JOHOR BARU: Would you pay RM68,000 for a piece of charcoal ('black gold' in Chinese), only to burn it to ashes later?
A businessman was willing to pay this sum in return for showers of divine blessings and the promise of prosperity throughout the year.
Some may dismiss this as foolish superstition. But for the adherents of the Po Doh (salvation) banquet, they are prepared to swear by it.
This is a traditional ritual during the Hungry Ghost Festival when the people are invited to bid for auspicious items at a grand auction, with proceeds going to charity."