JOHOR BARU: There will be no trophy for the champion of the Pulai Springs Malaysian Masters golf tournament, which is the latest addition to an expanding Asian Tour.
Instead, the organisers will present the champion with a replica of the Tree of Life apart from the winners purse of US$47,550.
The two-foot tall hand-crafted teak wood antique, weighing 70kg, was made in Indonesia at a cost of RM50,000.
It is the brainchild of Pulai Springs Resort managing director Datuk Chua Jui Leng.
We believe that the Tree of Life is appropriate as a memento for the champion as it is a symbol of growth, bountifulness and self-sustenance. It also represents prosperity and a fulfilment of all endeavours, said Jui Leng.
(From the Bible: Yahweh God grow out of the ground every kind of tree that is pleasing to see and good to eat, also the tree of life in the middle of the garden and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9).
He added that the cultural aspect of the Tree of Life had also been absorbed into wayang kulit. The wayang kulit was introduced to the northern states of Malaya by Indian traders in the 15th century.
Today, the wayang kulit is integral to Malaysias cultural heritage, celebrated at every opportunity, added Jui Leng.
Therefore, in keeping with the theme of merriment and jubilation, this hand-crafted novelty from Indonesia is an appropriate memento for the champion of the Pulai Springs Malaysian Masters.