WHILE the Persatuan Hindu Agamam Ani Malaysia claims that the Batu Caves temple committee should be registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS), the committee chairman says otherwise.
Sri Mahamariamman Temple Devasthanam chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah said the temple committee has followed all laws stipulated in the orders issued by the courts since 1930.
Speaking to StarMetro, he said the committee submitted detailed accounts every year to the Attorney General’s Chambers and as well as followed the administration procedure as stipulated.
The selection of committee members were also followed to the tee as per the order.
“All the accounts for the last 20 years have been submitted, they can check it. Let people say what they want, we will know what to say when the time comes,” he added.
Nadarajah added that if the court decreed for the temple committee to be registered, they were prepared to do so.
He said people were under the impression that the temple made a lot of money, which he claimed was false news.
Although the Batu Caves Sri Subramaniar Swamy temple receives a million visitors each year during Thaipusam, only 40,000 to 50,000 people offered prayers, he added.
“Only 40,000 people go up to offer prayers. How much do you think the devotees can put into the undiyal (donation boxes)? People think we are making millions here,” he said.
However, he acknowledged that the temple collected RM2.2mil in this year’s Thaipusam celebrations.
On the subject of the buildings within the Batu Caves temple grounds not having approval from the Selayang Municipal Council, he said this reflected his determination to develop the place for Hindus.
He admitted that numerous applications to the council for the structures including the additional staircase, the shoplots and the world famous huge Murugan statue at the entrance were not approved.
“I built all these for the benefit of the people. Now there are lots of tourists coming, They can take action against me, they can demolish it as well. Even the statue that is internationally recognised does not have approval,” he added.
Nadarajah said he did his part to develop Batu Caves, to encourage visitors from all over the world for the benefit of the people.
Selayang Municipal Council (MPS), when contacted, confirmed that the buildings within the temple grounds still did not have approval.
“This includes the Information Counter or more commonly known as the green building. The plans were submitted by the architect, however, it still did not comply with the requirements,” said MPS corporate department director Mohamad Zin Masoad.
He said the architects needed to check and follow-up with the revised building plans at the council’s building department.
“We are not stalling on the approvals for additional structures at the temple. The architect did not follow-up with us. We have no problems approving their application as long as it meets the requirements,” he added.
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