Group protests beautification works at KL temple

Group protests beautification works at KL temple
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor.

KUALA LUMPUR - About 20 people gathered outside the Parliament building to protest the "beautification" works at the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple, alleging that such moves were forced and aggressive.

The group, led by several MPs, including N. Surendran (PKR - Padang Serai), claimed that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) officers had trespassed the temple and destroyed a huge part of it.

They also alleged that the officers broke several parts of the 101-year-old temple in an "aggressive and rushed" manner.

"It is a move to demolish but the officers say it is for beautification works. If the purpose is to beautify, why such force?" Surendran asked when met outside the Parliament gates.

He also lambasted Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor over the latter's statement that the temple was to be renovated and beautified, calling it a "nasty spin".

The PKR vice-president vowed that the group would keep fighting until the demolition of the temple was stopped and would consider legal action.

The group would be sending a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to oppose the demolition and to seek an apology from the Government over the incident, he said.

Tengku Adnan had said on Monday that DBKL would maintain the shrine at its present location to make sure it conforms to proper specifications before it is maintained by DBKL with the help of Malaysia Hindu Sangam.

The cost of the renovation and beautification will be borne by developer Hap Seng which is constructing a 37-storey commercial building nearby.

The temple sits on reserved land meant for roads or walkways but it has to make way for a pedestrian walkway.

An eviction notice was issued on June 13 but Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak intervened and ordered that discussions be held to seek an amicable solution.

However, heavy machineries moved in on Sunday to destroy the structures except for a small section of the temple which housed the statue of the deity.

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