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Protest against funeral parlour next to temple

 | July 29, 2012

The funeral parlour is planned to be built by Persatuan Perayaan Yee Lan Seberang Jaya less than 20 metres from the Iskcon’s Radha – Krishna Kovil complex.

SEBERANG JAYA: Several Hindu groups have joined forces here to protest against the setting up of a Chinese funeral parlour on a land next to an ongoing Iskcon temple project

The groups led by A Loganathan, secretary of Persatuan Gegaran Azam Pulau Pinang, held an hour long protest this morning to vent their frustration and anger against the Pakatan Rakyat state government’s failure to resolve the issue amicably.

The protesters chanted anti-Pakatan slogans and displayed anti-state government banners, calling on Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to cancel the project.

The funeral parlour is planned to be built by Persatuan Perayaan Yee Lan Seberang Jaya on a 1.3-acre land, which is located less than 20 metres from the Iskcon’s Radha – Krishna Kovil complex.

Gegaran Azam is a coalition representing several Hindu-based civil society groups.

Loganathan said the state government and the Seberang Perai Municipal Council (MPSP) have insulted the Hindus and Hindu religion by supporting the Yee Lan Association to construct the funeral parlour next to a Hindu worshipping place.

Loganathan later handed over a memorandum to MPSP councillor Amir Ghazali of PKR, who will table the memorandum for deliberation at MPSP meeting to resolve the issue amicably.

In the memorandum, Loganathan blasted Indian leaders in Pakatan for not voicing out against the project.

Project not approved yet

Amir said that MPSP had not approved the project plan submitted by the Yee Lan Association.

“We will consider all public objections and support to the project plan before making a final decision on it.

“Surely MPSP will not want a project that disrupt public harmony and unity,” he assured newsmen.

The Iskcon Hare Rama Hare Krishna group has allotted RM12 million to build its temple complex since 2010. The temple is scheduled to be ready by 2013.

Temple president Kalesha Lim, 52, said when the temple land was allotted in 2001, there was no funeral parlour project plan under the state master plan to develop the area into a religious – recreational park called Linear Park.

The Linear Park has two other Hindu temples, a church, a Thai Buddhist Wat and Chinese temple. A plot has also been allotted for a Sikh Gurdwara.

Lim said despite numerous requests, Chief Minister Lim had until today refused to meet his temple committee to resolve the issue.

Although the land for funeral parlour was allotted by the previous Barisan Nasional state government 2006, he said the MPSP still has the power to stop the project.

Build it elsewhere

He will submit his temple’s official protest petition against the funeral parlour project to MPSP tomorrow.

He said the temple was not against the Chinese community having a funeral parlour in Seberang Jaya. “But we don’t want it next to our temple.”

Malaysia Hindu Sangam (MHS) national president Mohan Shan has also submitted a memorandum calling on the MPSP to cancel the funeral parlour project.

Seberang Jaya’s MHS local council deputy chairman S Suthagar and Kelab Belia 1Malaysia chairman M Suresh said the state government should know that a funeral parlour dealing with corpse should never be next to religious worshipping halls.

“Pakatan government seems not bothered about Hindu sensitivity,” the duo said.


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