HINDU temples can enjoy the trust of people in a neighbourhood if it displays simple acts of kindness to the less fortunate, irrespective of race or religion.
Selangor socioeconomic, empowerment, development and caring government committee chairman V. Ganabatirau said Hindu temples must understand that it was important to reach out to neighbours and express kindness.
“I am glad that during the movement control order (MCO) from March 18, several Hindu temples reached out to people in various constituencies to help those in need of basic provisions,” he said.
Ganabatirau added that temples must work to build a network that was recognised in a residential area as houses of worship could help transform lives and ignite goodwill.
He said this when presenting a RM345,000 allocation to 39 Hindu temples, in an initiative by Selangor’s non-Muslim places of worship committee, at the state secretariat building.
The Hindu temples were given RM3,000, RM5,000 and RM10,000 depending on their needs.
He added that the state government approved an annual allocation of RM1.7mil that would benefit non-Muslim places of worship.
“The Selangor government is happy to learn that the allocation was used wisely as several temples helped people in dire need during the MCO,” he said after meeting temple representatives.
The financial aid is a package approved by Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari. — By EDWARD RAJENDRA
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