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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Amusement rides draw flak from devotees


Parents are complaining that the amusement rides are distracting their children. Pic by Farezza Hanum Rashid

By Veena Babulal

from: The New Straits Times

08 February 2012
THE dust may have not settled yet over the issue of allowing amusement rides on a vacant lot at the Batu Caves temple complex.
During a Streets check yesterday there were still a number of visitors unhappy about the amusement rides, following the approval given by the Selayang Municipal Council recently.
K. Balan, 36, said his five children, aged 7 to 11, harassed him to go on the rides since they arrived for prayers there at 6am.
"In the end, I had to relent. But I think these rides are too commercial and I don't know how poor parents can afford them.
"These are things you don't want children to associate with in a religious place," he said yesterday.
At midday yesterday, there were only a handful of people going on the rides which are scheduled to operate non-stop until tomorrow.
There were already detractors among the visitors by mid-afternoon on Monday, several hours before they started operations.
Read more: Amusement rides draw flak from devotees - Central - New Straits Times http://www.nst.com.my/streets/central/amusement-rides-draw-flak-from-devotees-1.43445#ixzz1lnwD8CR7

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