The Sultan of Johor will be visiting BP on the 15 and 16 May.
By Christina Tan firstname.lastname@example.org
14 May 2012
Johor ruler to meet community and visit 100-year-old temple
BATU PAHAT: Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, is expected to make his first visit to a century-old Chinese temple and to meet the Chinese community here on Wednesday during the Kembara Johor programme.
The annual royal motorcycle tour led by the Sultan is scheduled to arrive in Lim Sz Chong Su at Jalan Fatimah in the morning.
Some 1,000 Chinese community leaders, representatives from 22 Chinese associations and members of public would take the opportunity to meet the Sultan and his royal family members on that day.
Penggaram assemblyman Datuk Koh Chee Chai said Sultan Ibrahim would visit the Tien How temple located next to Lim Sz Chong Su and meet the Chinese people here after visiting Dataran Penggaram.
Tien How temple, one of the oldest temples in Batu Pahat, turned 100 years old on April 13 this year.
The temple became the district’s landmark and is a popular visiting place for locals as well as tourists from Singapore and other parts of the country.
The district’s Lim Clan association chairman Lim Kuai Seng said a shrine was built by the Lim’s ancestors to worship Mazu, the Goddess of sea, after they arrived safe and sound in Batu Pahat by sea.
The shrine was built by the Batu Pahat River, near the wet market, before it was relocated to Jalan Fatimah decades ago.
Batu Pahat MCA division secretary Kang Beng Kuan said the Sultan’s visit to Lim Sz Chong Su was a significant recognisation to the Chinese religion and culture.
“It is first time the Sultan is coming here and we are really proud of it and hope all Chinese community will come together to receive the Royal family and its delegates.
“It shows that the Sultan includes us as part of his Johor family and it is important to us,” he added.
Malaysia Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is expected to flag-off the Kembara Johor at 7am on May 13 at Kulaijaya.
The royal motorcade will tour Kota Tinggi, Mersing, Kluang, Segamat, Ledang, Muar, Batu Pahat, Pontian and Johor Baru.
They are expected to arrive in Batu Pahat district in May 14 to meet the Chinese community in Yong Peng and meet the people in Batu Pahat town and Parit Raja on May 15 and 16.This article has been viewed (164) times