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Islam Hindu Temple Renovation Disrespects Malaysia's Islamic Status


1947-2014 (Archived)
Jun 17, 2004
Muslim group claims Hindu temple renovation ‘disrespects’ Malaysia’s ‘Islamic’ status

by Zurairi Ar

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — A RM10 million budget to renovate a Hindu temple in Klang, Selangor has drawn the ire of Muslim activists who today claimed the project promotes “infidel religions” and jeopardises Malaysia’s position as an “Islamic country”.

Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (ISMA) said the Sri Sundaraja Perumal temple renovation, if allowed to proceed, would lower Malaysia’s image as a modern “Islamic country” in the eyes of Muslim tourists—especially those from the Middle East.

“A project like that has gone beyond the Constitution’s meaning which guarantees freedom of religion because it has exceeded the Constitution’s provision which promises the right to practise a religion,” said ISMA president Abdullah Zaik Abdul Rahman in a statement.

“The Prime Minister has pledged to uphold and raise the syiar (glory) of Islam. Any desire to renovate holy sites over what is necessary, such as under the name of tourist attraction goes against that pledge.”

Abdullah claimed that the renovation is an attempt by non-Muslims who are trying to promote their religion using an “unhealthy” competition without respecting Malaysia’s alleged status as an “Islamic country”.

Sri Sundaraja Perumal is currently being rebuilt as a tourism icon for Klang, and is expected to open its doors to global worshippers and tourists from 2015.

It was the first granite temple in the country, which structure followed a design formulae defined by southern Indian temple builders thousands of years ago, according to temple president S. Anandakrishnan.

The Hindu temple—dubbed the Thirupathi of South-East Asia after a famed temple in India—has enlisted the efforts of 50 stone carvers and their families in Kanchipuram, 60km from Chennai, India, to craft the all-granite temple.

Last month, ISMA had attacked a planned 500-acre mega tourism project in Pahang called the “1Malaysia Spiritual Tourism” project, calling it a challenge to the position of Islam as the religion of the federation.

The project, which is undertaken by a company called Enchant Acres Sdn Bhd, will include the creation of a religious and cultural retreat in Pahang that promotes Buddhism, Taoism, Hinduism, Sikhism, Confucianism, Christianity, as well as the Sai Baba and I-Kuan Tao movements, according to the company website.

The group had also criticised the recent construction of Calvary Church’s Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur that is touted as the largest church building in Southeast Asia.

The Pentecostal church is 600,000 square-feet large and has a 5,000 seat auditorium, as well as a multi-purpose hall, a nursery, lecture halls, and classrooms. Retail stores and cafes will also be built soon.

What readers thought of the news. SPN members are tame by comparison.

J Daniels · 24 minutes ago
Advice to ISMA president - Malaysian HIndus are citizens of Malaysia whereas Middle East Muslims are foreigners and foreigners opinions are insignificant in Malaysia. He should instead follow the Malay proverb which advises against giving face to such foreigners ; "Beruk di hutan disusukan, anak sendiri kelaparan".

crazykoop · 1 hour ago
The problem about building places of worship did not arise before, The problem is, Hindu temples have been built here eons ago, and it has never threaten other religions so why start questioning now? it's just when old wounds have healed we start opening new ones. It's like we keep beating ourselves silly with topic. Come to think about it when we're all six feet under, the arguments would be the furthest from our minds.

SayNO · 1 hour ago
Another round of rubbish spewing from the mouths of ignorant bigots. Tell me, who appointed them 'guardian of this land'? So what if you claim to be the majority? Malaysia now appears to be a failed state akin to Hitler's Germany

desiderata2 86p · 1 hour ago
My dear Chan Kam Nam, there will be silence as Muslims fear being labelled as traitors to their own religion more than anything. The general silence after 9/11 is certainly instructive. It has become fashionable for some Muslims to be outdoing each other in extremism as an outward expression of their piousness.

MekKim 155p · 1 hour ago
Now all kinds of Muslim NGOs (whatever they mean by that) will make noises (whatever noises) for whatever matters that concern non-Muslims. This is the result of not using brains but mouths. THE WORLD IS LAUGHING..ha ha ha

sputjam -133p · 2 hours ago
Some people are born paranoid. They should seek treatment.

pache 149p · 2 hours ago
It seems that certain "extremists" are actively putting pressure on the government to erode the rights of the minorities beyond what is enshrined in the Federal Constitution. Malaysia was always meant ot be a secular state and Islamic laws were only applicable to muslims and then limited to personal and famaily matters. Our government needs to put such groups in their place and set the agenda for moderation or risk the agenda being set for them by these "extremists". The Malaysian indian hindus also pay taxes to the government, why shouldn't the government help them. If the government only helps the muslims then why are the non muslims paying the majority of the taxes to the government (muslims pay zakat more than income taxes). Why should the minorities continue to bear the greater burden of the taxes and receive the "loose change" from the government.


cheahsinghwa 0p · 2 hours ago
Fellow Malaysians, BE TOLERANCE. God is tolerance and allows all these religions to flourish. If not, He would have zapped all these religions (save the one He instituted).

bimasakti 110p · 2 hours ago
Is this complaint a *** for tat on the Korban brouhaha?

Chan Kam Nam · 3 hours ago
Narrow minded views from people who do not represent the majority of liberal minded Malays / Muslims. To my Malay / Muslim friends and fellow citizens, please voice our that you do not share such views.

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Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
In the first comment there is a Malay Proverb.." Beruk di hutan disusukan, anak sendiri kelaparan"." For SPN readers this proverb means.."Breast feeding the MONKEY in the forest while ones own child goes HUNGRY" Reference to "Pandering to Arab/Iranian tourists at the expense of MALAYSIAN CITIZENS for past 150 years who have shed their sweat and blood for Malaysia ``!!:singhfacepalm::singhfacepalm::singhfacepalm: :singhfacepalm::singhfacepalm:

Gyani Jarnail Singh

Sawa lakh se EK larraoan
Jul 4, 2004
IN Malaysia if one pays ZAKAT...that is DEDUCTIBLE form INCOME TAX....and ZAKAT is 100% for MUSLIM USE ONLY....Hence the BULK of the TAXES for Govt Expenditure comes form Non-Muslim TAXPAYERS..and not only that..ALL Mosques etc are constructed and maintained at GOVT expense using Govt Funds coming form those same Taxes !!!
A Classic Case of.."What is MINE ALONE......what is also MINE !!:singhfacepalm::singhfacepalm::singhfacepalm: :singhfacepalm::singhfacepalm:

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