Isnin, 28 Oktober 2013

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Temple to become a new tourism landmark


KLANG: A Hindu temple being rebuilt here is set to be the first granite temple in the country and a new tourism landmark when it opens its doors in 2015.

"We believe the temple has the potential to become a tourist attraction and a beautiful landmark in the royal town of Klang that could attract foreign tourists," Klang Sri Sundararaja Perumal Temple president S. Anandakrishnan said.

He said the RM10mil granite structure follows the precise design defined by southern Indian temple builders thousands of years ago.

"It is believed that using granite will cause the vibrations of the mantras to resonate to a higher level," he said, adding that the consecration ceremony of the new temple would be held on June 9, 2015.

Already dubbed the Thirupathi of South-East Asia – after the famous pilgrimage centre for Hindus in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh – the temple keepers have enlisted 50 stone carvers and their families from Kanchipuram, 60km from Chennai, to craft the all-granite temple.

"Once the granite temple is completed, discussions will be held with the Tourism Ministry to include it in their tourism calendar as a preferred choice for tourists," said Anandakrishnan.

In 2006, the temple was awarded with ISO 9001:2000 certification for its contributions to religious, cultural and social service to Hindus. — Bernama

Mukhriz: Feedback will be gathered first


YAN: The Kedah government will gather feedback from locals before deciding whether to proceed with the Yan Petroleum Industry Zone (Zipy) project.

Mentri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir said the outcome would depend on the people in the affected area, including those in Sungai Limau.

The state had put the project on hold after receiving complaints from padi farmers, he told reporters after launching a mobile Community Transformation Centre at Simpang Tiga Sungai Limau here yesterday.

Mukhriz was commenting on a statement made by PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar who asked for proof that the project had been cancelled while campaigning for the Sungai Limau by-election here.

The state government, he said, would normally gather feedback from local residents affected by any project it wanted to implement.

The Zipy project was announced in 2007 by the Barisan Nasional state government which had targeted an annual collection of RM400mil in taxes from the project that was planned to be operational next year.

The private-funded project aimed to get crude oil from the Middle East for refinery here before being exported to Asian countries.

Barisan shelved the project after it lost Kedah to Pakatan Rakyat in the 2008 general election.

The PAS-led state government then decided to revive the project and renamed it the Sungai Limau Hydrocarbon Hub but the project did not materialise due to technical and financial issues.

On another matter, Mukhriz said the state government would prepare a detailed study for a secondary school in Bukit Besar here following requests from locals.

"There are four primary schools in Bukit Besar but no secondary school," he said.

Operation to look for woman swept away by floods continues


CAMERON HIGHLANDS: The search for an Indonesian woman believed to have been swept away during a flash flood in Bertam Valley here continued into its fifth day yesterday.

Cameron Highlands OCPD DSP Wan Mohd Zahari Wan Busu said the operation continued with 69 officers and members of the security forces.

The operation, which began at 8am, did not use K-9 tracker dogs and scuba divers from the Fire and Rescue Department, but instead, was carried out manually by using heavy machinery.

DSP Mohd Zahari told reporters that large-scale search operations would cease by today. "Small-scale search operations will continue as normal then onwards," he added.

About 1am on Wednesday, mud flood struck Bertam Valley when water from the Sultan Abu Bakar Dam was released, resulting in the death of three people. One was reported missing and another injured with 80 houses and about 100 vehicles damaged or destroyed.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, when tabling Budget 2014 last Friday, had announced an allocation of RM40mil to widen and deepen Sungai Bertam.

Meanwhile, Pahang Drainage and Irrigation Department (DID) director Datuk Zulkefli Hassan clarified that RM100,000 had been approved by the Federal Government to clean up Sungai Bertam.

The Star mistakenly reported yesterday that RM100mil had been allocated for the process.

DSP Zulkefli stressed that the allocation was made possible through the efforts of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel.


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