Compiled by C. ARUNO, XIAO TONG and R. ARAVINTHAN
SEBERANG Prai Sri Maha Mariamman Temple has started work to replace its old wedding hall which was structurally damaged.
Makkal Osai reported that the temple, which is about 200 years old, began as a small hut temple to serve the plantation residents.
Temple committee chairman T. Veeraiya said that as Perai developed into a modern town, the temple grew and built a wedding hall.
However, the hall had to be torn down for safety reasons.
Committee secretary M. Gnanasekaran said that with the support of Penang Deputy Chief Minister Prof Dr P. Ramasamy, who is also Perai assemblyman, and MIC president Senator Tan Sri S.A Vigneswaran, the committee was able to begin construction of a new hall which would feature space for religious and cultural classes.
The committee is also looking to raise an addition of one million ringgit to complete the hall and classrooms with all the necessary modern facilities to serve the community better.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.