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Published: Monday March 11, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Thursday April 18, 2013 MYT 12:39:07 AM

Minister: No need for more Hindu temples

THERE is no need for more Hindu temples in the city, said Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan.

“There are already more than enough temples in the city,” he said.

Instead, Saravanan said the community should focus on building business and education opportunities.

“Economic empowerment is important if we want to make a life in the city.

“The only way to achieve this is through education and business, especially now when what used to be traditional jobs for the Indian community are being taken over by foreign workers,” he said.

Saravanan said this during a ceremony recently to hand over business licences to vendors.

With the licences in hand, they will be able to rent stalls in the newly completed Medan Aneka in Leboh Ampang, Kuala Lumpur.

Also present were Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) hawker management director Rolan Abdul Rahman, DBKL deputy director-general (project implementation and maintenance) Mohd Najib Mohd, DBKL advisory board member P. Guna­seelan and Leboh Ampang Traders Association president Abdul Rasull Abdul Razak.

About 11 vendors, who have been operating roadside stalls in Leboh Ampang, will now be able to rent stalls that come equipped with roller shutters as well as electricity and water supply.

The 11 stalls located in Lorong Melaka, off Jalan Leboh Ampang, are only for vendors who have been operating in the area for more than 10 years.

“The hawker centre is estimated to cost about RM222,000, and funds will be from the provision set by the Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Ministry,” Sara­vanan said.

Sundaram Subramaniam, 53, one of the recipients of the licence, said: “I have been selling string-hoppers here for the last 27 years and I am extremely happy to finally be able to have a comfortable place to run my business.”

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