BATU CAVES, 17 Jan: the Selangor Government is ready to give approval for the cable car construction project near the Sri Sburamaniar Temple if it meets all safety requirements prescribed.
The Chief Minister of Selangor, Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, said that the approval is being considered because Batu Caves is famous for building houses of worship for the Indian community, in addition to being a tourist attraction, especially those from abroad.
He said that the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) has been studying the construction site to ensure that the project runs smoothly because it is a limestone area.
“The study conducted by experts show that it is in good condition. We will give approval to build it.
“However, I ask the temple committee to attend a briefing to look at the land situation here. We have records of up to 10 metres below the surface,” he said in front of 7,000 Hindus in conjunction with the Thaipusam celebration yesterday.
Also present was the Chairman of the Sri Mariamar Temple, Tan Sri Nadaraja; Selangor Executive Councillor V Ganabatira; the Member of Parliament for Gombak, Azmin Ali; the Member of Parliament for Selayang, William Leong; the Assemblyman for Batu Caves, Amirudin Shari and the Assemblywoman for Rawang, Gan Peo Nei.
Abdul Khalid said that a group of experts have been sent to Hong Kong to study the appropriate design for the cable cars with the best safety features.
He said that the project should be built properly because it does not only reflect Selangor’s image, but also the image of Malaysia.
“If the temple (committee) is not satisfied with this, they can discuss with the state government and MPS.
“We are showing that Selangor’s administration is very professional. We can show that what is important is that those constricting buildings must follow the rules.
“We believe that the development in this area will be improved for the better,” he said.
Abdul Khalid also informed that Selangor will announce the state development plan for the next two years with an allocation of RM1 billion in February.