|Simmering tension over Section 19 temple|
This, he said, had resulted in the loss of a 'car park' for devotees, who now find it more difficult to attend services at the temple.
“We complained about it to the police and Shah Alam City Council, but until now no action has been taken,” he said when contacted.
Worshippers now have to park their vehicles in the surrounding residential area, which causes traffic congestion especially during festivals.
Devotees are also forced to resort to park their vehicles in the residential area on other occasions.
“Thank god, they (residents) are very understanding because they have known about (the temple's existence) for a long time,” said Selvakumaran.
However, the authorities have decided to relocate the temple, as it is within a residential area and because of traffic congestion during the observance of religious festivals.
Pewaris: It's our right
Pewaris, meanwhile, said it has a right to erect the fence as the land “belongs to the State Development Corporation (PKNS), and not to the temple”.
Pewaris spokesperson Nadzim Johan said when contacted that the fence was built to create a space for residents in the neighbourhood, for “physical activities, gatherings or ceremonies”.
A signboard identifies the Pewaris-occupied site as Tapak Gelanggang Pewaris and states that the facility was officially opened on Jan 10.
Nadzim went on to deny that the erection of the fence has led to problems for Hindu worshippers.
“They can still park their vehicles on both sides of the road. Besides, we don't want them to expand the temple,” he added.