It is understood an internal investigation committee has been set up to investigate the accident where a lady died when the illegal taxi, operating under the eyes of the temple committee, overturned on its way up to the Penang Waterfalls Arulmigu Balathandayuthapani Temple.
Firstly, it's important to know who commissioned the setting up of the inquiry board headed by Ajit Singh Jessy who is just an industrial court practitioner.
Did the setting of the board get the go ahead of all the commissioners of Penang Hindu Endowment Board? Was it deliberated, discussed and approved by them?
However, can there be an independent enquiry when the police are investigating the matter?
The board should be more compassionate to the victims rather then set up an independent investigation committee, probably with the intention of absolving the board and the temple management committee from all legal liabilities.
It is further known that the driver of the vehicle went into hiding and finally got himself admitted at a hospital with neck pain.
The temple chairman is still away at the Olympic Games and is not concerned to make the effort to come back to pay a courtesy call to the injured victims and rightfully pay respects to the family of the lady who died.
The temple president should rightfully be present at the temple whereby after the Maha Kumbabishegam or Consecration Ceremony, there will be 48 days of special prayers, the Mandala Abishegam, but he chose to be in London to watch the Olympics Games.
Is this the sort of people we Hindus need to head the temples. The Penang Hindu Community must press for stiff action by the state government for being mum on the incident.
It is a bad omen for this sort of things to happen especially after the Maha Kumbabishegam.
The CM should look into these matters in his personal capacity because the leader whom he has entrusted to oversee the functions of the PHEB is not suitable and capable to manage the Board.
The PHEB executive director is paid RM5,000 and the assistant secretary is paid RM3000. There is no proper governance by PHEB over the TMC's as such these guys try to make an extra income by working hand in hand with the private taxi's owners.
The entire temple committee and the PHEB must be revamped without further reference by the chief minister.