Residents want official letter on scrapped columbarium project

RESIDENTS of Section 2, Wangsa Maju, are urging Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to issue a written notice that the proposed plans to build a columbarium in the area will not go ahead.

Despite a verbal agreement by Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, residents are worried as they claim soil testing works are still being done at the site.

Vista Wira Condominium Management Corporation chairman Neo Boon Kheng, who is an engineer by profession, said residents had noticed ongoing soil-testing activities.

“During a meeting with Tengku Adnan and DBKL officers last week, we were informed that the columbarium project would not go ahead. If that is the case, why is there testing being done?” he questioned.

“We would like DBKL to issue an official letter to state that the project has been scrapped,” he said.

Residents object to the columbarium project as they fear it will cause problems in future.

Vista Wira Condominium Management Corporation vice-chairman Thomas Leong said he feared traffic would come to a standstill when families visited the columbarium, particularly during festivals such as Qing Ming.

“Where will they park their cars?” he said.

“We were fine when the funeral parlour was operating here, because it served the community’s needs. We were shocked when the parlour was torn down last year. Then we heard about plans to build a columbarium there. There were even people handing out brochures advertising the columbarium to residents,” he said.

Neo said his committee had sent more than 10 letters to DBKL, inquiring about the status of the plans and objecting to the project.

“We were ecstatic when Federal Territory MCA chairman Datuk Yew Teong Look and DBKL told us the plans were scrapped,” he said.

It had previously been reported that the land was given to the Wangsa Maju Residents Bereavement and Loss Association more than 20 years ago to manage it as a funeral parlour for non-Muslims.

However, the association had applied to redevelop the land into a four-storey columbarium.

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