Thursday February 14, 2013
Work on RM30,000 Hindu shrine to start soon near Prai terminal
By M. SIVANANTHA SHARMA
BUTTERWORTH: A Hindu shrine will be built near the Prai Bulk Cargo Terminal, within the area of the former 60-year-old shrine which was demolished by Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) for safety reasons last April.
Penang Port Commission (PPC) board member L. Krishnan said the Government allocated RM30,000 for the project on a 225 sq m site.
Krishnan, who is also state MIC deputy chairman and Prai Barisan Nasional coordinator, said the land was allocated to the Sri Veera Muniswarar Temple during the PPC board meeting on Jan 29.
“Work is expected to begin immediately and will be completed in about three months,” he said during a briefing for temple officials and Indian NGOs.
Krishnan said some groups with vested interests had turned the matter into a political issue.
He said the Federal Government had given allocations to several Hindu temples here in the past.
He cited the RM625,000 given to the Sri Selva Vinayagar Temple in Prai, RM800,000 to the Sri Muniswarar Temple in Jalan Baru, Prai, and RM250,000 to the Maria-man Temple in Ladang Prai, near here.
State Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr Teng Hock Nan said the shrine would be sited at a suitable location within the terminal premises.
“This matter has been resolved. I call on politicians not to capitalise on this any more,” he said.
It was reported that the old shrine, which had been frequen- ted by port workers, was demolished on April 20 as it was too close to a gas pipeline constructed in 1998.
Also present at the briefing were state MIC Youth chief J. Dhinagaran, Batu Kawan Gerakan chief A. Mohan, Batu Kawan MIC chief R. Muthiah, Batu Kawan Umno deputy chief Mohd Nor Ahmad and Penang Port Indian Affairs Cultural and Welfare Association secretary C.K. Manoharan.