Thursday , March 4 2021

"Selangor has always intended to address the issue of the temple" – the nation



KUALA LUMPUR: The Selangor State Government has always talked with the Temple Seafield Sri Maha Mariaman working group and One City Development Sdn Bhd (One City) developer.

Klang MP Charles Santiago (pic) said that Selangorov's previous mentor Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali indebted him, and then Subang's lawyer R. Sivarasa to talk to the working group of the temple since last year to find a solution to the problem.

"We even had meetings in the cafeteria of the parliament last week. We talked and delivered a message to the present Amirudin Shari.

"We considered the verdict of consent and we tried to talk to the investor to bring the solution," Charles told a news conference in parliament yesterday.

He said that "Mid Valley Solution" was proposed, where the temple could co-exist as part of the commercial complex. This would be similar to the Sri Maha Sakthi Mohambigai Amman shrine located in the center of Mid Valley City.

"It was one possible solution that worked well in the Mid Valley case.

"We have proposed an idea to one city, but whenever we say it, one city would say it has a court order and asked us to talk to our lawyers," Charles said.

He stated that the developer was open for talks before it was taken over by the Ayala Corporation Corporation from the Philippines.

"When the company was under Malaysian control, we talked, but when Ayala took over the corporation, there was no speech. They just sent us to their legal department.

"What we have tried to suggest is a solution where the winner does not take everything, but somebody exists. I think that because it's not a Malaysian company, he does not understand the sensitivity," he said.

Charles said companies and corporations must consider local sensitivities as part of their business plans.

The temple, he added, is historically significant as a place to recognize the contributions of Indian plantation workers in the area.

Charles said there were at least five vast plantations with about 15 or 16 temples that were destroyed or evicted.

"It's impossible to recognize the Indian workers who worked there. That's why the temple has become historically significant.

"The foreign investor does not understand this dynamics," he added.


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