Residents Say Proposed Bodhi Park Too Close To Housing Area
Its chairman, Ahmad Shakri Tarmuchi, handed a memorandum from the residents to Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan at the ground-breaking ceremony of Bodhi Park on Sunday.
The Bodhi Park is to be located on a 0.68-hectare site, and will comprise an auditorium, a centre for Buddhist research and studies, a multipurpose hall, and a main shrine for devotees. The project is undertaken by the Malaysian Buddhist Youth Foundation.
Ahmad Shakri told reporters the residents were not informed of the project by the City Council and there was no notice board at the site announcing the project from the time they had occupied the housing estate in December 2006.
Malaysian Buddhist Youth Foundation Director Goh Seng Chai told reporters the Bodhi Park was meant for Buddhist education as well as to guide youths who had strayed back to the right path.
He said the land for the project was bought from the Selangor Economic Development Corporation for RM95,844 and the sale-and-purchase agreement was signed in April 2004.
In the early 1990's, the foundation bought a 0.6-hectare piece of land in Section 24 for the project but the state government found it unsuitable for religious use and offered the alternative site in November 2002, he added.
Goh said the development order for the project was approved on April 24 this year and construction was scheduled to commence in September. (Bernama)
***** So we have this great plan called the Bodhi Park. It is for a good purpose and so far no fault can be found with the intentions of those who are behind it who have scrupulously followed the rules in obtaining permission to build the Park.
However there happens to be a teeny-weeny problem -- it is a Buddhist project and THAT in this intolerant country is a big no-no to some. As you must have noted above, the state government found the original location unsuitable for religious use and offered the present site in November 2002. But now we have this gentleman by the name of Ahmad Shakri Tarmuchi who objects because it is too close to his house! How far away will be acceptable to him? 2, 200 or 2000 kilometers from Desa Alam? Sad.
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