Compiled by C. ARUNO, FAZLEENA AZIZ and R. ARAVINTHAN
THE two stone lions standing in front of George Town’s Goddess of Mercy Temple have been vandalised, prompting the temple committee to reconsider a fence, China Press reported.
According to deputy president Chen Guo Cai, the temple had submitted blueprints for a fence to the Penang Island City Council a few years ago, but have yet to hear back from them.
According to Chen, the right ears of both lions were broken off, which he suspects is the work of vandals.
He said that as the temple is a heritage site, they are not allowed to install additional structures without prior approval.
“We have applied to build a motorised fence but have yet to receive approval.
“Judging from our old photos, we can see that the temple used to have fences,” he said as he expressed hope that the application would be approved to prevent a recurrence of such an incident.
The Kuan Yin temple was built in 1728, making it Penang’s oldest Taoist temple.
> Mandarin oranges are expected to cost 30% more this year due to a sharp rise in logistics costs, according to the Kuala Lumpur Fruits Wholesalers Association.
China Press reported that its president Nyuk Moy Chin said that the cost of shipping used to be between US$1,500 and US$1,700 (RM6,300 and RM7,140) per container.
However, the cost has more than doubled this year to between US$3,500 and US$4,000 (RM14,700 and RM16,800) due to the pandemic, she said.
Moreover, many of the shipments were stuck at ports, forcing businesses to pay extra for “express service” just to get their stock out, she added.
“As such, the wholesale cost of (a box of 28 medium-sized) mandarin oranges has risen to RM25 from RM20,” Chin said.
However, she said it was unlikely that fruit sellers would be passing the entire cost increase to consumers as this would deter them from buying, preferring to instead lower their profit margins this year.
Chin added that the sale of mandarin oranges would usually only pick up two weeks before Chinese New Year, and it was hard to determine whether they would sell well at this moment.
The above articles are 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.