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Published: Saturday February 2, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Saturday April 20, 2013 MYT 3:42:35 PM

Enforcement notices to places of worship must go through council

ANY notices to be issued to places of worship have to be referred to the council, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Datuk Hassan Nawawi Abdul Rahman said at the council’s full board meeting on Thursday.

This decision was made following the controversy regarding the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Pekan Bangi Lama.

As reported in The Star on Jan 25, the temple committee claimed that it had received a notice to reduce the noise level and cease religious activities after 6pm.

Hassan clarified that the time was misquoted as residents complained that the temple carried out activities between 3am and 5am, not after 6pm.

“Previously, it was the authority of the enforcement department to issue notices.

“However, from now, all notices to be issued to places of worship have to go through me or my deputy,” he said.

The council has begun issuing compound notices to building owners who have carried out illegal renovations after June 2012.

“For the past two years, we have been focusing on unapproved renovations.

“Some thought we were issuing summonses at the time, but the previous notices were issued to remind the owners to submit their building plans.

“About 45% have submitted their plans to us; as for the remainder, it is their loss as they cannot claim insurance if anything were to happen to the building and they will have problems when they sell their properties as the illegal renovation will not be acknowledged by the council,” he said.

The meeting was also councillor S.T. Chandra Mohan’s last full board meeting as he has been appointed a senator.

“The past five years had been a pleasant learning experience. It was tough at first and there was a sharp learning curve.

“There will always be a difference in opinions but we agree to disagree without being disagreeable,” he said.

Fellow councillor Lee Kee Hiong will take over duties for Chandra’s zone.

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