Flames of prosperity: Deity predicts strong economic outlook for Penang this year

GEORGE TOWN: Penang's economy will be considerably optimistic and strong for the whole of 2020, according to a forecast by the Tua Pek Kong deity.

The prediction was made by the deity during the annual Chneah Hoay (flame-watching) ceremony at Hai Choo Soo Temple in Tanjung Tokong here late Friday (Feb 7).

Poh Hock Seah Temple honorary secretary Lim Hooi Kooi said all three flames ignited during the ceremony were bright and strong, especially the second flame.

"This means that the month of May to August will bring better outlook to the state.

"For the first and last flame, they were also bright and strong, signifying a good economy outlook.

"This is the first time in some 10 years that we are witnessing three strong flames, signifying a good economic outlook for Penang," he added.

The annual ritual began at 11.55pm Friday.

Each year, the statue of the Tua Pek Kong deity is brought from the Poh Hock Seah Tua Pek Kong Temple on Lebuh Armenian to the Hai Choo Soo Temple in Tanjung Tokong for the ceremony and returns the next day.

During the ceremony, thousands of devotees also thronged the temple to pray for the year and to later observe the flame-watching ceremony.

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