Kulim District Office has set Sept 30 deadline for the removal of 20 statues described as inappropriate from Bali-themed park at Taman MBI Desaku
KUALA LUMPUR: Two statues of women with wings were removed from the MBI Desaku Park in Padang Meha, Kulim, Kedah, following complaints made by locals, reported the New Straits Times today.
The report said the statues were removed following residents’ complaints that they were offensive to Muslim sensitivities.
Rohana Sharif, manager of park operator ECK Sdn Bhd, said they decided to take prompt action due to their concern on villagers’ sensitivities.
“The statues were removed today after we received the order from the district office and the Kulim Municipal Council,” Rohana was quoted as saying in the NST report.
The park, developed by ECK Sdn Bhd, featured over 30 statues and carvings of various sizes including Spiderman, Snow White characters, Optimus Prime and other Transformers figures.
Rohana said there were five landscape themes set up, namely Holland, Disneyland, Bali, Cactus and Japan with the women’s statue placed in the Bali-themed area.
The Bali-themed area will be temporarily closed to tourists while the removal work is in progress.
Yesterday, the Kulim District Office set Sept 30 as the deadline for the company to remove 20 statues described as inappropriate from its Bali-themed park at Taman MBI Desaku in Padang Meha.
Kulim district officer and administrator Mohamad Che Nai said the decision was taken following a meeting Wednesday on the removal of several statues, including those of deities erected in the park.
“We have also instructed the developer to provide the district office with a written list of the statues and new ones which they plan to build for submission to the state mufti for consideration on their suitability,” he said.
Last Tuesday, the district office ordered the closure of the theme park and removal of two female-winged statues following complaints lodged by netizens who were uncomfortable with the statues.