Phor Thor (Hungry Ghost Festival)
Bukit Bendera MP and DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong, noting that the gatherings attract a mix of the old and the middle-aged in the Chinese community, says the party’s elected representatives have turned professional jugglers for the festival.
“Since the Pakatan came into power, invitations to attend dinners have been a year-round affair but it is more of a juggling act during Phor Thor. Attending five dinners in one night is a new phenomenon for us.”
Though Liew thinks the general election will not be held this year, he says all politicians will try their best to make it to the dinners.
“If you can’t make it, you have to send a representative. Otherwise, it could be perceived as bo hor bin (not giving the host ‘face’). At these gatherings, hundreds will show up and many tend to be opinion makers in the communities. So even if I cannot make a personal appearance, I will send a representative,” he says.