FT Ministry identifies 115 illegal houses of worship in KL, eight offered new sites

KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Ministry has identified 115 non-Muslim houses of worship in the capital built without approval on government land.

Its Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Edmund Santhara Kumar said that eight of these were offered plots of land to relocate to.

He said an executive committee was formed under the Federal Territories Land and Mines Office (PPTGWP) to discuss the matter.

The committee, he added, also consulted bodies such as the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, Malaysia Buddhist Association, and Malaysia Tao Religion Organisation.

"Since its inception last August, the committee has held five meetings to discuss 28 houses of worship, of which eight have been offered alternative sites.

"These land plots will be gazetted as places of worship to prevent future development from taking place there," said Santhara at a press briefing at Menara DBKL on Wednesday (April 14).

He said out of the 115 places of worship, 56 were being considered for relocation due to planned developments in these areas.

"We have received requests for PPTGWP to assist in vacating these plots to make way for development.

"As for the rest, PPTGWP will continuously engage and advise them to relocate as there is no urgency yet for them to move," he said.

Santhara reminded religious associations to obtain planning approval from Kuala Lumpur City Hall before building any structures.

"The ministry and its agencies are committed towards ensuring harmony among the various races in the country," he added.

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