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Chinese craftsmen working permit application is being dragged on for six months by BN government

35 Chinese skilled craftsmen are urgently needed to repair and restore Kuan Yin temple, the application for their work permits was submitted in May, but its approval was on hold by Immigration Department for unknown reason.

This news is purportedly not published by The Star.

In other hand, millions of unskilled workers from Indonesia and Bangladesh are flocked in like sardine fishes without problem. A visit to any hawker center in Kuala Lumpur is like visiting a foreign country nowadays.

I believe the temple trustee either refused to pay “duit kopi” or Chinese citizens are discriminated as usual.

Falling roof tiles damage statues of deities in temple

By TAN SIN CHOW

GEORGE TOWN: Four statues of deities in the 211-year-old Kuan Yin (Goddess of Mercy) temple were damaged after roof tiles crashed down on them during a downpour.

Nobody was injured but the affected portion was ordered closed temporarily as a safety precaution.

The four statues were ones which resembled the disciples of Confucius.

Delicate work: Temple helper Teh Tat Beng, 57, cleaning the tablets and damaged statues at the storeroom yesterday.

Other 50-odd statues in the altar include that of Di Zhang Wang Pu Sa (Ksitigarbha Bodhisattva), Wen Chang Di Jun (Imperial Sovereign Wen Chang), Confucius and Choo Sen Niao Niao. All the statues were made of ceramic, clay or wood.

Many newlyweds come to the altar to pray to Choo Sen Niao Niao to be blessed with children.

An employee discovered the damage at about 7am yesterday before alerting the temple committee.

Architect Tan Huat San, who was called to carry out an inspection at the site, immediately ordered the inner court to be closed.

He said the affected part would be covered with a plastic sheet as a temporary safety measure.

“The beam made of timber has been infested with woodworms over the years. It has become brittle and soft. We fear the surrounding parts will collapse if there is another downpour,” he added.

Tan said the area would be closed for at least three months for repairs.

The temple sits within the Unesco heritage enclave, and is a tourist attraction and an iconic landmark.

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胡新平 says:

Immigration Department is ikut perintah to follow the BN’s agenda of systematically dismantling Chinese heritage and culture.