Five Professionals to Look Into Controversial Batu Caves Condo Project


SHAH ALAM, 19 Dec: Five professionals have been appointed by the State Government to be part of an independent committee to examine the construction approval for the condominium project at Batu Caves and its surrounding areas.

The professionals are Klang District Dignitary, Datuk Setia Diraj Datuk Abdul Ghani Pateh; Neuro surgeon, Dr M Nachiappan; former Judicial Commissioner, Datuk Ranita Hussein; construction law specialist, Harbans Singh and Geology expert, Tan Boon Kong.

Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim said that the committee will examine the issue freely and professionally, and advise the State Government on the issue.

The committee will begin its first official meeting in the near future.

“The State Government is grateful to these five professionals for their willingness to help resolve the matter,” he said in a press conference after the Selangor Exco meeting at the State Secretariat headquarters.

Prior to this, the Dolomite Park Avenue project by developer Dolomite Properties Sdn Bhd at Batu Caves received strong opposition because the area is the focus place for Hindu worship.

As a result, hundreds of devotees and Hindu activists held a rally to object the construction.

Meanwhile, some have accused the Selangor Pakatan Rakyat Government of approving the construction of the condominium.

However, the Selayang Municipal Council (MPSp) revealed the full monthly meeting minutes, showing that the project was approved in 2007 during the administration of Umno-BN.

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