Published: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 6:41:00 PM
Updated: Tuesday February 26, 2013 MYT 11:01:56 PM
PJ City Council: Temple committee given task to demolish Sivan Temple
KUALA LUMPUR: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), which obtained a Magistrate's court order to demolish the Sivan Temple in Bukit Gasing, will leave the demolition work to the temple management.
A council report had recommended that the temple be torn down as it posed an imminent danger to people and surrounding property.
Mayor Datuk Alinah Ahmad said MBPJ received the court order to demolish the temple on Feb 8. The court order was handed to the Sivan Temple committee for further action.
MBPJ said a court order was requested "in the best interests of the people, to protect the lives of devotees, people living at Fraser Towers and the students of SMK Taman Petaling, a school located below the apartments."
"Construction work to upgrade the temple had resulted in cracks appearing in the structure and slopes, posing a danger to people living below," Alinah said in a statement on Tuesday.
Alinah said MBPJ had earlier issued a stop-work order upon the advise of experts who warned that work carried out at the site would endanger lives and property or even cause landslides.
She added that the seriousness of the Sivan Temple issue was brought up at the Selangor Economic Action Council and at the state exco meeting on Feb 13.
"We respect the religious sensitivity and have given the full responsibility to the temple committee to handle the demolition exercise but they must inform us on how the demolition work would be carried out.
"The council is also willing to assist and advise to ensure such work was carried out smoothly," she said. - Bernama