World Hindus are urging Malaysia to allow transfer of land for relocation of Sri Maha Mariamman Ladang Baemar (Saujana Impian) Temple in Kajang (Selangor, Malaysia).
According to reports, Temple has been denied the land transfer because the plot was too big exceeding the limit of land for non-Muslim places of worship of 10,000 square feet.
Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged Malaysian Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak, Selangor Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Mohamed Azmin Bin Ali, Kajang Municipal Council President Tuan Mohd Sayuthi bin Bakar and Kajang Municipal Council members to revisit the issue.
Why this 10,000 square feet limit on a Hindu temple? Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, asked. The whole issue needed to be relooked into so that there were no further delays for the Temple going forward.
Rajan Zed noted that Article 11 of the Malaysia Federal Constitution granted freedom of religion and Article 11(3) stated: Every religious group has the right—to manage its own religious affairs; to establish and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes; and to acquire and own property and hold and administer it in accordance with law.
We hope that Kajang Municipal Council would arrive at an amicable solution on this issue in view of its “Objective” of commitment to provide “responsible municipal management services”, Zed adds.
Rajan Zed says that temples play an effective role in Hindu communities as it is important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society.
Kajang, settled in 1709 and famous for its sate, has reportedly substantial population of Hindus. Notable people associated with Kajang include actress Nora Danish, singer Ning Baizura and football player K. Reuben.