I refer to the article ‘Hassle over a Crematorium’ (IE Issue 132, Nov 16-30, 2011). A few politicians were trying to mislead the Indians in Buntong and create an impression that the crematorium is a Hindu issue and must be dealt with immediately, in spite of the state government sitting on it for years.
The fact is Hindus are a minority and they practice both burial and cremation. Therefore, the majority of the users of the crematorium would be Christians, Buddhists and others. If the state government was serious, they would have built one long ago.
Instead of depending on politicians, Dato’ Dr Mah Hang Soon, State Executive Councillor for non-Muslim Affairs, must discuss with the Perak Branch of Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) who are the official representatives of non-Muslims.
I read about the Mobile Crematorium on the internet which is being used in India. The state government can study this option where no land is required and the crematorium goes to the funeral house. This would be convenient for the people.