A statue of Guan Yu, an ancient Chinese general worshipped by the Hong Kong police, has been ordered removed from the Kwai Chung police station.
The order came from the police superintendent who is threatening to trash it if it’s not taken down, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.
Subordinates consider the order inauspicious and are reluctant to comply.
Guan Yu is a prominent historical figure who became a famous general during the Three Kingdoms period.
Officers worship the statue as a symbol of justice and protection.
The statue has been moved from its usual perch to the pantry where it now faces the wall. Its crescent has fallen off.
A few years ago, a similar incident took place in Pat Heung police station where a Guan Yu statue was also ordered removed.
According to Headline Daily, senior officers want the Kwai Chung statue restored to its original place with the help of a feng shui master.
The police have looked to Guang Yu for good fortune for more than 80 years, according to Offbeat, the police magazine.
It began in 1931 when the Yau Ma Tei Police Crime Investigation Department (CID) started to venerate Guan Yu and pray for blessings.
Some CID rooms in some police stations are dedicated to Guan Yu.
However, in some places, the practice is waning. The police headquarters in Wan Chai has no Guan Yu statue at all, Headline Daily reports.
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