KUALA LUMPUR: A group of Hindus are pleading with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to help them save a temple in Subang Jaya from destruction.
They are holding him to his pledge of “nambikei” (trust).
The Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman temple sits on what used to be estate land now claimed by a company called One City Developer, and temple officials say it has been pressuring them to move to another temple in Putra Heights, which was built by the Selangor state government.
The officials are adamant that the temple, which they say is 121 years old, should remain standing, according to their advisor, L Sivasubramaniam.
“We don’t want to shift,” he said, adding that he had decided to take his grouses to the Prime Minister because the Pakatan Rakyat government in Shah Alam did not seem to care.
The temple’s troubles are not new. In 1987, after the estate owner had sold the land to Sime-UEP, the Selangor government allocated an acre for it but neglected to gazette that for religious purposes. Sivasubramaniam said the temple authorities did not realise this until a number of years later.