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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:07 PM   #1
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National Cemetery In The Making
by Maria J. Dass (the Sun)

PETALING JAYA (Jan 7, 2010): A national cemetery, Pusara Negara, is being created as a final resting place for the country’s national figures and heroes. But the chosen location– near the National Monument – is becoming a matter of debate as it will be carved from one of Kuala Lumpur’s diminishing green lungs.

The 6ha site for the RM18 million project is located just behind the Administrative and Diplomatic Service Association Club and secretariat building along Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin (see map).

The site, which is now secondary jungle, overlooks the city and the new police headquarters. Checks showed there are signs of clearing work, and two old government quarters have been demolished. Green hoardings and no-entry warnings have been erected to prevent illegal dumping at the site.

When asked about the location of the project, a spokesperson for Kuala Lumpur City Hall said the present recreational areas at the National Monument will not be touched. "The Pusara Negara will actually be an extension to the present park surroundings," he said.

The project comes under the purview of the Prime Minister’s Department, and City Hall was assigned to identify a suitable site and to design the landscape.

In a written reply to questions from theSun, senior deputy secretary-general in the PM’s Department Datuk Zainol Othman said the aim of this project is to provide a respectable resting place in honour of the nation’s statesmen and leaders befitting their venerable service to the country.

He clarified that the burial plots are not for sale and that it is up to the government, which will bear the cost of the project, to decide on who are to be laid to rest there.

Zainol gave an assurance that the project will be designed to be in harmony with the environment.

"The green zone around the Tugu Negara will be retained, given that the project is based on the concept of National Mausoleum in the Gardens," he said adding that the burial areas of Muslim and non-Muslims will be segregated by a buffer zone planted with big trees.

Zainol said the whole area will be complemented with various tropical landscaping, complete with suitable water features. "This combination would be presented in fluent harmony, establishing the National Mausoleum as a heritage that will be the pride of all Malaysians," he said.

Asked if the public can voice their views and opinions on the project since it is near a public recreation area, Zainol said: "They can do so through their Members of Parliament.

"Any such views and objections especially, would be brought to Dewan Rakyat or Negara and debated for its appropriate resolution and solution."

In November, Machang Member of Parliament Saifuddin Nasution brought up the issue in the Dewan Rakyat, saying: "There is already a lack of open spaces and green area in Kuala Lumpur and now the public will lose another recreation spot for them and their families."

"We already have a monument to honour our heroes. Is this cemetery necessary?" Saifuddin questioned.

The Federal Territory and Urban Well-Being Ministry in a written reply to Saifuddin’s queries on the matter had said the site will house 250 plots for Muslims and 250 plots for non-Muslims. Saifuddin claimed that based on his own calculations, each of the 500 graves on prime land in the city has a value of between RM35,000 and RM40,000.

The country’s two former prime ministers – Tun Abdul Razak and Tun Hussein Onn – and two former deputy prime ministers – Tun Dr Ismail Abdul Rahman and Tun Abdul Ghafar Baba – are buried at the Warriors Mausoleum behind Mesjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur.

First prime minister Tunku Abdul Rahman, a member of the Kedah royal family, is buried at the Royal Mausoleum in Alor Star.

this project is in the RMK-9 under the purview of JPM
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Old January 8th, 2010, 01:09 PM   #2
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here's the list of all the RMK-9 projects under the purview of JPM

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Satu lagi project barisan nasional!!!
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Old January 15th, 2010, 02:06 PM   #4
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Ex-servicemen give Pusara Negara thumbs up
By Maria J.Dass

PETALING JAYA (Jan 14, 2010): The ex-police and ex-servicemen associations have lauded the establishment of a national mausoleum on Persiaran Sultan Salahuddin in Kuala Lumpur, while Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng said public opinion should be sought on such projects, especially those developed in green lungs and recreation areas.

The servicemen said it was a befitting way to remember and honour those who served the country and especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty to ensure security and peace for the country.

Ex-servicemen association president Datuk Muhamad Abdul Ghani said: “We fully support this initiative as it signifies the appreciation for those who fought for the country, and a means for these heroes to be remembered by future generations.”

The 6ha Pusara Negara mausoleum is being built by the government on a site just behind the National Monument to honour heroes and those who contributed to the development of the country.

Abdul Ghani hoped measures will be taken to ensure that those who are buried there are deserving of the honour.

“Recipients of the Seri Pahlawan Gagah Perkasa (SP) and Panglima Gagah Berani (PGB) awards are examples of those whose bravery and service deserve recognition," he said.

“We must also not forget those who fought during the communist insurgency,” he said.

He said the government should also look into the possibility of relocating the graves of war heroes and those deserving of a spot from their original locations to Pusara Negara.

He pointed out that countries like Indonesia had such mausoleums to honour heroes and those who contributed to the country in one way or another.

Ex-police officers association president Shafie Bakri said: “The Pusara Negara is a good way to honour police and army personnel, especially those who lost their lives in the line of duty, and while going up against terrorist and criminals.”

He said special consideration should be given to those who served in NGOs and those who were actively involved in promoting peace for the good of the country.

“We should also not forget to honour those who served the country in other fields and areas too, including scientists, not only focus on the services of leaders and servicemen,” he added.

When contacted, Lim whose constituency the mausoleum is located, said: “I am all right with the project if the public want it.”

“If the public opinion and feedback is favourable then go ahead, but if it is not favourable then scrap it.”
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