Hit-a-villain ritual a big hit with devotees


Chasing away bad luck: A woman performing the hit-a-villain ritual at the Sin Zhe Si Ya Temple in Kuala Lumpur.

Compiled by NG SI HOOI, GAN PEI LING and R. ARAVINTHAN

MANY devotees performed a ritual called da xiao ren (hit-a-villain) at several temples, major Chinese dailies reported.

China Press reported that many went to the Sin Zhe Si Ya Temple or Guan Di Temple in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday.

They believe it is the day when a mythical white tiger opens its mouth, signalling the awakening of insects, according to the Chinese lunar calendar.

In general, believers write down the name, date of birth and address of “offensive people” in their lives on a piece of paper and pass it to a temple caretaker, who will then beat it repeatedly with an old shoe or wooden clog.

Nanyang Siang Pau reported that the ritual was also performed at the Guan Yin Temple in Klang to “chase away” bad luck and wicked people who have hindered the believers’ progress in life and work. Many thronged the temple to perform the ritual, which included making offerings of food.

> China Press reported that a man died after he allegedly set himself alight in a field at a residential area in Gelang Patah, Johor.

His body was found by residents at about 6pm yesterday.

It was learnt that two empty bottles that had likely contained a flammable substance were found near the body.

Iskandar Puteri police chief Supt Noor Hashim Mohamad said police had yet to determine the identity of the man as there were no documents on the body.

> Kwong Wah Yit Poh reported that Macau casino magnate Stanley Ho was admitted to hospital in Hong Kong on Saturday evening.

The 95-year-old tycoon was accompanied by his fourth wife, Angela Leong On Kei.

As Leong was leaving the hospital later, she told reporters that Ho was there for a routine check-up and expected to be there for a week.

Found in translation is compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Tamil dailies). As such, stories are grouped according to the respective language/medium. Where a paragraph begins with a >, it denotes a separate news item.

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