Lantern sculptures light up Dataran Banting for CNY

Lantern sculptures have been installed at Dataran Banting by MPKL and Fo Guang Shang Dong Zen temple to usher in Chinese New Year.

A BEAUTIFICATION project featuring 24 lantern lights at Dataran Banting in Kuala Langat has become the latest tourism draw for visitors to the Selangor district.

With an aim to create a festive mood for the coming Chinese New Year celebrations, the decorative lights were installed on Jan 13.

The lantern lights that take the shape of Chinese pottery and animal zodiac signs will light up the area until Feb 21.

The project is a collaboration between Kuala Langat Municipal Council (MPKL) and Fo Guang Shang Dong Zen Temple located in Jenjarom.

“The idea took root when MPKL president Datuk Amirul Azizan Abd Rahim took office in July 2020 and he had taken an extensive tour of the areas under MPKL’s jurisdiction to familiarise himself,” said Banting assemblyman Lau Weng San.

“He saw the many lights put up by the temple committee to beautify the main road in Kampung Baru Sungai Jarom,” he said.

Noticing how impressed Amirul was, Lau spoke to the temple committee to propose a collaboration with the local council.

“As the temple would hold annual light lantern festivals in time with the celebrations observed by the Chinese new village, they had many such sculptures in storage.

“As not all the sculptures would be displayed at the same time, it was proposed that some sculptures could be loaned to MPKL for beautification efforts.

“The proposal was well received by the temple committee,” the assemblyman added.

Amirul extended his appreciation to the Fo Guang Shang Dong Zen temple for their efforts and encouraged the public to visit the park and enjoy the charming lantern-lit landscape.

MPKL councillor Yong Keh Chyn roped in six volunteers to help instal the lanterns at Dataran Banting on Jan 13.

He said that discussions were held with the council’s Landscape and Engineering departments to determine the placement of the lights for technical reasons and to ensure that they would not offend public sensitivities.

“We had to consider power points and the reach of electrical wiring,” he explained.

He said public feedback was positive and he had noticed many families of all races visiting the park to admire the lanterns.

Initially, it was proposed that Morib should also be included in this beautification project but it was shelved due to lack of time.

Yong said MPKL and the temple wanted to assess the success of the project at Dataran Banting.

“It will be a platform for both parties to iron out teething problems, if any, for future improvement,” he added.

MPKL councillor Lim Tou Yih said the new attraction would give people a new reason to visit Banting, which is the seat of the council’s administration.

“They can visit the beaches in the day, followed by a seafood dinner and then spend the evening under the stars at this public park before heading home,” he suggested.

Addressing worries over theft, vandalism and other security issues, he said such acts were unlikely because the park was located a stone’s throw from the MPKL and Kuala Langat police headquarters.

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