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Cable car not feasible for Batu Caves Temple

July 10th, 2014
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So looks like no go for the Cable Car project. Safety is important. No point saying God will take care if we ourselves purposely ignore safety issues.

The committee should look at other alternatives. Lifts maybe? Rail car? Or alternative route specifically for the elderly, infirmed and disabled? Or get litter/palanquins with enough manpower to serve these folks?


THE RM10mil Batu Caves Cable Car project will most likely be scrapped as soil studies carried out by experts failed to confirm its feasibility.

According to the detailed soil stability report, the upper parts of the limestone karsts of the hilltop caves have been zoned as “high risk”, putting a stop to any possibility of development on the 400mil-year-old limestone caves.

A reliable source from the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple Dhevasthanam committee has accepted the fact that the cable car project may not be feasible and will no longer push for it.

This was further confirmed when StarMetro visited the project site recently and found it to be cleared of construction equipment. The area had been resurfaced with tar and is now a carpark.

 The 130-page report was prepared by two academicians from Universiti Teknologi Mara (UITM) and Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM). It proved that parts of the area were unstable and highly vulnerable to damage, especially to the fragile karst.

Construction of Batu Caves cable car came to a halt as structures within the temple has allegedly been built without necessary documents.

A file photo showing the cable car project site.

The report was divided into two parts — Parcel 1 covered the Batu Caves reserve and Parcel 2 the Gombak Indah area. It presents the findings in a map format and highlights areas as low, medium and high risk.

Last year, a team of state-appointed experts presented the first phase of the findings following a soil stability study for the Batu Caves reserve area to the Selangor Economic Action Council (MTES).

Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) president Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain said the academicians report confirmed the team’s initial findings that the upper parts of Batu Caves, where the Sri Subramaniar Temple is, were unfit to support the cable car project.

The Sri Subramaniar Temple is also a national heritage site.

“While the lower part poses no risk, the upper part poses ‘extreme’ risk, offering little or no possibility of development being carried out at the hill top area,”

“The temple committee was informed of the risks involved and we even asked them to sign a declaration undertaking responsibility for any future incident, thus indemnifying MPS against liability.”

Since then, the area has been tiled over to function again as a carpark, with nary a trace of the former hoardings and cleared ground visible.

Now, the area has been tiled over to serve as a carpark.

“Mitigating the risk is not going to be easy even if they want to have a cable car service, and I seriously doubt their engineers would want to take that kind of risk anyway,” he added.

He also added that the temple management had to ensure that all 10 structures in the temple were legalised, including obtaining safety certifications from the Fire and Rescue Department.

Mohd Azizi reiterated that safety was, and would always be, the council’s top priority, outweighing any other consideration.

Proponents of the cable car line argued that the system would benefit the disabled, senior citiziens, and people with health problems. The temple management have, for decades, been trying to build a cable car service at the iconic landmark.

Attempts were made in 1997, 1999 and 2007 but the project did not materialise.

In 2012, the temple management signed a deal with a company from India, to build a cable car system.

The cars would run from the cave temple complex to the carpark using a 150m cable.

The cable car line was to comprise a lower station near the foot of the temple staircase and an upper station near the hilltop temple. The project was supposed to be completed in 2014.

The development order for the cable-car project was approved by MPS in late 2011, but a stop-work order was issued in 2013 to compel the temple management to submit their documents to legalise the other existing structures on the premises.

MPS also asked the state government to allow for the soil study in the Batu Caves temple site to be completed to ensure the project was safe.

But, in July of the same year, the temple committee defied the local authority’s order and proceeded with soil piling work resulting in enforcement officers sealing off the project site after being tipped off that construction work that had resumed.

The Batu Caves temple management was also slapped with two compound notices totalling RM26,000.

Batu Caves, touted as a national treasure, draws millions of people from all over the world each year especially during the annual Thaipusam festival.

