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Perobohan Rumah Ibadat Haram

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Perobohan kampung dan juga surau di Kg. Berembang, Selangor pada November 2006 lalu dijustifikasikan dengan alasan penempatan haram oleh Majlis Perbandaran Ampang Jaya (MPAJ). Beratus polis FRU dan pegawai MPAJ hadir di kampung tersebut untuk memastikan perobohan rumah rakyat miskin tersebut berjaya dilaksanakan mengikut jadual. Kedurjanaan ini dilakukan atas nama pembangunan. Jika difikirkan kembali secara logik, penduduk di situ adalah penduduk setinggan maka mereka menetap di atas tanah kerajaan secara haram. Salahkah jika MPAJ melaksanakan tanggungjawab mereka mengambil balik tanah milik kerajaan?

Namun, setelah kes ini di bawa ke mahkamah, pihak MPAJ bersetuju untuk menyediakan penempatan baru untuk penduduk Kg. Berembang di samping wang pampasan. Tetapi pihak kerajaan negeri terus dengan egonya mengasak penduduk miskin ini. Kg. Berembang menjadi padang jarak padang terkukur selepas itu. Di mana menteri-menteri Kabinet? Tiada seorang pun membela ketidakadilan ini.

Tetapi lihat sahaja kenyataan Menteri Kerja Raya di bawah, beliau beriya-iya memohon supaya “the government to not resort to drastic measures like demolishing temples, even though they have been constructed illegally.” Pihak kerajaan tempatan (PBT) tidak sewenang-wenangnya merobohkan mana-mana rumah ibadat sekalipun bukan Islam. Rumah-rumah ibadat yang diroboh hanyalah yang dibina secara haram iaitu tidak mendapat kebenaran pihak berkuasa. Lihat sahaja di kawasan kompleks membeli-belah Mid Valley, di situ sahaja sudah ada satu kuil Hindu. Kini, sebuah lagi kuil sedang dibina di sebelah kompleks tersebut. Senario ini amat biasa dilihat. Di dalam kawasan beradius 1-1.5km, pemandangan dua tiga kuil adalah biasa. Jika memandu melalui ‘jalan lama’ dari Teluk Intan ke Manjung, di sepanjang jalan tersebut, kita pasti dapat melihat beberapa buah kuil Hindu yang dibina menghampiri satu sama lain terutama apabila semakin menghampiri bandar Teluk Intan. Padahal berapa ramai sangat penganut Hindu di kawasan tersebut.

Adakah ini yang dikatakan keadilan apabila berlaku diskriminasi ke atas agama dan kaum tertentu? Mengapa pula kedai-kedai yang dibuka secara haram oleh kaum Bumiputera dan Muslim di Kelang dirobohkan oleh Majlis Perbandaran Kelang tahun lepas tidak mendapat pembelaan mana-mana menteri termasuk pihak pembangkang dan NGO? Fikir-fikirkanlah…

 

Don’t demolish temples, minister tells state govts 

KUALA LUMPUR: MIC president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu has called upon all state governments and local authorities that wanted to demolish Hindu temples in their areas, to cease immediately, as their actions could be construed as being disrespectful to Hinduism.

“The demolition of a temple in Kg Karuppiah, Padang Jawa, on Tuesday night hurt the feelings of the Hindu community in the area.

“Temples are still being destroyed even though I have repeatedly brought the issue up during meetings with menteris besar and chief ministers,” he said in a statement yesterday.

He added that the first principle of the Rukun Negara was “belief in God” and that the government could not penalise those who merely wished to practise their religion and exercise their right to believe in God.

“It is a well-known fact that the majority of Hindu voters, and almost the entire Indian community in fact, are Barisan Nasional supporters.

“As such, I am pleading with the government to not resort to drastic measures like demolishing temples, even though they have been constructed illegally.”

Samy Vellu said the Indian community had no choice but to build their temples on private or government-owned land, as they did not own any land of their own to build the temples on in order to fulfil their religious obligations.

He called upon state governments and local councils to find alternative locations to replace temples that are earmarked for demolition or to merge smaller temples on a bigger plot of land.

“I would also like to advise Hindus to not build temples any where they please, but only on permitted land,” he said.

New Straits Times, 1 November 2007

 

Written by horizontimur

November 1, 2007 at 2:02 pm

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