Dragonfish lures crowd to temple


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  • Friday, 04 Apr 2008

SITUATED in the farthest end of a housing estate called Hutan Setali, off Jalan Haji Ahmad in Kuantan, is a Chinese temple with a unique attraction.

The Sun San Seen See temple is well known among locals for it five kui loong fish (literally translated as dragonfish) in its premises.

Temple caretaker S. Rajasingam, 38, said the fishes were brought by a close friend nine years ago.

Some of the deities at the Sun San Seen See temple in Kuantan.

He said the fish were 3m long and could grow to 10m, similar to the araipaima, one of the largest scaled freshwater fish in the world.

“These giants consume 10kg of fish a day and I can afford to feed them only once a day.

“It costs RM200 every three days to buy fish in bulk from wholesalers,” he said in an interview.

Rajasingam said that many visitors and fish lovers came to view the fish.

The best part, he said, was when the fish made a “chomp” sound while gobbling smaller fish.

One of the many deities.

Rajasingam said he also reared tortoises, birds, a Rottweiler called Woo Chai and an orang utan.

However, early last year, he released the orang utan in the forest reserve near Teruntum Mini Zoo.

Relating his background, Rajasingam said he was from the fifth generation of a family whose members were Chinese mediums.

He said his great-great grandparents were mediums, as well as his parents who owned a temple in Kampar, Perak.

“I was already going into a trance when I was eight,” he said in fluent Cantonese.

The Monkey King and other characters of the Monkey Goes West legend.

Rajasingam showed many photographs of him performing rituals, hung on the wall of the main shrine.

He is married to Mah Sit Ying, 33, and the couple have three children aged five, eight and 10 years.

He said that not many people visited the temple on normal days, but thousands arrived during major festivals.

“They come from as far as Thailand and Singapore. Fellow mediums come to pay homage and rekindle old friendships.

“We have many hand-crafted statues of deities such as Lord Ganesan, the Goddess of Mercy, Kwan Tai Yeh, Sei Min Fatt, images of the main characters of the Monkey Goes West legend, and a mermaid,” he said.

Rajasingam said that most devotees come to pray for good fortune, health and blessings from the Gods.

Satue of Lord Ganesan.

“Those who come for four-digit numbers are advised to go elsewhere.

“I am not into such business,” he said.

The Sun San Seen See temple will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year.

It is open daily from 9am to 4pm. For more information, call Rajasingam at 09-514 5009.

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