‘Modern crematorium needed in Tampin’


Veerapan (right) checking the recently repaired perimeter fence at the Repah Hindu burial ground.

TAMPIN needs a modern crematorium to allow people to carry out final rites of their loved ones in a more conducive environment, says Negri Sembilan health committee chairman S. Veerapan.

The Repah assemblyman said the current traditional method of cremating the dead was no longer suitable.

“I have already submitted a proposal to the state government for a modern crematorium.

“Communities that cremate their dead now have to take the remains of their loved ones all the way to Seremban or Melaka for the final rites, and that is quite a distance away,” he said.

He had proposed that the modern crematorium be built near the existing Repah Hindu burial ground.

Veerapan, who also holds the environment, consumerism and cooperatives portfolios, said there was a pressing need for a crematorium in the constituency.

This was exacerbated following the unusually high number of deaths due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic as the state’s main Quarantine and Treatment Centre was located there.

The state government had in December 2020 approved a RM1mil allocation to build a modern crematorium in Sua Betong in Port Dickson.

The project, which had been abandoned since 2016, was finally completed late last year.

The cost to use the crematorium will be about half the amount charged by private crematorium operators.

Separately, Veerapan said a project to rebuild a perimeter fence at the Repah burial ground had also been completed.

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