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Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah was alleged to have promised to get each committee member at least one unit in the housing project that will take place on the temple land. — File pic Wikipedia
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PUTRAJAYA, Sept 8, 2014:
Batu Caves Sri Subramaniam Temple chairman Tan Sri R. Nadarajah and its committee members are facing allegations of corruption in trying to sell of a piece of temple land to a developer.
Save Batu Caves Action Committee adviser and lawyer M. Manoharan said that based on meeting minutes, the committee decided that a four-acre land belonging to the temple will be sold to a developer for RM250 million.
“The temple will receive 25% of the selling price, while the rest will go to the developer.
“Some of the 53 committee members who were present queried why the temple is only getting 25%, but were told by Nadarajah that negotiation with the developer had been completed the decision is final.
“No explanation was also given on why the developer is getting the remaining 75%,” said Manoharan, who is also Kota Alam Shah state assemblyman.
He alleged that Nadarajah even promised to get each committee member at least one unit in the housing project that will take place on the land, if they stopped asking further questions.
“This is a crying shame and many Hindu devotees at the temple have been saddened and appalled, because the committee is supposed to be custodian of the temple.
“The committee is entrusted to protect the temple’s interest and are not supposed to sell its assets to the public, especially not for monetary gains,” he told reporters before lodging a report at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Putrajaya today.
Also present were PKR’s Port Dickson assemblyman M. Ravi, who is a committee member of the Save Batu Caves Action Committee.
Manoharan said the land, located some 2km from Batu Caves temple, was donated by a chettiar (moneylender) known as Thambipillay for the benefit and welfare of the Hindu community.
He said the land is meant for agriculture, but had been rented out to second hand car dealers instead.
“We also recently found out that the land had been mortgaged in 2003 to a bank, and we are now trying to get details of the mortgage,” he said.
Manoharan said the Save Batu Caves Action Committee will also submit a memorandum to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to look into the matter.
The Rakyat Post attempted to contact Nadarajah to get his comments on the matter but were not successful.