Distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, said that it was a “step in the right direction” and displayed the inclusive approach of Perak Government. When ready, it would provide the much needed facility for worship, cultural and social activities for the hardworking Hindu community of Simpang Ampat and surrounding areas, Zed added.
Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, further said that it was important to pass on Hindu spirituality, concepts and traditions to coming generations amidst so many distractions in the consumerist society and hoped that this proposed temple would focus in this direction. Zed stressed that instead of running after materialism; we should focus on inner search and realization of Self and work towards achieving moksh (liberation), which was the goal of Hinduism.
According to reports, Perak government had agreed in principle to allot a 0.4 ha site for this Hindu temple.
About 11% population of Perak, also termed as the Fortunate Land and known for Perak Tong temple complex, is Hindu. Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah is constitutional head of Perak while Dr. Zambry bin Abdul Kadir is Menteri Besar.
Hinduism, oldest and third largest religion of the world, has about one billion adherents.