Tan Sri Vincent Tan proposed a crowdfund today to buy over the land where the Sri Maha Mariamman Devasthanam temple is located, offering to contribute RM500,000 towards kickstarting the campaign.
According to The Star Online portal, the Berjaya Corp founder asserted that this was the best way to keep the temple at its current home.
“The public can buy the land, pay off the developer and let the temple stay.
“It will be difficult to expect the Selangor state government to buy the land,” he was quoted as saying.
Tan Sri Barry Goh, who previously headed MCT Bhd, also pledged a matching RM500,000.
MCT Bhd is owned by Ayala Land, a unit of Philippines conglomerate Ayala Corporation, which in turn controls One City Development that owns the land on which the temple sits.
One City Development has been locked in a long-running dispute with the temple over a court-mandated relocation dating back to 2014.
Tan expressed his belief that tolerant Malaysians would be prepared to support his proposed crowdfund.