PSM slams MPKj for inaction over temple land dispute

PSM slams MPKj for inaction over temple land dispute

PUCHONG: Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) today hurled brickbats at the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) for dragging its feet in resolving a tussle between a temple and developer in Ladang Bangi.

“I am worried. Like the Seafield temple incident, a small issue can go out of control if what needs to be done is delayed,” said PSM central committee member S Arutchelvan in a statement today.

He said that the developer had sealed off the access road leading to the Hindu temple in Ladang Bangi on May 8, leading to dissatisfaction among the community there.

The developer was earlier said to have promised not to close the access road pending the completion of an alternative road.

However, Arutchelvan alleged that the developer had filled a tunnel needed to access the temple with sand and stone and subsequently erecting hoardings.

He added that the developer had also locked the gates to the access road.

Arutchelvan said he could not understand why MPKj, which has the power to act against the developer, had refused to do so and had let the matter persist for one week.

“Why can’t MPKj use its enforcers to open the lock when the developer has clearly gone against the local council’s instructions?

“Does this mean that the developer has immunity? Or is it the local council and the state government do not have teeth to act on it?” he asked.

In 2016, the developer had provided the land for the estate workers in Ladang Bangi to erect a temple as compensation.

The developer had also promised to provide each family with low-cost apartment, which they delivered in February 2019.

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