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Happy Chinese New Year 2014 / Gong Xi Fa Chai / 恭喜發財

Wishing all readers with a Prosperous and Healthy Chinese New Year 2014.
Gong Xi Fa Cai.

祝大家,身體健康,心想事成,万事如意, 年年有餘, 合家平安, 恭喜發財.

Happy Chinese New Year 2014 / Gong Xi Fa Chai / 恭喜發財


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Demolishing temple during Chinese New Year

Demolishing temple during Chinese New Year.

For the past few days, Facebook is abuzz with a post about two Chinese temples that would be demolished this Chinese New Year at Kampung Kasipillay, Jalan Ipoh. Since I’m in the area, I’ve decided to investigate the matter further. Below are my short write up about what is happening.

A bleak Chinese New Year has befallen two registered Chinese temples at Jalan Ipoh, Kuala Lumpur: Tokong Choo Sing Tong/ 聚星堂, and PERSATUAN PENGANUT DEWA SHAN LING GONG / 善靈宮 respectively.

On 21 January 2014, Officers from the The Wilayah Persekutuan Department of Land and Mines (Pejabat Pengarah Tanah dan Galian Wilayah Persekutuan) came to ISSUE and PASTE a notice of PEMBERITAHUAN MENGOSONGKAN TAPAK (Site Clearing Notice). The notice stated that the recipients should clear all their belongings before 9.45 a.m., 4th February 2014. No reasons or explanations were given. Also, there was no official stamp and signature by The Wilayah Persekutuan Department of Land and Mines authority on the Notice issued.

Tokong Choo Sing Tong / 聚星堂 , is a very famous Kuan Ti Chinese temple established since 1954. The Site Clearing Notice stated that the beautiful Nine-Dragon wall (which also has been featured on many television programs in Malaysia) along with its fishpond crafted by artisans from China, is to be demolished.

Another notice issued to a smaller Chinese temple registered as PERSATUAN PENGANUT DEWA SHAN LING GONG / 善靈宮 and the caretaker’s living squatter. This temple too has operated here for many years already. They are told to remove all belonging by the said date above.

Through inquiry about the incident with the committee members of both temples, I came to know that there was no any form of advance notices given or any discussions involved between the government authorities and the temple committees with regards to this Site Clearing orders.

Personally, I find that the Government Authority is seemingly being insensitive and totally being insensible to issue such notice. Firstly, it is highly difficult, if not impossible to pack and relocate on a two weeks notice (between 21 Jan – 4 Feb, 2014), when every Chinese people in Malaysia is busy in preparation to celebrate their traditional Lunar New Year. Secondly, 4th February 2014, this day is marked as Li Chun, an important date to the Chinese communities. Li Chun traditionally signifies the beginning of spring in East Asian cultures. Chinese New Year is celebrated around this time. Farmers often celebrate the beginning of Lichun with special village events, worship and offerings to the gods and ceremonies for a blissful and prosperous new year. (Source from Wiki, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lichun)

To issue a notice with plans to demolish two Chinese temples by the government authority on 5 February 2014, the government bodies are not upholding the spirit of 1Malaysia—Unity and Racial Harmony; that is to respect, act sensibly, to listen to each other’s view, and proceed with sensitivity toward other people’s beliefs and religious faith.

This notice of PEMBERITAHUAN MENGOSONGKAN TAPAK (Site Clearing Notice) issued by Pejabat Pengarah Tanah dan Galian Wilayah Persekutuan only serves to threaten and destabilize Malaysia’s cultural melting pot with no voice of reason involved. The insensitivity displayed, seeming religious intolerance would further add strain to the harmonious relationship shared and enjoyed by the various races in Malaysia, thereby creating negative sentiments among the mass public.

06 February 2014 - The demolition has been temporary put on hold with help offered by the public along with Dato Chan Kim Leong (Kuala Lumpur Welfare Society) and Jayanthi Devi Balaguru (Gerakan Wanita Secretary General / BN Segambut). The temple management would like to thanks all parties for helping in this matter. Post will be updated when we receive further news and we are in the progress of writing up a post on what MAY have cause these unfortunate events.