Charity Dinner for SJKT Simpang Lima Multi Purpose Hall

October 21st, 2013
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Yeah, I know its Deepavali season, but hey you can do your part , no matter how small it may be. You can help to spread the news, buy/sponsor a ticket, donate any amount – all towards helping this well-known school to build their hall. I’ve done my small part, and hope you can as well 🙂

Below is the email from Organising Chairman for your reference:

Please be informed that the PIBG and SDT will be organising the fund rasing dinner for the 5th time consecutively for a noble project as initially planned in 2012.
From the last year Fund Raising Dinner called “Namathu Palli, Namathu Kadamai- Back To Basic” which was held in September 2012, the PIBG had managed to collect and reserved about 50% of the fund required to build this fully covered multi purpose hall between Block A and Block B as it is in SJKT Sg.Lima.
As the Organising committee and PIBG are really focusing to make sure this project is some how must be completed soon, we had maintained the same objective for this year dinner as well which will be held as follows:-
Dinner Theme for this year : “Together We Shoulder The Destiny of Our Generation”
Date/Time : 10.11.2013 (Sunday) @ 7.01 pm –11.00 pm

Venue : Midlands Convention Centre, Shah Alam, Selangor DE

Apart from the normal table which cost RM1000/each (10pax = 1 table) this time around we are also offering the following tables for corporate bodies etc as follows:-
Platinum Table = RM 50,000 

Golden Table  = RM15,000 
Silver Table  = RM5,000
The above 3 tables are for us to approach Corporate companies and prominent businessman etc.

Further to this, please help us to seek potential contacts to seek sponsorship as above.

Payment by cash or cheque shall be addressed to “PIBG SJK(T) SIMPANG LIMA”. While for on-line direct cash transfers can be made to PIBG Account: Hong Leong Bank, Account Number 06700050907 under name of PIBG SJK(T) SIMPANG LIMA. We appreciate all recommended “contacts”, your contributions and support for our program.

We have attached official letter from our school with more school details and reply form for your perusal. We are looking forward to hear positive news from your end.

As a member of PIBG and also SDT family, we really seeking your help for this dinner by selling/buying tickets from the Organising Committee. The normal monthly SDT activities are involved by a small group of SDT members and as also there are another group of SDT members who cant attend these monthly activities. Another part of SDT members, continuously support the Fun Learning Program to cater the weaker students every Sunday (on rotation basis). And when comes to this one major project on an annual basis, each and every SDT members shall be part of a big SDT family to support and move forward to achieve our noble goal, overall. Thus, please liaise with me  for your support to the Organising Committee within your means.

 Looking forward some positive responce from you soon.
Namathu Palli, Namathu Kadamai
Organising Chairman  
Fund Raising Dinner 2013

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The letter above is also available in PDF format – SJKT Simpang Lima Charity Dinner 2013


Nostalgia Klang

December 10th, 2012
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The video below were taken by a group of Taylor University students for their project.  I had assisted them in a way, providing some limited insight into Jalan Tengku Kelana (or Little India area). The video brought back memories and I can recall some of the people they had interviewed.


Ganapathi Rao as candidate for Kota Alam Shah state seat?

September 3rd, 2012
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I’m not sure how many branches there are in Klang, but I guess around 30. And 8 of them reject Ganapathi Rao. With incumbent Manoharan Malayam almost confirmed to be left out, it is interesting to see who are the potential replacements.

Ganapathi Rao is Selangor DAP’s legal bureau chief and is involved with the Malaysian Indian Voice (MIV) group as advisor. And yes, he was projected into the limelight due to Hindraf. He also holds position as a director in the state-owned Kumpulan Semesta Sdn Bhd and is an aide to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim.

Being voter in that constituency, hopefully I’ll get to see suitable candidates.

Meanwhile, Ganapathi replied as follows and another DAP official said the candidate list is not finalised:

Selangor DAP official V Ganabatirao today admonished those calling on the party not to field him for the Kota Alam Shah state seat, saying they were jumping the gun.

Reacting to statements by eight DAP branch leaders in Selangor, he said the objection was premature because the party had yet to announce the names of candidates for the coming election.

“I myself do not know whether I will be fielded to contest in Kota Alam Shah,” he told FMT. “Candidacy is decided by the central executive committee. It is too premature to speculate.”

He rejected his detractors’ claim that members of the eight Selangor branches were against his candidacy in Kota Alam Shah, saying the branch leaders were had their own agenda and were expressing their personal opinions.

