Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Batu Caves...and Thaipusam

Thaipusam came and went but the following scenes are very much still fresh in my eyes. I hardly go up the caves, and this year I decided to with my brother and cousins. Boy was I disappointed! Mind you it was not seeing Lord Muruga but the state of where he is was more of my disappointment! As I looked around the upper temple grounds, these were the scenes I saw.....
Right, the temple committee...wonder who are the people in there, have to look around them! There were rubbish from last year's thaipusam around the stairs leading to the upper temple and then much to my amazement chickens are being rared there (hmmm....wonder WHY??) and rubbish still piled and stench reeking from the areas of the temple. What truly shocked me was the rusted and corroded metal piece from the drain cover! That my friends are the true danger (imagine some kid or adult with thaipusam mayhem just steps or cuts his/her toe....OUCHHHHHH......) Another famous thing I see all around the temple area are Donation Boxes....they were colored and numbered! Collection for this Thaipusam would have been plentiful but wonder how much goes to temple upkeep and how much into temple keepers coffers!!!
Why do so much nonsenses around the temple (ie lake, cave villa some other sundry stuff below) when the upper temple (where I trust is the true attraction) is so BADLY maintained! Year in year out Thaipusam comes and goes but the temple upper grounds...has never been upgraded or even been cleaned thoroughly. Signages were another sore point! Sign boards were still in handwritten and badly put UP! Goodness this occasion is the most celebrated one and come on you mean the committee can't pay for a decent sign board!!!! Does not have to be electronic but at least DECENT!
I fully understand that it is hard to maintain such a big area but you don't have to go over board like keep constructing new and flashy Temples but keep the grounds clean, void of any mosquito breeding, stench of rotting rubbish and food plus other things. This is a gazetted area and IT IS A TOURIST ATTRACTION TOO!!!!
I sure will visit the temple again and bet you RM100.00 that the same scenes will greet us all. Nothing would have been done!

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