(Kulim News on the 13th) The century-old temple of the God of Wealth in Xiling was broken for no reason on the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year. The red cloth hydrangea on the furnace of the God of Wealth broke for no reason. A fire broke out immediately on the night of the third day of the lunar new year. The old temple was burned down overnight. This year, we need to borrow money. The library ceremony was also forced to be suspended, and the council held an emergency meeting this afternoon to decide on the in-situ reconstruction plan.
Huang Yuanhe, the consultant of the temple, said in an interview today that on the morning of the first day of the Lunar New Year, he found that the red cloth hydrangea tied to the God of Wealth’s furnace was broken for no reason. He wanted to ask others to tie it again, but due to the busy temple affairs, I forgot about it, but I didn’t expect that a fire would happen on the third day of the new year.
He said that at about 8 o’clock last night, they were having dinner in the dining room opposite the temple. During this period, Miao Zhu also visited the temple. Unexpectedly, news of the fire was received at 10:30 p.m.
“At that time, I, Council Chairman Zhou Zhihui, Kulim State Assemblyman Huang Jiazhen, Bandar Baru MP Roslan, etc. all rushed to the scene as soon as possible to understand the situation.”
Huang Yuanhe said that when he arrived at the scene, he saw that the fire was ignited from behind the temple. The fire was not big at the time, and he immediately called the police and fire station for help. The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Fire Department.
He revealed that in addition to the government fire rescue team, many nearby volunteer fire teams also rushed to the scene to provide support. However, the water was cut off at the time, and the fire team had to rely on fire trucks and water tanks to extinguish the fire. It took nearly two hours to bring the fire under control, but the old temple was burned to the ground.
He said that the temple is usually open for worshipers from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and it opens one hour earlier on New Year’s Day.
“On the third day of the Lunar New Year, there are particularly many pilgrims from other places. The festival is open until about 4 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Many tourists return to their hometowns to ‘repay their wealth’. Moreover, the fifth day of the Lunar New Year is the day to receive the God of Wealth, so there are even more people.”
He repeatedly lamented: “It is a pity that the history of the God of Wealth Temple is lost.”
He said that the pilgrims of Xiling God of Wealth Temple come from Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand and other countries. Unfortunately, there was a fire last night. The board of directors held a meeting this afternoon to discuss and make the best arrangement. He hopes to preserve the tradition.
Chen Zhenlong, a committee member of the temple, revealed that although the golden statue of the God of Wealth was recovered after the fire was extinguished, the wooden golden statue had been burned into charcoal. The council temporarily enshrined the charcoal golden statue in the nearby Shuangxi Wenchi Tua Pek Kong Temple (also known as the West Gate Temple). Lingguangfu Palace).
Zhou Zhihui, chairman of the temple’s board of directors, said that the association may set up a temporary temple next to the temple for worshipers, but the details are still to be discussed at the meeting.
He said that this year’s treasury borrowing ceremony has been suspended, and an emergency meeting will be held this afternoon to discuss countermeasures, namely the in-situ reconstruction plan. Next, the association will apply for temple construction funds and start external fundraising.
He said that the temple was a wooden structure, and the main hall was severely burned, with strong walls cracked and the roof collapsed.
When asked about the losses, he said frankly that there is nothing particularly valuable in the temple, but the history of the old temple is priceless. It is a pity that the fire destroyed all the history and the beautiful memories of several generations.
He revealed that after the fire was extinguished, the recovered golden statues of gods, including the God of Wealth, Landlord, Guanyin, Tai Sui, Datuk and Tiger, had been burned to charcoal and the copper furnace had cracked.
The God of Wealth Temple was founded by three late local enthusiastic Chinese businessmen, Diao Binghe, Huang Hengmei and Huang Shuzhi. It is a famous temple of the God of Wealth in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand. It is the earliest temple in the country dedicated to the God of Wealth as its main deity. During the Chinese New Year, holidays or weekends, groups of devotees often organize tour buses to worship.
The God of Wealth Temple has a long history. In the early days, it was enshrined at the old dock of Xiling. It was not until the 1960s that it was moved to its current location. Temples not only have historical value, religious beliefs and spiritual sustenance, but also play an important role in promoting social welfare, welfare and education.
After the establishment of the council in the 1990s, it has organized charity relief and issued educational assistance funds all year round to help disadvantaged groups in society.
The first month of the lunar calendar every year is the most prosperous time for the Xiling God of Wealth Temple. Many pilgrims from all over the world take advantage of the beginning of the year, especially the 25th and 26th of the first lunar month are the annual treasury opening days of the temple. After 11 o’clock that night, When the God of Wealth opens his treasury, many domestic and foreign believers will come here to “borrow money” from the God of Wealth in order to make a fortune and prosper their business.
In addition, the main festival of the God of Wealth Temple is the Birthday of the God of Wealth, which falls on the 22nd day of the seventh lunar month. Pilgrims from all over the world come to the Temple to pray for blessings.
The incense of the God of Wealth Temple in Xiling was introduced from China. The incense was moved to the river (current location), and it had previously settled next to the mining lake. Xiling God of Wealth Temple was completed on December 18, 1964, with a history of nearly 60 years.
According to the plaque, the sages established the temple preparatory committee in 1965, and the temple was completed in 1966 and consecrated in gold, and it has been enshrined to this day. The temple has undergone beautification projects, including filling, repaving asphalt and beautifying it, turning it into a check-in attraction to drive local tourism.
In January last year, the temple officially received notification of the approval of the temple land, which is the open space directly in front of and next to the temple, excluding the road reserved land in front of the Bajiao Pavilion, covering a total area of 2,955 square meters. Unfortunately, the temple suffered a fire last night, the third day of the Lunar New Year, and everything will be re-planned.
Wanla Baru County Magistrate Mohd Noor and officials also arrived at the scene this morning to understand the situation and handed over an emergency fund specially allocated by the county office.
He emphasized that the first condition for applying to rebuild the temple is to take adequate safety precautions, especially since the temple is one of the famous local attractions.
James, an Indian believer, said that he is a native of Xiling. He and his family come to the God of Wealth Temple every year to pray for blessings and have done so for more than 30 years. Now he is heartbroken to see the old temple burned down.
Devotee Zheng Shunde (60 years old, from Johor) said that he, his wife Chen Jiabao, daughter Zheng Yujing, mother-in-law Deng Huizhen, three generations come to the Temple of Wealth to pray for blessings every year.
He said that this year, in order to avoid the crowds, he waited until the fourth day of the Lunar New Year to come to the temple. He never expected that the old temple fair would be hit by a fire.
Devotee Li Yongli (69 years old) and his wife Wang Yiting came specially from Penang Island this morning. Unexpectedly, they saw that the old temple where they had come to worship every year for more than 10 years was destroyed by fire. They expressed their heartache.
Li Yongli said that he heard that a temple caught fire last night and thought it was the temple in Padang Sehai, but unexpectedly it was the temple of the God of Wealth.
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