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One o the cata-lysts o the 2008 political tsunami will soon regain its prominenceollowing the rebuilding o the SriMaha Mariamman temple inPadang Jawa.Te demolished temple is being rebuilt near the Padang Jawa KMcommuter station, which is about500m rom its original location.Demolished just a ew days be-ore Deepavali in November 2007,the new temple will be built in a15,000 sq area.Selangor state executive council-lors, community leaders, and Indianresidents rom the ormer Kampung Rimba Jaya attended the laying o the oundation stone ceremony lastSunday.he ceremony started at 9am with prayers, ollowed by the laying o the oundation stone in a 4t-deep hole, over which the main altaro the temple will be built.Te temple was demolished by theShah Alam City Council aer theRimba Jaya village was cleared ordevelopment under Barisan Nasi-onal’s zero-squatter programme.However, the demolition drew protests rom the Hindu commu-nity nationwide, which led to thehistoric Hindra rally in 2007 andsubsequent loss o support or theBN.Selangor state health, plantation workers, poverty and caring govern-ment standing committee chairper-son Dr Xavier Jayakumar said theland was donated by Ken Rimba Jaya, the developer.“he state is contributing RM300,000 to the [temple] build-ing und as the Pakatan Rakyat wants to resolve an issue that hascaused much anguish to the Indiancommunity.“Te temple was the catalyst orchange, and we want to recognise itssignifcance,” he said at the ceremony.
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He acknowledged that there wasa delay in the rebuilding because o squabbles among devotees.“But everything has been re-solved and there should not be any problem now,” he said.Dr Xavier added that all the landor places o worship in Selangor hasbeen gazetted, and the state hasgiven out land titles to about 70temples since it took power.“We have done what could notbe achieved in 52 years,” he said.During the ceremony, Dr Xavier was honoured with garlands andalso accorded the title o “templesaviour”.“We are prepared to do more orthe Indian community. Last year, wegave RM2.5 million to [Hindu]temples,” he said.Among those at the ceremony were state executive councillor Ron-nie Liu, Bukit Melawati assem-blyperson M Muthiah, Port Dick-son assemblyperson M Ravi, andSenator M Ramakrishnan.emple building committeechairmperson N hiagu said theconstruction would be completedin about a year, provided there wasenough unds. he temple is ex- pected to cost about RM700,000.“Te state’s allocation has comein handy, and we urge all Indians tohelp as this is undoubtedly one o the most signifcant temples now.“We cried when the temple wasdemolished, and we are also crying now. It’s tears o joy,” he said.He said the temple would not just be a place o worship but amonument or Malaysian Indians.State executive councilor Rod-ziah Ismail, who was also present,said there was no issue that couldnot be resolved.“Compromise and acceptance isthe solution as Malaysians shouldrecognise dierent religions andcultures. Using the Pakatan Rakyatapproach, many issues can be re-solved. I am glad the issue has fnallyhas been resolved,” she said.
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Selangor willspend RM600,000 to put up bill-boards in its soon-to-be-launchedanti-Internal Security Act (ISA)campaign.Menteri Besar an Sri KhalidIbrahim said “Save Malaysia: Abol-ish ISA” billboards will be installedin all 56 constituencies in the state within the next two months.“Tis is consistent with PakatanRakyat’s promise that it wouldabolish the ISA within 100 days [i the coalition comes into power atthe ederal level],” said Khalid aerchairing the executive councilmeeting on Wednesday.Khalid said the unds wouldcome rom abung Amanah Pen-swastaan and be distributed byMenteri Besar Incorporation.He added that the installa-tion and construction o the bill-boards will be done through opentender, and will be adver-tised in newspapers.Te state will also be organising road shows and inviting ormer ISAdetainees and current assemblyper-sons like Saari Sungib (HuluKelang) and M Manoharan (KotaAlam Shah) to speak to the public.Selangor’s state assembly had passed a motion in March to cam- paign against the hal-a-century-old law which allows or detention without trial.Besides Saari and Manoharan, who were detained or years, Kinr-ara assemblyperson erasa Kok hadalso been detained or seven daysunder the ISA in 2008.
Dr Xavier (brown shirt) laying the foundation stone while Liu looks on.
MPK records RM10m surplus
he Klang MunicipalCouncil (MPK) has made history byrecording a RM10 million surplus intheir 2010 budget.Among the departments which con-tributed to the surplus was the Environ-ment Department, which beneitedrom cost-cutting measures.“Since taking over garbage manage-ment rom Alam Flora last year, MPKhas recorded savings. We managed tosave RM5 million in expenses,” said Wan Mohd Sufan at Wednesday’s ullboard meeting.Te MPK Environment Departmentdirector expects the council to saveanother RM2.5 million aer taking over public cleaning services this month.Councillor Lim Lip Suan said thecouncil has also managed to increase itsrevenue rom the collection o assessmentees and arrears or the past three years.“In the past ew years, Klang has hada lot o mega housing developments which have increased assessment ees byseveral million,” he said.However, Lim said the main reasonor the surplus was the savings romgarbage ees – rom RM60 million in2008 to the current RM40 million.He added that the EnvironmentDepartment, which used to run defcits,now has enough unds to lend to otherdepartments.Lim congratulated the council or wisely managing its fnances.
Schedule needed for road resurfacing
Priority to get pothole-riddled roads resuraced with the municipality’s limited undsresulted in a heated discussion at aull board meeting o the Subang JayaMunicipal Council (MPSJ) on Wednesday.All 24 councillors insisted thatMPSJ should have a “zero-tolerance policy on potholes”.he councillors also wanted allcomplaints to be attended to imme-diately.“MPSJ should have a proper roadsystem to determine the age o theroad so it will be easier to prioritiseroads which need resuracing,” saidDr Loi Kheng Min.he councillor said residentsshould be provided with schedulesto determine a deinite time rameor all roads that need to be resur-aced.Under MPSJ’s current policy,roads used by heavy vehicles areresuraced every ive years, cityroads every seven years, and resi-dential roads every 10 years.“But despite the policy, MPSJcan’t do anything because they donot have enough unds or roadresuracing,” said R Rajiv.he councillor pointed out that patching up potholes was at best atemporary but costly measure.Rajiv said the council’s limitedbudget or roads would be betterspent on resuracing roads accord-ing to a deinite schedule.However, MPSJ has only allo-cated RM4 million or road repairsthis year.“he unds will not be enoughto repair all roads under the mu-nicipality’s jurisdiction. I thinkmore money should be budgetedor roadworks,” said councillorEdward Ling Sieak Meeng.MPSJ deputy president Abdul-lah Marjunid said he would lookinto the suggestions.