A LAST-MINUTE fax from the Occupational Safety and Health Department (DOSH) Selangor made it possible for a funfair operator in the Batu Caves temple grounds to start business.
At 4pm on Friday, the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) had only got approvals from the Fire and Rescue Department and the Police and funfair operator Green City Amusement Fair Enterprise did not fully comply with the council’s requirements.
However, one hour later, MPS licensing director Affendei Samingan received the fax from DOSH, giving its go-ahead for the fun fair.
However, when asked to display the fax, Affendei refused, saying it was a confidential document.
Selangor Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government committee chairman V. Ganaba-tirau and MPS councillor Letchimanan Thatharan were all for the funfair, having written recommendation letters to MPS on the operator’s behalf.
Last year, there was no funfair at the site, as the Thaipusam Task Force were against such an event at a religious affair.
“The funfair operator had earlier agreed not to organise it again after the last one in 2012, but somehow this year, they managed to put in their application.
“MPS can only accept their application, which also came with a recommendation from the temple committee,” said MPS president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.
Meanwhile, the Thaipusam Task Force urged devotees, tourists and visitors to boycott the funfair this year as it was against fun and games held on sacred ground.
Klang Malaysia Indian Progressive Association (Mipas) president Arumugam Pillai said the funfair was also unsafe as high-tension cables would be on the ground.
“Besides this, many of the buildings in the temple complex have no Certifcate of Fitness (CF) and if any mishap happens inside the compound, I wonder who is going to be responsible, MPS or the temple committee?
“Last year, there was no funfair. I saw devotees and tourists enjoying sitting at this open space. At the Batu Caves temple complex, there is no open space for people as it is packed. I hope MPS would not let this happen again.
“The funfair lures people, especially those from the outskirts, who waste hundreds of ringgit enjoying the rides while the operator profits. I hope people would boycott it,” he said.