PENANG: Forget the analysts and the economists. Or the central bank even.
As has been the tradition for as long as Penangites can remember, the faithful gathered at the Hai Choo Soo (Sea Pearl) Temple in Tanjung Tokong here last night to find out what Tua Pek Kong or the God of Prosperity has to say about the country's economy.
According to the deity, the last eight months of the Year of the Dog will see Malaysia enjoying a good economy.
The deity predicted that the year would start with an average trimester (February to May) and progressed to good until January 2007.
Thousands of people, mostly businessmen, converged at the temple to witness this annual event, the 116th chneah hoay or flame-watching ceremony.
Poh Hock Seah Temple president Datuk Lim Chooi Beng said the embers from the burning joss-sticks were ignited after about seven minutes of first fanning, signifying that the economy was slow in taking off.
“The second flare came in the next minute, while the third was after three minutes,'' he said, adding that the second fanning brought strong flames, which were about the same for the third fanning.
He said the predictions for this year were better than last year's.