BEING responsible religious bodies, three temples in Penang contributed a total of RM60,001 to the Tabung Harapan fund.
The donation was received by Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow during the cheque handover ceremony today held at the Natukkottai Chettiar Temple, at Waterfall Road.
“I would like to thank the temples for their care and concern as well as their support towards restoring the country from financial debt.
“Though the amount given will not clear the country’s debt totally but it shows an earnest gesture by the temple leadership in Penang.
“This gives a jab of motivation to the federal government saying that there are people at the grassroots level concerned with the well-being of the country,” said Chow.
Prior to the ceremony, the Chief Minister visited the dinner space of the temple which was affected by a heavy downpour two months ago.
“Earlier the temple management wrote to me saying that due to the erosion of the river bank, the walls at the dinner area had collapsed.
“I have forwarded the matter to the Drainage and Irrigation Department (JPS) and the Penang Island City Council.
“I have been informed that the JPS engineer will be visiting the site for an inspection next week.
“I hope an emergency fund will be provided by the JPS to repair the walls and my office will be monitoring the matter,” added Chow.
Nagarathar Thandayuthapani temple Penang (Natukkottai Chettiar) contributed a sum of RM50,000.
Whereas the other two, Nagarathar Thandayuthapani temple Jawi and V.T.M Chettiar’s temple Balik Pulau donated RM5,001 and RM5,000 respectively.
Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix by Adleena Rahayu Ahmad Radzi