After Langkawi ‘cross’ controversy, MP asks if cross-shaped KLIA also needs to go

The cross-shaped structure of Kuala Lumpur International Airport is pictured in the KLIA Aeropolis master plan. — Jannisri/wiki pic
The cross-shaped structure of Kuala Lumpur International Airport is pictured in the KLIA Aeropolis master plan. — Jannisri/wiki pic

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 27 — A federal lawmaker today questioned whether the cross-shaped Kuala Lumpur International Airport must also be torn down over religious sensitivities, following controversy raised over air wells that resembled the Christian icon at a housing development in Langkawi.

DAP MP Lim Lip Eng was responding to questions on the Kedah government’s move to intervene over complaints against the developer over the offending air wells.

“I have read on Facebook that people say KLIA also is shaped like a cross. Will we be demolishing it?” he said during a press conference at his Segambut office here today.

He then suggested that the individuals who raised the issue were suffering from “eye problems”, after aerial angles of the offending homes showed that the air wells were square rather than cross-shaped.

The photo of the houses in Langkawi recently surfaced on social media, with viewers’ attention drawn to the juxtaposition of the air wells and fire breaks that combined to resemble a cross of the roofs of the buildings.

Yesterday, Kedah state executive councillor in charge of housing Datuk Tajul Urus Mat Zain told Malay Mail Online that the housing developer had been ordered to repaint the fire break walls to match the roof tiles to avoid further confusion.

Tajul Urus said that despite the problem not being a big one, and that the appearance of the cross was not the intention of the developer, the state had to step in because the images had gone viral on social media.