Sunday, July 20, 2008

Residents Say Proposed Bodhi Park Too Close To Housing Area

The Desa Alam Residents Association is objecting to the upcoming construction of the Bodhi Park in Section U12 here, claiming that it would be located too close to the residential 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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Blogger Chris said...

i am sure he has no objections if a mosque was built "next" to his house.
Call us a nation of multi-racial...indeed

8:03 PM GMT+8  
Blogger bayi said...

When a surau or mosque is built, have they ever considered the feelings of the non-Muslims?


8:57 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, I agree. What about mosque's that has very loudspeakers, broadcasting to everyone whether they want it or not, 5 times a day and beginning before the sun even rises?

9:50 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with the chris and bayi....i am sure many will.
I say go for it, build that park with pride !!
I am not a Buddhist.

9:51 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Loh Gwo Burne. Ahli Parlimen kesayangan anda ini bersama sekumpulan Hindraf telah mengetuai satu bantahan pembinaan surau di Desa Mentari.

11:25 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahmad Shakri Tarmuchi and his kind should be relocated to Iraq/Afghanistan where they can fight for islam as suicide bombers

8:26 AM GMT+8  
Blogger colorless said...

There are two surau less than 300 meters between them surrounding the housing area where I lived. It used to be tolerable few years ago. But it became unbearable the last 2-3 years. It looked like one surau was trying to outdo the other by blasting the speaker to the maximum. The losing surau up the ante by putting up additional speaker. All this “racket” at around 6 am every morning and 5 times a day. Non-Muslims are expected to keep quiet for their insensitivit otherwise we will be known as racist. Look who is the racist now.

10:15 AM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

colorless, in the Western world, the suraus could be penalised and fined for making disturbances. Shame, it wont happen here.

2:19 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This idiot is right. He should not have to put up with Buddhists, Christians, Muslims, etc. Send him to Hospital Bahagia now so that he can be with other idiots.

1:46 PM GMT+8  
Blogger MSO said...

I am agree with all of you if they built in majority area. Desa Alam as far as I know is bout 99% Muslim. The project said for surrounding community...hmmm...unfortunately its only for Buddhist, not for the community there. There, only few, I heard only 4 Chinese from 2++ house. You, your area if majority Buddhist, Muslim will not do something if you built temple. Same with Muslim too, they won't accept this. If you are talking about noise, Muslim never complaint about your smell...especially when you burn your 'colok' every time you pray...Muslim do not like the smell, but that is not the issue for, the 'Azan' also should be not a problem...but here, the project no interest to Desa Alam community...that is what I heard...

4:22 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Bodhi Park project is 50 metres away from the housing area.We the residents will keep on againts the projects.To all Muslims brothres and sisters, please pay a visit to Desa Alam and look at the proposed site. Then u can make your decision. Allah hu Akbar.

1:39 PM GMT+8  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely and totally agree with desa_alam, we are not protest the Buddist park, what we are disagree is the location.

Notice their points :
* A multi-purpose hall to conduct Sunday School for children in and around the area,
* Rooms for meditation and other activities to accommodate the needs of the local residents.

Therefore, majority people around the area and local residents do not need this Buddist park. We are tolerance to all religion, we suggest that this park should be moved to an area where majority is buddhist where they need it more.

The Desa Alam residents have rights.

10:12 AM GMT+8  

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