Minister of Communication and Multimedia Gobind Singh Deo has pledged RM10,000 from his personal allocation to the construction of a funeral parlour project in the city.
He said he will raise the matter with the federal government to provide financial assistance to the Shamshan Bhoomi Parbandak Society (Selangor & Federal Territory), for the makeover of the century-old Jalan Loke Yew crematorium in Kuala Lumpur.
At the ground-breaking ceremony of the project today, Gobind, who is also Puchong MP, said he had received a letter from the society requesting for donations for the project.
“I have forwarded the letter to the government. I hope I can come up with a figure, which matches if not exceeds what you have (raised),” he said in response to the RM500,000 donations pledged by the Shree Lakshmi Narayanan Temple management.
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Acknowledging the challenges faced by the society in land ownership and fund for the construction, Gobind said it is not easy to successfully complete such projects.
“I can now say, (that) from my personal allocation as a Minister, I am prepared to put down RM10,000 for a start. I will also speak to the Prime Minister whether we can get the Federal Government to make the pledge to assist this project substantially,” Gobind said.
He also reminded the people that projects like these are a collective responsibility, without which the civil societies or community groups would not be able to succeed in its works to serve the people.
“As I said earlier, in life we go through stages, and at the end of the day when we reach our time, then of course, its places like this that send us off. So let us remember that we all have to put our hands together to make this project a success.”
Commending the society for its efforts to start the project, he also thanked it for giving him the honour to officiate the ground breaking ceremony. – Extracted from Gobind Singh Deo Facebook page
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