GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA, December 7, 2012 (Sun Daily): An allocation of US$ 10,000 has been allocated by the Penang Port Sdn Bhd (PPSB) to rebuild the Hindu shrine within the Butterworth Bulk Cargo terminal area which had been demolished by the port authorities in April this year.
State Gerakan chairman Datuk Dr. Teng Hock Nan said BN had worked closely with the Penang Port Commission (PPC), PPSB and also the Hindu and non-Hindu workers in the vicinity to ensure the issue is resolved amicably.
He said a site within the Bulk Cargo area had already been identified and the rebuilding works should start soon. "We (BN) believe that the issue has been resolved," he said during a press conference at BN headquarters in Datuk Keramat today.
Teng described the initiative as in line with the party's theme "Promises Fulfilled" since the party always keeps its promises. "We do not want to make this a political issue," Teng said, adding that the chosen new site had been agreed in a consensus by all parties involved.
In April this year, the demolition of the 40-year-old shrine near the checkpoint of Prai bulk cargo terminal had caused an uproar among the Hindu community in the area and the state government.