SIBU: Some 50 members of the Mariamman Temple here participated in an hour long special prayer session for the annual Ponggal Festival, and victims of MH370, MH17, Airasia flight QZ8501 and floods in Peninsular Malaysia.
The event on Thursday night was conducted by an Indian priest, S. Karthikgehyen, who is a health inspector at the hospital here.
According to the president of the temple, Sergeant Manogaran Krishnasanny, the Ponggal Festival is a significant event for the Indian community.
“The prayer is for health and wealth of the celebrants. In conjunction with the festival, we are also praying for the victims of the three flights and floods,” he said.
The temple has about 200 members as the number of Indians in the town is quite low. All of them are from the peninsula who come here to work.
Separately, he said, they were now embarking on a project to build a bigger temple by 2020.
“This temple was founded in 1920. To celebrate the 100th years anniversary, we will be building a new temple. The existing one will be demolised,” he added.
Manograna said they had received strong support from not only the Indian but also from Chinese community for the project.
The new temple would be bigger than the present one which is just a detached double-storey house.