THE Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) has spent RM31.57mil on various aspects between 2010 and 2020.
Its executive director Datuk M. Ramachandran said a large portion of the expenses — RM24.75mil — went for the upgrading of temples under its care.
He said the board also spent RM3.89mil on education as well as RM890,188 on welfare.
“During the same period, we also we gave away RM438,521 as donations and contributions.
“We also spent RM731,656 for repair works and maintenance of crematoriums, and RM510,583 for repair works and maintenance of premises such as houses and shophouses.
“In 2017, we bought three plots of land in front of Kuil Sri Selva Vinayagar in Prai for RM362,220 as there is a shortage of space at the temple, ” he said.
Ramachandran noted that the figures were released for the first time since the Pakatan Harapan-led Penang government took over in 2008.
Ramachandran was speaking at a dinner held in appreciation of the contributions of PHEB chairman Dr P. Ramasamy, who is also Deputy Chief Minister II and Prai assemblyman.
The recent event was organised by the committee members of Sri Muniswarar Temple, Jalan Baru in Prai.
It was attended by about 200 people from various temple committees, businessmen, teachers, local community leaders and representatives from several non-governmental organisations.
Also present were Ramasamy’s wife K. Kalaiarasi, Bagan Dalam assemblyman M. Satees and The Light Hotel Penang managing director Tan Sri D.Ramesh.
Ramasamy thanked the organising committee for hosting the dinner, adding that the Penang government had allocated RM12.65mil to PHEB between 2010 and 2020.