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Tuesday January 22, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
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PETALING JAYA: The Selangor Government must punish the officers responsible for issuing an order against the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Pekan Bangi Lama, Kajang to reduce noise levels and cease religious activities after 6pm, Puchong DAP MP Gobind Singh Deo said.
“This order is outrageous. It is against the spirit of Pakatan Rakyat and an attempt to put Pakatan Rakyat in a bad light,” he said in a statement.
He said it is common for temples to conduct prayers between 6pm and 9pm during which there would be ringing of bells.
“This is a fact. We know it and we respect this,” he said.
He was referring to a move by the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) which ordered the temple to reduce its noise level and cease religious activities after 6pm.
In the Jan 8 compound notice issued to the temple, the council claimed the noise from the temple was a disturbance to the neighbourhood. The notice has since been rescinded.
Temple chairman R. Pannerselvam said prayers were conducted between 6pm and 9pm and bells were rung during prayers.
Gobind said there are clear guidelines provided by the state government requiring all local council officers to refer any issue or complaints on religious affairs to the council's full board before any action can be taken.
“Despite this, we find certain officers openly defying orders. This attitude of officers deliberately ignoring state directives will continue if nothing is done to deter them.”
“The state government must show that it is serious in cases like these and take action against the officers to send a strong message to others who dare defy orders,” he said.
“I call upon the Menteri Besar to ensure that action be taken against officers who defy orders so as to show that the state is serious in making sure that this doesn't occur again,” he said.
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