Temple dilemma for Putra Heights Buddhists

By OLIVIA MIWIL, The New Straits Times, Mar 20, 2012

Putra Heights, Selangor (Malaysia) -- THE Putra Heights Buddhist Society is appealing to the local authorities to look into its request to acquire a vacant land in Jalan Putra Kayangan 4/1 for the construction of a Buddhist temple.

Putra Heights Buddhist Society members are hoping the fresh application for a vacant land will finally be considered. Pic by Sugumaran Suppiah
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Its president Chua Teck Seong said plans for the new temple had come to a halt as the issue surrouding the land allocated for the temple construction has yet to be resolved.

"We want the temple to be built there as all the vacant land we had applied for previously had been turned down."

Initially, the organisation had requested for a land in Persiaran Harmoni but they learnt later that it had been gazetted for the construction of a Hindu temple.

Subsequently, the society submitted a fresh application, this time requesting a piece of land at Jalan Putra Permai, behind the Giant hypermarket in the area.

However, its efforts were hampered again, as the land had been allocated for the building of a fire station.

"The Buddhist community here needs a temple to accommodate the increasing number of Buddhist devotees living nearby," he added.

Currently, the nearest Buddhist temple is in Alam Megah.

Chua said the proposed land for the temple should not be less than 0.4 hectares as they wanted to build a temple which can accommodate up to 1,500 devotees.

"We also plan to have a big prayer hall, ample parking bays and a preachers' hostel as well as a kitchen and Buddhism classrooms for youths."