KUALA LUMPUR: The Government has announced an allocation of RM2mil for an Indian Cultural Centre to be built in the vicinity of the Batu Caves temple.
Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said on Wednesday (Jan 31) that the Government remained committed to promote the area as an internationally recognised tourist spot.
"Today, I represent the Government to give an additional allocation of RM2mil from the RM25mil it requires as part of the preparation to set up the cultural complex near the temple," he said in his speech in conjunction with Thaipusam celebrations here on Wednesday.
Dr Ahmad Zahid also said that he was impressed with the unity shown by the various races during the celebration.
"The sense of harmony and respect among various races and religion are reflected here at this celebration.
"We will continue to respect other religions as provided under Article 11 of the Federal Constitution," he said.
Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, urged the Tourism Ministry to double its promotional efforts to attract more tourists to visit Batu Caves.
"We will give additional funds to promote Batu Caves in a bid to turn it into an iconic destination for tourists," he said.