No peace for the dead in Penang?
George Town’s largest Christian cemetery, the Western Road cemetery, has come under the dubious notice of the city council, causing concern among relatives of those buried there. For one thing, the council has given notice of possible “other uses” for the land. For another, relatives have to provide extensive details of their rights to the burial plots.
No peace for the dead, it seems.
A report in The Sun quotes a councillor as saying it’s just to register everyone concerned and to ensure better management of the cemetery. However, a Penang resident wrote a letter to the paper Can MPPP seize old burial plots? expressing fears that the council could seize the land.
Social activist and blogger Anil Netto spoke to a few people and got reassurances that nothing sinister was involved, just a means to ensure good management and make improvements.
Among the distinguished residents at Western Road are 84 Russian soldiers who died when their ship was sunk in Penang during the First World War, as well as war dead of Commonwealth forces.
Who will speak for their rights?
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