Illegal funeral parlour in Klang ordered to stop services, relocate

Those living in houses along Jalan Telipok Kampung Pandan (left) want MPK to evict the illegal funeral parlour seen on the right. — SS KANESAN/The Star

KLANG Municipal Council (MPK) has ordered an unlicensed makeshift funeral parlour in Kampung Pandan to cease all its funeral services.

This includes burning paper offerings and joss sticks, as well as the sale of coffins.

In an official letter issued to the Residents Association (RA) of Jalan Telipok Kampung Pandan two weeks ago, MPK secretary Elya Marini Darmin said the funeral parlour owner had been ordered to end all funeral services and to relocate to an appropriate site.

The RA president Dr Elangovan Krishnan, who made the letter available to the media, said MPK had stated that enforcement action would be taken if the funeral parlour operator failed to abide by the order.

In the letter dated Dec 30, 2021, Elya Marini assured residents in the area that MPK would conduct checks from time to time to prevent nuisance at the site.

Dr Elangovan said the residents were happy with the council’s response but claim that the funeral parlour owner had yet to comply.

“We understand that MPK issued the order on Dec 10, 2021, but until today, the funeral parlour’s makeshift extension next to the old folks home in Jalan Telipok has not been dismantled.

“One funeral service was held after the order was issued.

“Our residents also say that the sale of caskets is still ongoing.

“We want MPK to enforce its decision and resolve this issue,” he added.

In November last year, StarMetro reported that in mid-2019, the residential cluster made up of 35 houses and the Tien En Dao Tang old folks home objected to the presence of the funeral parlour.

Residents felt uneasy seeing hearses parked opposite their homes and coffins placed outside.

Chinese rituals, including the slaughter of chickens, were carried out accompanied by loud music.

Resident Masmuni Misran, 55, welcomed MPK’s decision but wanted the council to be stern and enforce the ruling to remove the funeral parlour soon.

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