Shortage of burial plots in Meru


There is a shortage of burial space at the Meru Christian Cemetery. The graveyard is almost filled up and could only accommodate another 500 burial plots.

THE Klang District Christian Cemetery Association (KDCC) is concerned over the shortage of burial space at the Meru Christian Cemetery and are appealing to the district office and the state government to resolve the problem.

KDCC site supervisor Rebecca Isaac said the Meru burial ground was almost filled up and could only accommodate another 500 burial plots.

“Meru Christian Cemetery plot was given by the Klang District Land Office to KDCC on Dec 19, 1970 and Christians were buried in the area from 1976 and close to 6,000 plots had been used so far. Now, we have less than 0.8ha left that could accommodate another 500 burial plots.

“Based on the database of deaths in previous years, KDCC feels the cemetery will be filled up by mid- 2018. Our association is concerned about this as this cemetery serves 44 churches,” she said.

Earlier, the Christian community in Klang used the Jalan Langat Cemetery until 1975.

Rebecca, who is also a parish member of Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Klang said the Klang District Officer should raise the issue with the Selangor government to identify other areas suitable for a burial ground.

“With the space constraint at the Meru burial ground, the other problem we face is that 0.2ha of the land is swampy and water starts to gush out when gravediggers dig the plots about 1.2m deep. Such plots are then abandoned,” she said.

Rebecca added that if the Klang District Office could help to fill earth at the 0.2ha part of the land where water is stagnant and the soil is muddy, it could be used as burial plots.

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