Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, urged the worldwide Hindus to help in raising a Hindu temple in Miri. He also requested Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak, Sarawak Chief Minister Amar Haji Adenan Satem and Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai Yew Son for support.
Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, stressed that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and a temple could play an effective role in this direction. He urged the Miri Hindu leaders and community to keep-up the efforts to realize the Hindu temple.
Rajan Zed also urged the area petroleum and natural gas, timber processing, oil palm and shipbuilding industries to back the construction of Hindu temple complex, which would be another feather in the cap of diverse Miri, incorporated 1933, which was among the Malaysia’s five busiest airports.
Miri Hindu Society, whose objective includes “Foster the spirit of devotion, dedication and worship”, is raising funds for the proposed temple. G. Selvaraj, Narayanasamy, Anbalagan Krishnan and Sivasangaran are Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer of the Society. There are reportedly about 1,000 Hindus in Miri, including many professionals.
Surrounded by five world-class national parks including Gunung Mulu, dynamic oil town of Miri is the birthplace of Malaysia’s petroleum industry, and is known for San Ching Tian Taoist Temple, Petroleum Museum, exotic coral reefs and Hindu “Milk Pot Procession”. Prominent people associated with Miri include singer Zee Avi, football player Shaun Maloney, racing driver Natasha Seatter and golfer Vijay Singh.