Published: Tuesday October 30, 2012 MYT 12:12:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday October 30, 2012 MYT 12:13:04 PM
Karpal: Blame game should end on condominium project near Batu Caves
By YUEN MEIKENG
KUALA LUMPUR: DAP national chairman Karpal Singh has joined in the chorus of politicians urging the Selangor government to scrap the controversial 29-storey condominium project near Batu Caves.
He said there should be an end to the blame game whether it is the Barisan Nasional or Pakatan Rakyat state government, which must be responsible.
Karpal (DAP - Bukit Gelugor) said he fully supported the statement by Batu Caves temple committee chairman Datuk R. Nadarajah that the matter will be taken to court if there was no sign of a permanent stop work order within a month.
"In the event the matter is taken to court, I will offer my services pro bono to ensure a successful judicial pronouncement in favour of the temple committee. Let that be clearly understood," he said in a statement Tuesday.
It was reported that Batu Caves would face the risk of caving in if the condominium project was to proceed.
Selangor Malaysian Nature Society committee member Lim Teck Wyn said the project would expedite the limestone massif's natural erosion process, causing it to possibly cave in sooner.
Karpal said the limestone forming Batu Caves is said to be around 400 million years old and that itself made it a priceless asset that should be preserved.
"The celebration since 1892 of the Thaipusam festival every year attracts not only locals but foreigners. A world renowned heritage should not be allowed to be sacrificed at the convenience of material development," he said.
Karpal said the condominium developer should act in good faith by itself volunteering to build the project at an alternative site and "thereby receive the blessings of the temple."