04 June 2009

Selayang Council Reviewing Plan To Demolish Activity Centre

KUALA LUMPUR, June 4 (Bernama) -- The Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) will review the plan to demolish the activity centre and silat court in Pinggiran Batu Caves following a protest by the residents' association.

Councillor Abdul Rahim Ahmad Kasdi said further discussions would be held to resolve problems that arose soon.

"We act based on complaints by some people and MPS was made to understand that a privatised project will be carried out in the area."

However after a discussion, there was a slight misunderstanding and MPS found that the purpose of having the activity centre was more of having a place for the youths to gather and carry out recreational activities," he said when met here Thursday.

MPS, he said, would find a solution by not setting aside the intention of the silat association and local residents with regard to the activity centre.

Rahim said he, together with the enforcement officers, and members of the silat association would meet the MPS president to resolve the problem in the near term.

Majlis Permuafakatan Ummah (Pewaris) director Dr Izham Nayan said the protest involving nearly 500 people including local residents and members of the Seni Silat Sukmaraga organisation was to defend the activity centre that was built in January.

The issue arose after the silat court was set up.

"We hope MPS will allow us time to discuss the matter so that the activity centre can continue to be developed to train the youths for the better and that they are not involved in unbeneficial activities," Izham said.

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