It's time the Chief Minister YAB Lim Guan Eng makes a decision on how the Penang Hindu Endowment Board (PHEB) should be managed.
Many issues raised in the past that have been ignored by PHEB over the mismanagement of the Penang Waterfalls Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple.
Ineed many were raised by devotees even before the Thaipusam festival 2012.
The PHEB chairperson should have removed the entire committee after the Maha Kumbabishegam or Consecration Ceremony, which was held on June 29.
The same old committee managing means conflict of interest.
Temple president Kuvenaraju did mention in the meeting with panthal operators that he will resign after the 2012 Thaipusam, but he is still there with a good salary which comes from public funds.
It's time the chief minister as the head of the state government, appoint better deserving and more capable leaders to manage the PHEB board.
This is in view of the latest incident at the temple. It is known that there are illegal private taxis manning the route up to the hill temple.
Devotees are charged a fee for the ride by these private taxis up to the temple under the eyes of the temple committee members and the temple chairperson.
The taxi drivers load seven to eight devotees each time and it's a dangerous drive up the steep hill road leading to the temple.
Last Saturday, a group of seven or eight devotees hired a private taxi and during the ride up the hill, the overloaded taxi which was unable to move uphill causing the brakes to malfunction.
The taxi slid back and the devotees were thrown out of the taxi into the steep ravine.
A few of them were injured and some were given outpatient treatment at a nearby medical institution.
One of the devotees, an elderly lady who had head injuries, died yesterday. Incidentally, the vehicle's road tax had expired and that meant its insurance had also expired.
The PHEB chairperson, the temple chairman and his committee must take full responsibility over this incident and rightfully resign immediately from all posts in the board and the temple.
The matter has also been kept hush-hush within the PHEB board and the temple committee.
It has also been informed that the temple chairperson is in London to watch the Olympic Games.
He did not report the matter or make the effort to see the injured parties. Here we have devotees whose lives are in danger but he has time to go to the Olympic Games.
The matter has been reported in The Star daily today.
The chief minister must take immediate steps to get rid of the rot in the Penang Hindu Endowment Board and the entire Waterfall Temple committee.
He must improve the boards under the governance of the state to keep the trust of the people who voted for him.