Kapar MP S Manikavasagam hits out at state exco member Jeyakumar for issuing a stop work order on the temple after initially giving the go-ahead last year.
PETALING JAYA: A PKR leader expressed disappointment with Selangor state exco Dr Xavier Jeyakumar for his contradictory stand on Bukit Gasing Sivan temple land issue.
Kapar MP S Manikavasagam said Jeyakumar- also from PKR – must act in the interest of the public instead of indulging to the whims of a few individuals.
Jeyakumar, in a letter dated Jan 31, directed the temple committee to stop demolition work on the temple, contradicting his earlier stand that the committee may proceed with it. The temple committee wants to demolish the temple’s old building to build a new structure.
The reason given in the letter was that work must be stopped because of a court case pending between the new temple committee and its former trustees.
The temple was closed for three years when the Petaling Jaya Town Council (MBPJ) declared that land on which it was located was unsafe due unstable soil structure.
Last year, the state government gazetted the land to the temple committee and allowed them to retain the temple at its current site on condition a single storey structure is built to replace the current two-storey temple building.
“Jeyakumar is singing a different tune after he met Indrani Samy Vellu, the chairperson of the former trustees’ committee,” said Manikavagam.
“As a state exco, he should have heard views from all sides, including the public before coming to a decision to issue the stop work order,” he added.
“Can the former trustees of the temple be trusted? Do not forget that they were the ones who kept mum when the temple was ordered to be closed by MBPJ four years ago,” he said.
Manikavasagam said that he will lodge with report in Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) against the old trustees.
Meanwhile, the temple’s current committee member M Maharathan said the demolition work will continue inspite of the directive from Jeyakumar to cease operations.
“We will not adjourn our work in the interest of the public.”
He revealed that he was the one who filed a case against the former trustees to get them to return all properties belonging to temple.
“However, the case pending in court has nothing to do with temple building. It is weird for Jeyakumar to use it as an excuse to issue the stop work order,” he said.
“I do not care about politicians or about politics. I just do not want to be deprived of my right to attend religious functions. No one has the right to shut down temples,” he added
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