GEORGE TOWN: The 211-year-old Goddess of Mercy Temple received a financial boost even as it prepares for restoration work which is expected to start next year.
State Local Government and Traffic Management Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow, who is also Padang Kota assemblyman, gave RM5,000 to the temple. The money came from his constituency fund.
“Hopefully it will help in the iconic temple’s restoration, which has become more urgent following the recent damages,” he told a press conference at the temple in Jalan Masjid Kapitan Keling yesterday.
He had earlier visited the temple with Kong Hock Keong board of trustees committee chairman Datuk Lam Wu Chong and restoration committee chairman Datuk Seri Khoo Keat Siew.
At the same press conference, Lam reiterated the committee’s hope that the application of permit to bring in 35 craftsmen from China for the works would be expedited by the Immigration Department.
“The restoration works is expected to cost around RM5 mil initially, but now it may cost up to RM6 mil due to the delay.”
Zinc roofing had been put up as a temporary measure after the temple was partly damaged by falling roof tiles during a downpour on Oct 17.