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Luxury condo scrapped near Malaysia's Batu Caves

Posted on Jan 25, 11:20PM | IBNS

A US based Hindu group has welcomed reported scrapping of the luxury 26-storey condominium building in Batu Caves area of Malaysia. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) on Friday, said that it was a "step in the right direction" as it would ensure safety and environmental preservation of nearby iconic Batu Caves temple complex, which was highly revered for Hindus. Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, thanked the State of Selangor and Selayang Municipal Council for having a feel for the wishes of Hindus in reported revoking of the approval given to condominium developer. Development should not come at the cost of environment, safety, happiness and devotion of the community, Zed added. Highly popular and impressive Hindu pilgrimage point Batu Caves, just north of Kuala Lumpur, is a limestone hill, which has a series of caves and cave temples, besides a 140 feet high statue of Lord Murugan, said to be tallest in the world.

Thaipusam Festival, which has been reportedly held here since 1892 and falls on January 27 this year, is expected to draw about 1.5 million devotees and visitors.