Compiled by C. ARUNO, FAZLEENA AZIZ and R. ARAVINTHAN
THE two stone lions standing in front of the Temple of the Goddess of Mercy in George Town were vandalized, prompting the temple committee to reconsider a fence, China Press reported.
According to Vice President Chen Guo Cai, the temple submitted plans for a fence to the Penang Island City Council a few years ago, but has yet to receive a response from them.
According to Chen, the two lions’ right ears were broken off, which he suspects were the work of vandals.
He said that since the temple is a heritage site, they are not allowed to install additional structures without prior approval.
“We have applied for the construction of a motorized fence but have not yet received approval.
“Judging from our old photos, we can see that the temple had fences,” he said, expressing hope that the request would be approved to prevent such an incident from happening again.
Kuan Yin Temple was built in 1728, making it the oldest Taoist temple in Penang.
> Mandarins are expected to cost 30% more this year due to a sharp increase in logistics costs, according to the Kuala Lumpur Fruits Wholesalers Association.
China Press reported that its chairman Nyuk Moy Chin said the shipping cost was between US $ 1,500 and 1,700 (RM 6,300 and 7,140) per container.
However, the cost has more than doubled this year to between 3,500 and 4,000 US dollars (14,700 RM and 16,800 RM) due to the pandemic, she said.
In addition, many shipments were stranded at ports, forcing companies to pay extra for “express service” just to run out of stock, she added.
“As such, the wholesale price of (a box of 28 medium-sized mandarins) has gone from RM20 to RM25,” Chin said.
However, she said fruit sellers were unlikely to pass all of the increased costs on to consumers as it would deter them from buying, instead preferring to reduce their profit margins this year.
Chin added that the sale of mandarins would typically not resume until two weeks before the Chinese New Year, and it was unclear whether they would sell well at this time.
The above articles are compiled from the vernacular newspapers (Bahasa Malay, Chinese and Tamil dailies). Thus, the stories are grouped according to the respective language / medium. When a paragraph begins with a>, it indicates a separate piece of news.