The government of Selangor has asked the management of the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple to return a piece of land and compensation money in order to keep with a comprehensive settlement that is being worked out to solve the temple relocation problem.
Mentri Besar Amirudin Shari today requested the return of a 0.405-hectare piece of land and RM1.5 million compensation money given by the developer, One City Development Sdn Bhd.
“The Selangor government welcomes the statement by the Attorney-General (Tommy Thomas) on the Seafield temple issue and is in agreement with the solution offered by the Attorney-General which upholds the principle of the rule of law,” he said.
In outlining the comprehensive settlement agreed upon by the lawyers of all the parties involved in the dispute, Thomas yesterday said in a statement the settlement contemplates the following:
- Subject to terms to be agreed upon, One City Development Sdn Bhd will transfer the one-acre plot of land on which the temple is located.
- The Attorney-General, in the exercise of his powers as guardian of the public interest with regard to charitable trusts, is going to apply to the High Court, pursuant to Section 9 of the Government Proceedings Act 1956, for orders to constitute the trust and the appointment of trustees to manage the trust and the temple.
- The High Court will be invited to appoint a Receiver, who will be a person of repute, standing and integrity acceptable to all the disputants, who as an officer of the Court will have control and direction over the trustees of the temple, and subject to Court supervision.
- At the appropriate time, the High Court will be invited to transfer the ownership of the land on which the temple is situated to the trustees.
- In order to ensure impartiality and neutrality amongst the various groups in the temple, the Attorney-General hopes to be represented in all the applications before the High Court.