Updated 7 Feb 2014

Others on print media :-

China Press Malaysia / 中國報
Sin Chew Daily / 星洲日報
Oriental Daily / 東方日報
The Sun Daily
Malaysia Chronicle

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Below:- A News Article on China Press Malaysia published on 30th January 2014 –> http://www.chinapress.com.my/node/495567

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Below:- News Articles on The Sun Daily published on 5th February 2014 –> http://www.thesundaily.my/node/239990

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Auspicious Dates for Chinese New Year 2014

Auspicious Dates for Chinese New Year 2014.

Listed below are Astrology & Feng shui information on auspicious dates and direction for Chinese New Year 2014. These auspicious dates are formulated from the chinese almanac or commonly known as Tung shu / Tung shing / 通勝. I have edited this list into a shorter version as the original list would be too long with too much information.

2014 Jia Wu Horse Year / 二零一四年 甲午年

Heavenly Steam is Jia Yang Wood / 天干 甲木年
Earthly branch is Wu Yang Fire / 地支 午火年

Li Chun begins at 06.12am on 4th Feb 2014. 1st season of the year.
立春進節 早晨六點十二分 正月初五日甲午年

Jing Zhe begins at 00:02am on 6th March 2014
驚蟄進節 半夜零點零二分 二月初六日甲午年

Qing Ming begins at 04:47am on 5th April 2014
清明進節 半夜四點四十七分 三月初六日甲午年

Dong Zhi begins at 07:03am on 22nd December 2014
冬至進節 早晨七點零三分 十一月初一日甲午年

Li Chun 2015 begins at 11:58am on 4th February 2015. 1st season for year 2015
立春進節 中午十一點五十八分 十二月十六甲午年2015

Related acticle’s on this site:-

* Click here to see my small write-up on Li Chun / 立春
* Click here to see my small write-up on Dong Zhi / Winter Solstice / 冬至
* Click here to see my small write-up on Hanging Red / 掛紅
* Click here to see my small write-up on Chinese New Year Taboo
* Click here to see my small write-up on Offering to White Tiger / 拜白虎 (During Jing Zhe)
* Click here to see my small write-up on Chinese Ghost Month Taboo

Inauspicious direction of the Year Gui Si 2014 / 二零一四年甲午年吉凶方向

Dominating star is 4 Green, which is also an Auspicious star 四綠星為主

Tai Sui – SOUTH / 正南方172.5º – 187.5º 太歲坐位方向.
3 Killing – NORTH – 正北犯三煞
5 Yellow – NORTH WEST – 西北方犯五黄
2 Black – EAST – 正東方犯二黑

Tai Sui / 太歲 2014 Information.

Tai Sui dominating this year is General Zhang Ci. “Zhang” is the surname of Tai Sui 2014
甲午年太歲姓名 張詞星君

Horse offend Tai Sui 馬犯太歲
Rat clashes Tai Sui 鼠冲太歲
Rabbit minor clash Tai Sui 兔刑冲太歲
Rooster reflect Tai Sui 雞偏冲太歲

Offending White Tiger 2014 / 二零一四甲午年犯白虎.

Signs that are suppose to pray to white tiger / prayers for noble people. – Monkey / Ox / Tiger / Dog / Horse / Rat
拜白虎 / 送小人- 驚蟄日半夜零點零二分 生肖 – 猴 牛、虎、狗、馬、鼠

* Jing Zhi / 惊蟄 is the day when White Tiger prayers begin. The time of the beginning of Jing Zhi is also know as “The time when the White Tiger Opens it’s mouth / 白虎开口”

** Click here to know more about Offering to White Tiger / 拜白虎

Auspicious Dates for house cleaning and clearing only / 掃舍吉日

7th Jan 2014 Tue – Clash Monkey 冲猴十二月初七(星期二)
13th Jan 2014 Mon – Clash Tiger 冲虎十二月十三(星期一)
14th Jan 2014 Tue – Clash Rabbit 冲兔十二月十四(星期二)
16th Jan 2014 Thu – Clash Snake 冲蛇十二月十六(星期四)
19th Jan 2014 Sun – Clash Monkey 冲猴十二月十九(星期日)
22nd Jan 2014 Wed – Clash Pig 冲猪十二月廿二(星期三)
23rd Jan 2014 Thu – Clash Rat 冲鼠十二月廿三(星期四)

Auspicious Dates for Hanging Red, Cleaning Altar Table and Change of Gold Flower/ 掛紅, 換金花、換花球、吉日.

