THE Culture, Arts and Heri-tage Ministry will repair and strengthen the foundation of the Hill Top Murugan Temple in Waterfall Road in Pe-nang and St Michael Church in Sandakan.
Deputy Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said the foundation of the two buildings were not that strong.
He said the respective church and temple committees have asked for funds to repair the leaking roofs.
“But after visiting the two houses of worship built in the 19th century, I feel strongly that more in-depth study need to be done to ascertain the strength of the founda- tion.
“The temple, built in 1850, is possibly erected near ground water source, while the 118-year-old church was built from stone block without any piling job,” he said.
Wong said this after visiting the Hill Top Murugan Temple recently.
Also present were the state People’s Progressive Party chairman Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan and the temple building committee chairman Datuk R. Rajasingam.
“The church committee sour-ced for funds from the minis-try to repair leakages on the roof. But after visiting the church, I realise there is a need to check the foundation.
“Weather changes and leakages could have weakened the structure,” he said, adding that funds would be given to re- pair the roofs of the church and the temple.
He called on the respective committees to submit their consultant reports to the Natio-nal Heritage Department.
“We will look into this matter,” he said, adding that both structures were historically significant.
Dr Loga Bala said the temple attracted about 600,000 devotees from northern states during Thaipusam.