Monday, December 2, 2013

Kedah's Historical Bujang Valley: What Are They Doing To It!

When the Taliban blasted the Bamiyan Buddha statues, the world was outraged.

To the Taliban, however, what they did was perfectly to please god.

What happened here in Kedah to the demolition of the historical Bujang Valley Candi No 11 temple tomb might not have been so dramatic, but equally inexcusable.

At least, I hope, it had nothing to do with religion.

It was especially inexcusable for the Kedah state government to claim that they were helpless to do anything about it

Wasn't the Kedah state government aware of the historical significance of the site?

If it was, why did it in the first place approve the site for development?

However you look at it, the Kedah state government must be held responsible for what happened.

A responsible government cannot just throw up its hand and claim innocence.

We are talking about our history.

We are talking about our heritage.

What was there in it for them?

But perhaps they were just being cavalier about it.

After all, what was the fuss all about?

The place was just an ancient Hindu temple site - and a tomb temple at that!

To allow the site to remain in all its glory may not be convenient.

Unless it reflected something else to help perpetuate a myth more pleasing to political correctness?

After all, the country has stopped singing the praise of our once celebrated hero Hang Tuah, because of an inconvenient discovery?

And they have not said much about the founder of the Malacca Sultanate in the same awe they had once taught us proudly of him in our history classes.

This is Bolehland for you - as crisp and creepy as they sometimes come.

Unfortunately.

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