Demolishng and tearing down seems to be the associative perception of the BN goverment whenever it comes to temples (hindus and taoist)
Cannot say in memory there has been any event of the BN goverment actually constructing or help build new places of worship for the nons
.Or allocating of land for the purpose..
And they probably have spent billions building brand new mosques or suraus across the country. not that there is anything against that, in fact it is a good positive thing for our muslim brothers/sisters to be lauded , just seem that the malaysians of the other faiths or religious inclinations are totally neglected when it comes to any form of aid
(land allocating , financial aid) for the purpose of having proper places of worship for their faiths..
So we have sprouting all, over churches in shoplots, temples under shade of trees or besides busy roads. many likely not having permits in the first place and later has a propensity to rage into a full blown passionate religious issue when authorities moves in to demolish the structures all because , it was built unhindered in the beginning and there are non-existent regulations to monitor the plight or sincere efforts to help the communities to have or find a more appropriate location that can be more permanent.
so aren’t the religious controversies over demolishing places of worship mainly self created by the authorities and can be avoided ?
But if anything the nons seem to have many obstacles placed in their path in regards to places of worship, even when they want to build and finance at own expense, knowing for a fact there will be nothing forthcoming from Goverment in any shape of form..
Is there some religious conspiracy to deter the constructing of places of worship of other faiths and tear down where possible?
Regarding places of worship, it was recommended that Muslims be given an allocation ratio of 1:800 population with a spatial requirement of 0.4 hectare for a mosque.
For a surau, it is 1:250 and 0.1 hectare. For non-Muslims the ratio was 1:4000 with a spatial requirement of “suitable standards” for a church or temple.
MCCCBHST request that they be treated equally was rejected. However the “suitable standards” was made more specific. Non-Muslims were now allocated 0.2 hectare – half that of the Muslims’. In fact, it is less when considering the ratio remained 1:4000 which is five times the number of people required for a mosque.
Another form of discrimination and suppression was by refusing or making it extremely difficult for non-Muslims to get planning approval for their places of worship. Land was not allocated for places of worship for non-Muslims and burial grounds not provided for in the master plans of some of the new towns.
The Sultan of Selangor commented in 1984 that while he was happy to see many suraus and mosques in the state, he aired his unhappiness that there was not a single place of worship for non-Muslims in Shah Alam. He wondered aloud, tongue-in-cheek no doubt, if non-Muslims ever prayed. He further observed that although land for places of worship for non-Muslims had been identified, its conversion had been stopped, “. . . perhaps by the state government or the Selangor State Development Corporation (PKNS)” (The Star, 17 January 1984).
The Shah Alam Church of Divine Mercy (often dubbed “the-on-and-off church) is probably the most famous example of how the authorities try to thwart attempts by non-Muslims to build places of worship.
The Catholic Church had applied for a piece of land to build a church in 1977. A 1.116 acre was allocated by the state and sold to the church in 1985 after the Sultan of Selangor’s much publicised comments.
Formal approval to build a church was given in May 1993. Work started on the church in Section 24 of Shah Alam in June the same year.
Almost immediately Muslim NGOs and politicians protested claiming that the church would challenge the sanctity of Islam as the country’s official religion and the position of Muslims. The Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib instructed the municipal council to withdraw the approval.
The continued reluctance by local authorities and state governments to cater to the needs of non-Muslims is probably the cause of the sprouting up of ‘shophouse churches’ and temples.
Administrative roadblocks on non-Muslims , Sabah and Sarawak are not exempt
If those in Sabah and Sarawak think that they are free from this suppression they should look back on the government’s track record in their states.
The Sacred Heart Cathedral in Kota Kinabalu is the most famous case.
Some Muslims in Sabah had objected to the rebuilding the Sacred Heart Cathedral that would have been the biggest Roman Catholic church in the Sabah when completed. The old church had been demolished so that a new one could be built in the same design as the St Joseph’s Cathedral in Kuching and able to accommodate a congregation of some 1,380 in a single sitting.
In Sandakan, Sabahan Muslims objected to the building of a Buddhist temple in Kampung Tanah Merah. The then Sabah Deputy Chief Minister Chong Kah Kiat resigned over the issue of Maru, a Goddess of the Sea statue in Kudat, Sabah, for which approval was granted but later withdrawn when Muslim extremists protested.
In Sarawak, the Sikhs were attacked for building a gurdwara in Kuching.
Hows and whats , the UMNO goverment has done to the ethnic communities to suppress their cultural identities and religion to push their own agenda.