MB: Names yet to be given for cave temple committee

IPOH: The Perak government is waiting for the 14 affected cave temples to submit the names of their representatives to be part of a special committee.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Saarani Mohamad said he had called the Perak Land and Mines Department this week to check on the matter involving the 14 temples that had received eviction notices from the Kinta District’s Land Office.

“I’ve called the department and they informed me that they are still waiting for the temples to give the names of their representatives for the committee.

“The committee will include both representatives from the government, including parties like MCA, and the Opposition such as DAP and PKR, as I don’t want to politicise the matter,” he told reporters after visiting villagers at Kampung RPT Chepor here yesterday.

The state has set up a special committee to review the condition of the 14 caves.

On Jan 7, 14 temples, including the 155-year-old Nam Thean Tong Cave, were served with eviction notices from the Kinta District’s Land Office and told to vacate within 30 days.

On Jan 10, Perak MCA chairman Datuk Dr Mah Hang Soon said the Perak Land and Mines Department had revoked the eviction notices after a meeting between him, the department, and representatives from the cave temples.

However, a few days later, Saarani announced that the notices had not been revoked.

On another matter, Saarani said the state would look into the flash floods occurring at Kampung RPT Chepor.

“At a meeting with some of the villagers, we heard their complaints. Even though what is happening there is not massive flooding, flash floods bring mud and cause misfortune to the villagers.

“We will bring the matter to the state meeting to see what we can do to solve this,” he said.

Villager Baharin Abdul Aziz, 57, was one of the flood victims.

“Since my house is quite high, the flood didn’t enter my house, but for some villagers, the flood entered their houses and destroyed household items,” he said.

“We hope that the state government will take immediate action, including inspecting the nearby drain as we believe that could be why this is happening,” he added.

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