A HINDU temple in Johor Baru has opened a car wash to keep afloat after its income dropped drastically due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
Sri Subramaniar Temple Tampoi chairman K. Arumugam said the movement control order was a wake-up call for the 91-year-old temple to look at other ways to generate income.
He said after two months of planning, the temple located at Jalan Dato Esa, Tampoi, opened the car wash on a piece of land located behind it.
“We believe this is a first in Johor where a car wash is fully operated and managed by a Hindu temple.
“This is a timely effort as we are planning to renovate next year, as Hindu temples usually undergo refurbishment every 12 years, ” he said after the launch of the car wash earlier this month.
Arumugam said public donations had dropped by at least 60% due to the MCO.
He added that besides conducting prayers and religious activities, the temple also carried out community outreach programmes to help the underprivileged, as well as health awareness and educational programmes for the young and seniors.
“During the MCO, we gave groceries to B40 families and also medical equipment such as wheelchairs and beds to patients with chronic illnesses, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Tenggaroh assemblyman and special officer to Johor Mentri Besar K. Raven, who launched the car wash, praised the temple for its initiative.
“They are leading by example and paving the way for other temples to explore various ways to generate an income, ” he said. — By YEE XIANG YUN