Guan Eng asked to explain - Parti Gerakan Rakyat Malaysia

Guan Eng asked to explain

THE state government will investigate claims that buildings with historical importance on Pulau Jerejak have been demolished.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the state land office would investigate and verify the claims made by Penang Gerakan.

He said: "There are several old structures on the island, but we do not know if they have any historical value.

"There are no residents on the island and we are awaiting a report from the the Land Office before anything could be made public."

Lim said he had not been to parts of the island where the structures, including an illegal shrine and a statue, were located.

He was responding to Penang Gerakan secretary Oh Tong Keong's demand for an explanation on why the buildings were demolished.

Oh had on Tuesday asked why government-owned buildings on the island were not preserved and restored.

The state Opposition recently sparked a controversy over the alleged name change of Pulau Jerejak to Mazu Island and also the erection of an illegal shrine along with a humansized "Mazu" statue.

State Opposition leader Datuk Jahara Hamid told the state legislative assembly in November that no action had been taken against illegal erection of the shrine.

Lim yesterday told a press conference in Komtar that the authorities, upon investigating the matter, removed the statue and demolished the shrine on Dec 24.

The authorities also told the shrine devotees to remove prayer items and the statue. The temple devotees, mainly local fishermen, had apparently converted a building into the shrine.

Legend has it that Mazu was created by fishermen as the Sea Goddess for blessings and protection while out at sea 





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