THE Federal Government has allocated RM5.4mil to build three new crematoriums in Selangor
Barisan Nasional Selangor Indian Affairs and Development officer K. Partiban said the crematoriums would be built on land currently gazetted as Hindu burial grounds.
“One is off Jalan Keretapi in Pekan Kapar in Klang, while the other two are in Sungai Sedu in Kuala Langat and Semenyih in Kajang.
“Each will cost RM1.8mil and will have two burners, landscaping and carparks,” said Partiban.
The allocation is from the Selangor Implementation Coordination Unit (ICU), under the Prime Minister’s Department.
However, the Malaysian Indian Cemetery Association (Mica) said the Selangor government should allocate land specifically for the crematoriums.
Mica president M.M. Raman said the current burial grounds were needed.
“We need the land for burial plots.
“We want Selangor to make available 0.4ha for each crematorium,” he said.
He added the money should be given to the respective local councils and tenders should not be called until the land has been identified.
Mica has been reclaiming Hindu burial grounds that have been converted into oil palm plantations and warehouses, among others.
The association has started a drive to clean up the Simpang Lima Hindu Burial Ground, off Jalan Langat, Klang.
Mica volunteers have been spending weekends cutting the grass, removing litter and cleaning the headstones.
Kuala Langat MIC division chief S. Batumalai said he supported Mica’s call for the Selangor government provide new land.
“We must not use existing cemeteries for the new crematoriums as there is a shortage of burial land,” he added. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA
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