14th Jan 2014 Tue – Clash Snake 冲蛇十二月十四(星期二)
19th Jan 2014 Sun – Clash Monkey 冲猴十二月十九(星期日)
20th Jan 2014 Mon – Clash Rooster 冲雞十二月二十(星期一)
25th Jan 2014 Sat – Clash Tiger 冲虎十二月廿五(星期六)
26th Jan 2014 Sun – Clash Rabbit 冲兔十二月廿六(星期日)

Auspicious dates to start work / 開巿、開工吉日

4th Feb 2014 Tue – Clash Rat 冲鼠正月初五(星期二)
5th Feb 2014 Wed – Clash Ox 冲牛正月初六(星期三)
7th Feb 2014 Fri – Clash Rabbit 冲兔正月初八(星期五)
8th Feb 2014 Sat – Clash Dragon 冲龍正月初九(星期六)
12th Feb 2014 Wed – Clash Monkey 冲猴正月十三(星期三)

Date For Blessings / 祈福吉日

1st Feb 2014 Sat – Clash Rooster 冲雞正月初二(星期六)
4th Feb 2014 Tue – Clash Rat 冲鼠正月初五(星期二)
5th Feb 2014 Wed – Clash Ox 冲牛正月初六(星期三)
7th Feb 2014 Fri – Clash Rabbit 冲兔正月初八(星期五)
13st Feb 2014 Thu – Clash Rooster 冲雞正月十四(星期四)
14th Feb 2014 Fri – Clash Dog 冲狗正月十五(星期五)

Direction of Auspicious and Inauspicious gods on NEW YEAR day 31-1-2014 / 正月初一吉凶方位

Cai Shen 財神 / Wealth God – South -正南方
Xi Shen 喜神 / Joy God – South -正南方
Gui Shen 貴神 / Nobility God – East – 正東方
Ji Men 吉門 / Lucky Door – North West –西北方
Sheng Men 生門 / Living Door – North – 正北方
Kai Men 開門 / Open Door – West -正西方
Wu Gui 五鬼 / Five Devils – South East – 東南方
Si Men 死門 / Dead Door – South – 正南方
E Shen 噩神 / Wicked Deity – Center/Heaven – 在天

:- Auspicious Time to invite Auspicious gods on Lunar New Years Day / 接神吉時.

1) Between 12.00am to 12.45am – Clash Monkey and Horse 日冲猴, 時冲馬.

2) Between 01.00am to 02.45am – Clash Monkey and Lamb 日冲猴, 時冲羊.

3) Between 03.00am to 04.45am – Clash Monkey 日冲猴, 時冲猴.

4) Between 5.00am to 06.45am – Clash Monkey and Rooster 日冲猴, 時冲雞.

5) Between 07.00am to 08.45am – Clash Monkey and Dog 日冲猴, 時冲狗.

6) Between 09.00am to 10.45am – Clash Monkey and Pig 日冲猴, 時冲豬.

7) Between 11.00am to 12.45pm – Clash Monkey and Rat 日冲猴, 時冲鼠

本壇祝贺每一位善男信女在新一年:身体健康、心想事成、步步高升、万象更新、恭喜发财

Wishing You and your Family a Happy and Prosperous Chinese New Year.

* Dates above are courtesy of Ji Gong Xian Ling Tan, Kuala Lumpur.

** The word “CLASH” means that the particular day is unsuitable or inauspicious to those born under the astrological sign listed.

