Puja Mahaletchumny Thurgai Amman Alayam- Jalan Semantan, Kuala Lumpur

Kuil Sri maha Muniswaran – Warisan Tradisi, Jalan Cheras

Kuil Sri Muniandi – Warisan Tradisi, Jalan Cheras

Kuil Sri Venayagar – Jinjang Utara

Kuil Durgai AmmanNagambigai- Sungai Besi

Kuil Sri Thirumurugan Aalayam – Jalan Semarak

Kuil Sri Maha Athiparasakthi – Jalan Semarak

Kuil Sri Maha Samundeswarie Alayam – Jalan Semarak

Kuil Natha Muniswarar- Jalan Semarak

Kuil Samayapurathamariamman- Jalan Semarak

Kuil Sri Maha Muniswarar Kaliaman – Kg Muhibbah – Jalan Puchong

Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman – Jalan Kg Pasir, Kuala Lumpur

Kuil Sri Maha Annal Agilandeswari - Kuala Lumpur

Kuil Sri Muneswaran Alayam - Kuala Lumpur

Kuil Kaliaman - Kuala Lumpur

Kuil Sri Muniswarar - Kuala Lumpur

“The temples above either face demolishment or relocation through forceful acquisition by government agencies or private sector without any regards even though almost all existed before the independence of the country and the existence of DBKL,” said Jakun Malaysia.

Ganesan verified thier concerns and pointed out that the MoU was signed to resolve these standoffs.

“Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor cannot go about doing this as he has done in the case of the temple off Jalan P Ramlee.

“The government and Hindraf had agreed on how this should be handled, that’s why the MoU was signed in the first place,” said Ganesan.

On Sunday, the connected structure of the Golden Triangle Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman Temple was torn down by DBKL, after the government claimed only 8ft of land is being required for drainage works.

“We are looking for a win-win solution for all parties and Tengku Adnan should not attempt anything until all this is done,” he said.

Ganesan repeated that these temples were built during the British occupation for the Indian migrants who were working at rubber estates which are now prime targets of property developers.  

“The workers were evicted, the burial grounds are gone, what is left are the temples. It is the government’s social responsibility to offer a solution that is satisfactory to all parties,” insisted Ganesan.

Prior to the MoU, DBKL had agreed that temples built before 2008 would not be demolished, while those built after that would be re-located as per guidelines.

However, critics noted that the government has not kept its end of the bargain.