Author: Jo Chua (203.106.198.---)
Date: 11-25-04 10:50
Thank you Leslie.
Also, the statue of Zheng He which was placed in the temple is in the open courtyard and is not placed there for worship purposes. The altars in Bao Shan Ting are in the centre bay, Tua Pek Kong, on the left a tablet given by the people of Malacca to thank Kapitan China Chua, and on the right, Ma Zhu.
The Association which bought it placed it there thinking that it was a Zheng He/San Bao Temple. They should remove it now that it's obvious it is not. This small statue is a free gift for the purchase of the larger one which is now in the State museum overlooking the Malacca River and there is an adjoining Zheng He Gallery.
The reason the statue should be removed is because Zheng He is a Muslim and the offering at the temple are not halal. The mistake of calling it a Zheng He temple will never be corrected and the Chinese nationals (including China's presidents and Premiers) are tricked into going to this temple thinking that it is a Zheng He Temple. It is, needless to say, very embarassing to explain that it is not.