THE demolition of a Hindu shrine in Klang was carried out without incident as worshippers gave their full cooperation to enforcement personnel.
Located on a small plot of land between Sungai Aur and Jalan Remia 2 in Bandar Botanic Klang, the shrine which comprised two buildings was demolished 14 years after it had received its first notice to move out.
As early as 8.30am, police and Federal Reserve Unit (FRU) trucks were seen parked in the vicinity to prevent any untoward incidents.
The FRU personnel formed a barricade to ensure the shrine’s caretakers and the crowd that had gathered were safe during demolition.
The exercise was delayed by a few hours as the caretakers requested for more time to remove the statues of Hindu deities.
“The shrine were supposed to be demolished on Feb 17 together with the cow farm which was operating beside it but the temple caretakers appealed for more time, ” said
Klang District and Land Office chief assistant district officer Mohd Shahrizal Mohd Salleh, who led the operation.
Previously, personnel from the office had demolished a goats’ pen and two cow sheds nearby.
Operators were given two plots of land at Olak Lempit in Tanjung Dua Belas Kuala Langat to relocate to.
The state had also identified land for the shrine’s relocation in Kuala Langat but it was rejected.
“We had given them four warnings to move out with the first notice issued in November 2006, followed by another in October 2017, January 2020 and the final one on Feb 17, ” said Shahrizal.
Also present were personnel from the Klang Municipal Council, Tenaga Nasional Bhd, Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd, Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) and Selangor Drainage and Irrigation Department.
“This operation was done because the land is partly a river reserve while the other portion belongs to Jais.
“Jais plans to build a mosque here and construction works will start soon, ” said Shahrizal.
He said action could be taken for encroaching on government land under Section 425 of the National Land Code 1965.
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