The Associated Press, January 21, 2007
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: A Hindu temple in Malaysia has reportedly become the first in the world to receive an international quality service certification, a news report said Sunday.
The Sri Sundararaja Perumal temple in Klang, just outside of Malaysia's largest city Kuala Lumpur, received the International Organization for Standardization's ISO 9001:2000 certificate last November, the national news agency Bernama said.
"We wanted to set a benchmark by achieving this award so that people will know we provide quality services in religious faith," the temple's president S. Anandakrishnan was quoted as saying. "By standardizing our religious procedure, devotees will get similar and fair treatment in terms of wedding ceremony and other rituals."
The report said the temple was probably the first in the world to receive such a certification. The claim could not be independently verified immediately.
Anandakrishnan said the temple had been working on getting certified for three years from the Geneva-based International Organization for Standardization, which certifies companies and service providers worldwide for quality upon achieving certain benchmarks.
Malaysia's 26 million population is 60 percent Malay, who are mainly Muslim. Indians, who are mainly Hindu, account for about 10 percent.