PM: Get ap­proval be­fore build­ing

> ‘Places of wor­ship must get nod from lo­cal au­thor­i­ties first, says Ma­hathir


PE­TAL­ING JAYA: No places of wor­ship will be al­lowed to be built in the fu­ture without the ap­proval of lo­cal au­thor­i­ties, said Prime Min­is­ter Tun Dr Ma­hathir Mo­hamad.

He said cur­rently peo­ple have been build­ing tem­ples wher­ever they choose even on land be­long­ing to other peo­ple.

“When it comes to re­mov­ing the tem­ple then it be­comes an is­sue.

“To avoid this, the gov­ern­ment has de­cided to pass a res­o­lu­tion on the mat­ter.”

Ma­hathir said the state gov­ern­ment had de­cided that the Sri Maha Mariamman Tem­ple in USJ 25, Pu­tra Heights, should re­main but the is­sue went to court.

He said the court then de­cided the land be­longed to the de­vel­oper.

Ma­hathir said the gov­ern­ment will not in­ter­fere with the de­ci­sion made by the court un­like the pre­vi­ous gov­ern­ment.

On the de­bate in Par­lia­ment on the tem­ple yes­ter­day, he said it was up to the Speaker to de­cide.

“The gov­ern­ment has re­ceived in­for­ma­tion from var­i­ous se­cu­rity forces, es­pe­cially the po­lice on what had ex­actly oc­curred.

“As a gov­ern­ment we must ex­plain what had hap­pened,” he said at a press con­fer­ence af­ter at­tend­ing the Parti Pribumi Ber­satu Malaysia (PPBM) meet­ing yes­ter­day.

Ma­hathir also urged the me­dia to avoid or stop spread­ing fake news re­gard­ing the tem­ple is­sue.

“If you ‘make fake news we will fake you’,” he said jok­ingly.

The prime min­is­ter also wel­comed Ba­gan Serai Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Datuk Dr Noor Azmi Ghazali who quit Umno on June 24 and whose mem­ber­ship into PPBM was ac­cepted by the party.

Present was PPBM pres­i­dent Tan Sri Muhyid­din Yassin.

Ma­hathir and Muhyid­din (left) hand­ing the PPBM mem­ber­ship card to Noor Azmi yes­ter­day.

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