Penang’s hometown newspaper the Kwong Wah Yit Poh gave front-page treatment to the phenomenon of an image of the Blessed Virgin Mary sighted on a window of Subang Jaya medical centre, and of the large crowd of Catholic faithful in worship, saying prayers, singing hymns and lighting candles.
AFP reported that several tourist buses added to the congestion, and some had come from as far as Singapore, to see the image on a seventh-floor window. The Star said traffic along the medical centre was heavy yesterday, with many parking their cars by the road side to see the image.
Lydia Gomez of Yahoo News reported that many braved the thunderstorm on Sunday evening and gathered at the first floor of the hospital’s new wing singing hymns, lighting candles and reciting prayers, clutching rosaries, Bibles and even bringing along aged relatives in wheelchairs.
“We believe Mary, mother of God, has a message for us, as she is looking down on us and then at a Malaysian flag. We can also see Jesus and he is also moving, they are not static,” said housewife Eunice Fernandez, 54, who lives nearby.
The Catholic church said it would need to investigate and verify the sightings.
Entrepreneur Jansen De Silva, was among the first few who turned up at the hospital when news of the apparition broke.
“I witnessed a fully formed image resembling Mother Mary on a window located at the 7th floor of this new wing. It was a truly amazing sight as the image was rather visible despite the distance from where I was standing (first floor).”
The Star quoted eyewitnesses, some of whom had been visiting the site for several days, as saying the image had “grown clearer” since Saturday. Some also they could also see an image of an adult Jesus Christ just two windows away from his mother.
“The image was brighter and clearer than yesterday. It is certainly different,” said student Kyle Lim, 21. Several said the colour and position of the image had also changed.
Sheree Rao, 21, a businessman, went up inside to get a close look at the window, said the image was only visible from the outside. “I touched the glass, thinking it could be paint or something else. But there was nothing,” he added. Access to the window from inside the building has been restricted by the hospital.
Kenneth Fong, 27, a teacher, said he was sure of an image on the window. “But whether it’s from God, I don’t know.” A secretary, Janet Tong, 45, described the apparition as amazing. “It is so wonderful that our Mother has come to us in a hospital, where many of the sick are crying out for her help,” she said.
Jansen De Silva, was among the first turned up at the hospital when news of the sighting spread. “I witnessed a fully formed image resembling Mother Mary.It was a truly amazing sight as the image was rather visible despite the distance from where I was standing (first floor).”
Desiree Lewis, 32, had also rushed to the hospital when she got a phone call from her relative informing her of the sighting. “I was in the neighbourhood when I heard about this so I rushed here. I am truly awestruck and in a little bit of a shock. I never thought that Mother Mary would appear here.”
Newlyweds Gabrielle Ann and Kevin Joseph, both 29, also drew attention when they stopped on their way to their wedding party, to view the image, still dressed in wedding attire. Their reception was at the nearby Holiday Villa Hotel.
“I told Kevin that she is here and that we must go and see her,” said Gabrielle, a former nurse at the hospital. Kevin said there was also a clear view from the hotel, which faced the window on which the image appeared.