Melaka temple to host talk by great-granddaughter of famed Chinese Kapitan

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 18 Sep 2019

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MELAKA: One of the oldest places of worship in Malaysia, the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple at Jalan Tukang Emas here, will be hosting a talk by Josephine Chua, the great-granddaughter of illustrious Chinese Kapitan, Chua Su Cheong.

The temple's cultural sub-committee head Jason Tseng said the talk will be held at 10am on Saturday (Sept 21) at the temple’s Teng Choo Hall.

Kapitan Chua was instrumental in rebuilding the Cheng Hoon Teng Temple that was first constructed in 1645.

The temple is one of the oldest religious structures in Malaysia, after the ruins in the Bujang Valley in Kedah.

Tseng said those keen to attend the talk could contact him at 012-6812183.

"We hope locals could attend the talk to appreciate the history," he said in an interview on Wednesday (Sept 18).

Based on history records, Kapitan Chua also built the Poh San Teng temple at Bukit Cina here in 1795, the same year he was elected Kapitan by the then Dutch administration of Melaka.

An inscription inside the temple in Mandarin reads: "Bukit Cina is the place where early traders from China were buried. Many Chinese traders came here with high expectations of success.

"Sadly, some died before fulfilling their dreams. Without a family with them, there was no one to pray for their souls. As such, the Chinese Kapitans initiated prayers on their behalf.

"However, these were always hampered by strong winds and heavy rainfall because there was no proper shelter. So, in 1795, after Chua Su Cheong had been appointed the Chinese Kapitan, he looked into this problem faced by the community and initiated the building of a temple at the foot of Bukit Cina, to ensure that the prayers for those buried in Bukit Cina would not be interrupted."

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