“The objections are individual opinions of people with their own agenda,” he said. “The objections are not resolutions from the branches.”

Another DAP official confirmed that the party had not finalised its candidates’ list for Selangor.



Eight DAP branches here have called on the party leadership not to field V Ganapathirau (photo) as candidate in Kota Alam Shah state seat in the next general election.

The branches, all from the state constituency, warned the party leadership that the DAP would lose the seat if Ganapathirau, a former detainee of now repealed Internal Security Act, was fielded.

The DAP eight branches, with collectively some 500 members, openly opposed Ganapathirau are Taman Gembira, Klang, Teluk Pulai, Bayu Tinggi, Taman Chi Liung Indah, Southern Klang, Persiaran Raja Muda Musa and Ehsan.

The group spokesman Ivan Ho said they were all against Ganapathirau because he was not a local familiar with the party grassroots leaders and members, or constituents in the area.

Ho said Ganapathirau does not have close rapport with party grassroots in the constituency, a winning factor so crucial for a potential candidate.

He urged the party leadership to respect grassroots sentiments and not to force in parachute candidates like Ganapathirau in Kota Alam Shah.

“DAP members and constituents don’t know him much.

“The party should not push us to accept Ganapathirau.

“We don’t want him,” Ho, the Taman Gembira branch head, told FMT.

Kota Alam Shah incumbent assemblyman is M Manoharan, a protégé of DAP national chairman Karpal Singh.

It’s learnt Selangor DAP leadership under Teresa Kok planned to replace Manoharan, also a former ISA detainee, with Ganapathirau.

Ganapathirau is a staunch confidant of deputy secretary general and Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.

Not an Indian hero

Taman Chi Liung Indah head K Yogasigamany reminded the state party leadership that time had lapsed to promote the Ganapathirau as a former ISA detainee and his so-called involvement in Hindraf Makkal Sakti.

He said DAP grassroots members and constituents know that Ganapathirau, who now leads NGO Malaysian Indian voice, was not a Hindraf leader.

“Constituents have realised that Ganapathirau was never the Hindraf leader or Indian hero.

“He is no more relevant for Indian community.

“It will be futile and fatal for party leadership to field Ganapathirau in Kota Alam Shah.

“The leadership should drop the idea altogether,” Yogasigamany told FMT.


Selangor Water Issue

July 19th, 2012
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From what I understand (will be improved time to time as understanding increases):

Selangor government says:

  • there’s enough raw water as the dams are full (and its raining nearly everyday for last 2 weeks or so)
  • SYABAS is not able to deliver water properly due to loss of water (non-revenue)
  • will take over SYABAS management to improve its services
  • treated water is enough but SYABAS incompetent to deliver the water
  • Langat2 WTP is waste of money and that better water management is the way to go
  • it has not gazetted the increased water tariff as per concession agreement with SYABAS (which means no price hike)
  • says SYABAS has no authority to ration water as that comes under state.

SYABAS says:

  • there’s enough raw water but not enough TREATED water. Treated water means already processed by Water Treatment Plants (WTP) to ensure the water is safe for consumption. The raw water from sources (dams) is channelled to WTP and then channelled to homes/industries.
  • its not in charge of water treatment as that falls under state government duties (providing sufficient infrastructure to process raw water fit for consumption). Its job is to channel the treated water to homes/industries. It just pays money to WTP for the treated water.
  • its has informed state government since 2010 about possible shortage of treated water but
  • that state government had not allowed the construction of Langat2 WTP
  • the state government had barred SYABAS from making capital expenditure which resulted in SYABAS unable to undertake work to reduce non-revenue water
  • has applied to SPAN (National Water Commission) to ration water


  • state government has 30% stakehold in SYABAS.
  • daily water needs in Klang Valley (plus Putrajaya) is about 4,364 million litres per day (MLD) and the treatment plants’ capacity is 4,371 (MLD)
  • Langat2 expected to supply 1,8900 MLD if constructed and can supply until 2025 before shortage happens again

So, what’s the conclusion? Even if allow for new WTP (Langat2) to be built, it will take at least 4 years.