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Quarry unites cultures, religions

The annual dedication is carried out at two ?Tokongs? or strategically placed altars; one faced the work site for safety and protection, the other faced the entrance to the quarry for prosperity.
According to local Lafarge operations manager Jeffrey Goh, who led the rituals, prayers and offerings are made twice a month at these ?Tokongs?, usually at the new and full moon.
However, once a year, these rituals are conducted on a far grander scale bringing together the beliefs of different cultures and religions.
The deity inside the Tokong is believed to be Malay and is known as the ?Datuk? who wears a songkok and sarong. The ritual paraphernalia is the same as that used by Buddhists.
There were offerings of yellow rice usually served at auspicious functions (nasi kunyit) and mutton curry, bananas, apples, oranges, soft drinks and Chinese tea and prayer papers – things easily found on Buddhist alters. 
According to Goh, food offered to the Datuk would have to be halal.
No mantras were recited but the staff of different races and religions took turns to light joss sticks and say their own prayers.
Hanson pre-mix manager Sugumaran Kunjiraman was seen paying his respects to the Datuk, lighting joss sticks and bowing in Buddhist style.
According to Goh, this tradition is usually carried out at most quarries and construction sites throughout Malaysia.
Source: CJMY Malaysia

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