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Published: Friday March 29, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 2:12:02 PM

Temple committee slams crematorium critics

THE Sri Selva Vinayagar temple committee in Serendah has slammed former office bearers for publicly expressing their dissatisfaction over the construction of a RM2mil crematorium in the area.

The committee felt that the former office bearers, led by the current temple trustee K. Sathiaseelan, had done great injustice to the temple by blowing the matter out of proportion.

Temple committee chairman D. Manirajoo said the disgruntled group’s actions had done more harm than good.

He said they had failed to use the right channels to discuss the crematorium issue and they should not have aired their grievances in public.

“They have never brought up the issue with the committee despite being given the opportunity.

“The group should have highlighted the matter during the last annual general meeting (AGM) held in March last year,” he said.

Manirajoo stressed there was nothing wrong in the manner the RM2mil crematorium project was awarded, as claimed by the group.

He said the committee was satisfied the money had been well spent and were happy that a proper crematorium had finally been put in place.

“We have fully utilised the RM2mil allocation from the Prime Minister’s Department and I do not understand what the fuss is all about.

“I also think that the comparison to the newly-built RM1.2mil crematorium in Puchong is unfair as price is a subjective matter,” he said, adding that the incinerators at the crematorium were imported from the Netherlands.

However, Manirajoo said the accounts relating to the RM2mil allocation would be tabled at the upcoming AGM in about two months.

Until then, he said, the group should stop their irresponsible actions which had brought the temple into disrepute.

Meanwhile, Manirajoo also said the temple committee was looking forward to Hulu Selangor MP P. Kamalanathan’s intervention to resolve the crematorium issue.

He said that as the MP for the area, Kamalanathan was the right person to act as a mediator.

On March 14, StarMetro had highlighted the issue, where temple trustee and former committee chairman Sathiaseelan alleged that the new crematorium did not meet expectations and that there was no open tender for the project.

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