Rupa-rupanya selama ini pantai peranginan Port Dickson adalah merupakan tempat pusat pembuangan abu mayat dari rumah pembakaran mayat. Betulkah begitu? Issh! Issh! Issh!
Agak-agaknyalahkan dah berapa banyak air abu mayat yang telah ditelan oleh pengunjung pantai Port Dickson sejak berpuluh-puluh tahun yang lalu sehingga kini dan akan datang ? Berapa banyak pula abu mayat yang telah dibuang di pantai peranginan ini, ratusan, ribuan, puluhan ribuan, ratusan ribuan ? Sanggupkah lagi kita dan anak-anak kita mandi di pantai Port Dickson lagi? Di kala dunia sibuk membicarakan hidup sihat bersama "go green" dan persekitaran yang bersih, Malaysia membenarkan pusat peranginannya dicemari!
Saturday November 27, 2010
Ash scattering ban revoked
By SARBAN SINGH
PORT DICKSON: The Port Dickson Municipal Council (MPPD) has rescinded a directive that families can only scatter 100gm of the remains of their cremated dead at a secluded spot at a stretch of beach near here.
State Environment, Human Resources, Plantation Affairs and Public Complaints Committee chairman Datuk V.S. Mogan said the state government had directed the MPPD to revoke the decision, announced just two days ago.
“The MPPD has been told to rescind the order. Families who wish to scatter the ashes of their dead kin can do so at a Hindu temple on KM1.6 Jalan Pantai,” he said.
Many quarters had criticised the MPPD for its unilateral decision, which they said mocked the beliefs of some communities.
Yesterday, The Star reported that the MPPD had implemented the ruling apparently to reduce sea pollution and to maintain cleanliness.
The council said the Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman management was also asked to have a weighing scale at all times to ensure only 100gm of ash was scattered into the sea. The council did not say how or where the relatives could dispose of the remaining ashes.
Those caught performing the ceremony elsewhere in PD would be slapped with a RM250 compound.
It is common for families from as far as Selangor and Malacca to perform the scattering of ashes in Port Dickson as part of their final rites.
The Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman temple committee was notified of the ruling a day after StarMetro had highlighted the plight of residents who had asked the MPPD and the state authorities to help them build a crematorium.
Mogan, who is also state MIC chairman, however, advised the families of the deceased not to throw pots and other prayer items into the sea.
He said the MPPD had received complaints from beach goers of such items being dumped indiscriminately by the beach.
Residents had complained of the deplorable conditions at an open air crematorium in an oil palm estate in Jalan Sua Betong here.