Selangor govt urged to address problem of Christian burial plots in Puchong
Posted on June 20, 2012, Wednesday
SHAH ALAM: Some 30 residents of Puchong yesterday held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Selangor secretariat building here urging the PKR-led state government to approve a piece of land to address the problem of Christian burial plots in Puchong.
Senior pastor of Shepherd’s Tabernacle Ministries church in Puchong, Reverend Dr Matthew Raj, said currently there was no Christian burial ground in Puchong and it has become a matter of serious concern for the Christian community for many years.
“Whenever a Christian death occurs, the family goes into a great dilemma as to where to bury their loved ones as nowadays no burial grounds are available in Kampung Tunku, Petaling Jaya nor in Cheras.
“This has forced Christians to look for other alternatives to bury the deceased,” he told reporters after handing over a memorandum to Abdul Razak Ismail, the political secretary of Selangor Health, Plantation Workers, Poverty and Caring Government Committee chairman Dr Xavier Jayakumar here, yesterday.
Matthew also took to task Dr Xavier and Puchong member of parliament Gobind Singh Deo for not taking into consideration their request to have Christian burial plots in Puchong.
“As our first attempt, we handed a letter to Dr Xavier to voice our request for a Christian burial ground in Puchong and since then until now there were no favourable response,” he said.
Matthew said he was informed that the state government had identified a 0.65 hectares (1.6 acre) plot of land in Puchong for the Christian burial plot but no action was taken after that. — Bernama