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MB Amirudin Shari to mediate temple issue!!

SELANGOR Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari will meet with all parties involved in the relocation of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple on Oct 22.

Sentosa assemblyman G.Gunaraj confirmed this and said the issue was a private matter that did not involve government land.

He said Amirudin would step in like previous years when former mentri besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali had asked that time for negotiations be set for the parties involved.

However, it did not take place.

Gunaraj said the temple committee and developer had adhered to a court order of relocating to the new temple grounds, 2.7km away from the current site.

He added that the temple committee had consented to the relocation, but an opposing group wanted the temple to be preserved as a heritage site.

“The mentri besar had to get involved, and he agreed to discuss the matter,” Gunaraj said.

He said the temple committee wanted to move deities from the current temple to the temporary structure built at the new site, but was stopped by a group of people.

The structure to house the deities was built in June last year, and a proper temple will be constructed at a later date.

The relocation of the temple was based on a consent judgment by the court in 2014.

On Sept 28, Shah Alam High Court issued a notice requesting temple occupiers to vacate the premises before Oct 15.

However, since Sunday night, Nagaraju Meganathan, 64, whose grandfather built the current temple, and K. Selvam from non-governmental organisation Free Malaysia, went on a hunger strike to save the temple.

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