Date: 23 November 2017
Venue: Mercu UEM
Today, we signed the 3rd Memorandum of Understanding (“MoU”) with the 2 communities. The first two being with the Institute of Strategic and International Studies (“ISIS”) Malaysia and Persatuan Perkhidmatan Tadbir dan Diplomatik (“PPTD”). By signing the MOU, the communities pledged to form one registered committee to oversee the temple and we pledged to build the new temple to replace the current temples and ensure the appropriate ceremon(ies) have taken place before demolishing the current temples.
Currently, within the Taman Tugu site there are several Hindu temples that are believed to be at least 100 years old. These temples are taken care of and overseen by two separate communities. In keeping with our commitment of not displacing the current residents of the site, i.e the communities and devotees of the temples, we brought the communities together and engaged with them to design and build a new Hindu temple which will replace the current temples and will be located at the outskirts of the park.
After facilitating several discussions, the 2 communities agreed to merge to form one committee to support and contribute towards the Taman Tugu Project. This to-be established committee will oversee and manage the new Hindu temple that will be built. In the process of designing the new temple, we held several designing discussions between the architects and the members of the committee – a form of collaborative effort with the communities to contribute to the Taman Tugu project and to instill a sense of ownership in all of us.
The newly formed committee will eventually sign a definitive agreement with the Trust, Amanah Warisan Negara (“AWAN”).
One final MoU will be signed with Majlis Agama Islam Wilayah Persekutuan representing the Surau Jumaat located within the Taman Tugu site, Madrasah Bustanul Ulum, another current resident of Taman Tugu. The MoU will be signed next week.