KUALA LUMPUR — Nov. 28, 2018: The government will make it a condition for houses of worship to be built only with approval from local authorities.
In stating this today, Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad remarked that the problem was “temples are being built on other people’s land”.
“That (requirement) will solve the problem. The problem now is because temples are built without any regard as to who owns the land. Later when the owner wants back the land, it becomes a problem.
“Temples are being built anywhere, even on other people’s land. That is the problem we are seeing today,” Mahathir said at a press conference after his Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia supreme council meeting.
Mahathir was responding to a question on the government’s move to prevent a recurrence of incidents similar to that at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in USJ 25, Putra Heights.
The government will explain in the Dewan Rakyat tomorrow on the USJ 25 incident if the emergency motion tabled by lawmakers to seek a debate on it is approved by the speaker. Yesterday, Pakatan Harapan and Barisan Nasional lawmakers put aside their political differences and submitted the motion.
Commenting on the position of the temple, Mahathir said it was not very clear at the moment. — Bernama