Wednesday, December 08, 2010

The Selangor Buddhist Development Committee Press Conference on Buddhist Lands in Selangor

Brothers & Sisters in the Dhamma,

The Selangor Buddhist Development Committee organised a Press Conference on the above matter on Thursday December 9, 2010@10am at Subang Jaya Buddhist Association (SJBA), 12593 Jalan Kewajipan, SS13, 47500 Subang Jaya. Tel: +603-56348181

Here are excerpts from the Press Statement that were released.

In view of such unfavourable developments which lacks of transparency and accountability, SBDC wishes to highlight the followings:-

1. With reference to religious practice, we urged the State Planning Committee and Jabatan Perancangan Bandar & Desa Selangor to be more vigourous and professional in adhering to its own guidelines in relation to the provisions for building of places of worship for non-Muslims, which is one place of worship for every 2,600 devotees or 5,000 residents.

We emphasized that there are needs for more free-standing Buddhist temples (Vihara Buddha) with sufficient facilities to cater for the spiritual and religious education needs of the Buddhist Community in Selangor.

2. SBDC (& more than 4000 Buddhist objectors) urged the relevant authorities to be fully accounted for and explain why MPSJ (& other local councils) have NOT seriously considered SBDC’s objections. As such, the communiqu├ęs and consultation for their decision(s) MUST be done with more transparency and accountability.

We therefore seek the State Planning Committee to take cognizance of this matter seriously and listen to the voice of the people.

3. SBDC reiterates our objections to the usage of the term “Rumah Ibadat (tokong / vihara / kuil / gereja / gudwara )” in Draft Local Plan Majlis Perbandaran Selayang 2020 & all other draft local plans in Selangor. This will further dilute the Vihara Buddha structural provisions in these local draft plans.

4. SBDC also urges the SPC, Selangor Land Office and the Jawatankuasa Hal Ehwal Selain Islam Negeri Selangor to clearly elucidate in writing the gazette mechanisms & provisions of land for non-Muslim places of worship.

We hereby stressed that the SBDC are prepared to engaged and work closely with the State and the relevant authorities for Buddhist temples to be built on land allocated by the Selangor State Government which are designated for places of worship. As stakeholders in this state, all we seek is the State government’s attention, understanding and compassion towards the needs of our community to have proper land to build and manage our Buddhist temples.

The organising committee would like to thank all those who show their support on this crucial issue.

With Metta Always,
Chua Teck Seong

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