Restoration plans for temple

HELP is on the way to restore the 140-year-old Keong Hock Kwong temple in Nibong Tebal. 

Jawi assemblyman Tan Cheng Liang said Penang Housing, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Syed Amerrudin Syed Ahmad acknowledged that the temple was a heritage building. 

“He will soon be applying for federal funds to restore it. He told me that his officers would conduct a survey on the restoration costs for a proposal to be submitted to the Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry,” she said. 

“I believe temple committee chairman Lee Kooi Hiang will be calling for an emergency general meeting (EGM) to discuss the matter. 

“Whether the building should be used as a temple or restored as a heritage building will depend on the decision made by the members,” Tan said. 

Tan was speaking to reporters after presenting allocation warrants worth RM51,516 from her constituency fund to 18 organisations at her service centre here yesterday. 

On Wednesday, Penang Heritage Trust council member Clement Liang said the temple, built in 1866, had been left to deteriorate after the temple committee invested RM2mil to construct a new temple.