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Below:- A chart that shows the directional influence in the Tung shu / Tung shing / 通勝 2014.

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Nan Ting Si-Parit Unas / 南亭寺-巴力温那

Nan Ting Si-Parit Unas / 南亭寺-巴力温那.

Location:- Parit Unas, Muar, Johor / 巴力温那, 麻坡, 柔佛.

Famously known as San Chai Ye Miao.

It was my 1st outstation job to Muar, Johor that I was brought to this temple by a client. But knowing then, being young, I’ve totally forgot about this place and have a vague memory of it.

So after 18 years, It was a friend that mention about this place while having tea. My friend, in his 50s now, talked about a temple that his departed mom used to visit when he was in his teens. He couldn’t recall where this temple is located exactly or what deity this temple is devoted to but according to him, those days, tour buses would bring devotee from a far to this temple. Well, after further discussion, way pass midnight, along with some clues of its whereabout, we decided to recce the location before our visit the next day.


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On our visit the following day, We were very surprise that till today, many years later, the tour buses still comes. Visitors were busy taking photographs while some were busy doing their offering and prayers.

There is large tree nearby that shelters a few stall selling drinks, fruits and locally made biscuits to visitors. Other stalls here offers numerous craft works, jades, crystal and souvenirs. Fortune teller’s and medicine man are also seen offering their services to the high volume of visitors here too.

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Geographically, this place is situated on a vast flat land with a river at the front of the temple. If my memory serve me right, the river were much wider back those days than it is now. Fishing boats were fully parked by its banks and a small jetty is build by it side. I really could’t remember a jetty been there during my first visit.

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Two huge marble lion is place at the front the entrance, guarding the entrance to the main prayer hall. The center altar in this prayer hall is devoted to the deity of Goddess Guan Yin / Guan Yin Pu Sa / 觀音菩薩 flank by Jin Tong / 金童 also known as Shan Cai Tong Zi / 善財童子 and Yu Nu / 玉女 by it side. The altar to the right is dedicated to Qi Tian Da Sheng / 齊天大聖 while the altar to the left is dedicated to Tian Hou Sheng Mu / 天后聖母 more popularly known as Goddess Tian Hou .

Devotee are seen working on the Chinese fortune stick / 求籤 for advise to their prayers. Also known as Kau Chim in Cantonese, this divination method consist of many bamboo sticks in a larger bamboo tube. Each of the smaller stick has a number and the devotee would knell before the deity with the question they wish to seek the answer for. By shaking the bamboo tube sincerely a smaller bamboo stick would pop out of the tube. The devotee would then take the stick and consult at the counter for explanation of the meanings hence answering their question.

The architecture of this premise is slightly different compare to many temple I’ve visited. I notice that some columns in this temple is made out of metal and there is something unique about it that I could’t explain here. From observation, the rain water from the roof of the temple is channel to a lotus pond behind the temple. Enviromentally wise.

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The architecture of this premise is slightly different compare to many temple I’ve visited. I notice that some columns in this temple is made out of metal and there is something unique about it that I could’t explain here. From observation, the rain water from the roof of the temple is channel to a lotus pond behind the temple.

Its has a courtyard that is decorated with bonsai and chinese ornaments with well kept grasses. I’ve always like these type of environment.

This temple was establish in 1939 and was founded by the late Dato Kor Thian Peng whom is said to be the foster son of late Johor Sultan. He is also the medium in this temple and is the only medium to be conferred a Datoship in Muar, Johor. There is also a road named after him. A memorial hall is built at the side of the main prayer hall to commemorate his contribution to the community.

A Chinese primary school near the temple was built and operates with contribution from the temple along with the Sultan’s donation. Even the name of the temple SRJKC San Chai is derived from the famous deity here.

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Another premise located nearby is dedicated the worship of Shakyamuni Buddha / Shi Jia Mou Ni Fo / 釋迦牟尼佛. The statue of this deity is huge…probably about one and a half storey high. I would definitely return in future and to pick up an introduction book about their history and contribution which has ran out on this visit.

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