SHAH ALAM: Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari has reminded all parties to resolve the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple issue in accordance with the law.
He said this after tycoon and Berjaya group founder Vincent Tan announced that RM2 million had been raised as part of efforts to buy the land on which the temple sits so that it need not be relocated.
“If all parties agree to it, it has to go through several processes under the law,” Amirudin said, adding the state was neutral in the matter.
Recently, Tan announced that RM2 million had been raised so far for a fund he had started to buy the land on which the temple is located from its owners, One City Development Sdn Bhd.
There has been no indication yet whether the developers are agreeable to selling the 1.1-acre land estimated to be worth between RM14.37 million and RM15.33 million.
Acknowledging the state government could not please all parties, he added: “But we will find the best way.” He said peace and stability were most important to the state.
Last week, violence broke out at the temple after a group intruded into the temple and clashed with those inside. This led to 18 cars being torched and several people being injured. The violence continued the following night.
A total of 83 people have been arrested so far.
On a separate matter, Amirudin hit out at an environmental NGO’s claim that the state government had degazetted a parcel of the Bukit Lagong Forest Reserve in Gombak for a housing estate.
He said a public hearing on the project was ongoing and that the Pertubuhan Pelindung Khazanah Alam Malaysia (Peka) could voice its objections there.
Amirudin assured for every piece of land that was degazetted, another piece of land would be gazetted.
“We are committed to retaining the amount of forest reserve we have,” he said, adding that this was 30% of the state’s land mass.
Recently, Peka had said the degazettement showed the Selangor government did not care about the environment and was only interested in developing whatever land it had for profits.