Below: The Malaysian Insider photo of the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple that was demolished this morning.
According to today’s The J-Star report ‘City Hall resumes demolition of temple in Jalan P Ramlee (Update)‘, the temple was built in 1911. It was the only Hindu temple within the Bukit Bintang Golden Triangle.
You can see that adjacent to where the temple was yesterday (today the temple is no more after a dawn raid), is a just completed 30-storey building. This spanking new office tower can only get its Certificate of Fitness (CF) if the contractor builds a 8-foot walkway.
The developer Hap Seng Land will build the walkway required of it on the piece of land on which the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple was located.
This land is Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) reserve land.
The ‘illegal’ Hindu temple has apparently been squatting on the Jalan P. Ramlee land for more than 100 years.
What’s odd is the following sentence in the J-Star report today — “Hap Seng sued City Hall which, in turn, sent an eviction notice to the temple”.
While we can follow the logic of DBKL sending an eviction notice to recover its reserve land from the temple, where is the logic for Hap Seng suing the KL City Hall? Why is a private developer suing the government and what right has it got to do so?
Does our gomen owe Hap Seng a living or are we missing something here?
Aside from commercial buildings in the KL business district, Hap Seng Land most recently built posh bungalows (photo below).
It is quite obvious that Hap Seng’s residential housing projects belong to a different class from the Sri Muneswarar Kaliyaman temple and other houses of worship serving Hindu devotees in Malaysia.