“I carry the kavadi in remembrance of my father”
FRANCIS WOLF – Malaysian – Musician & Hobby shop owner (Interviewed in 2018)
SEVEN YEARS AGO, WOLF ASKED HIS FATHER IF he would carry the chair (used when the kavadi-bearer takes a rest) when he carried the kavadi during Thaipusam, a festival celebrated by the Tamil community. What makes what Wolf does so unique is that he is not even Tamil.
His father, See Kim Leong did yes and offered to be by his side when he carried it. Sadly his father passed away suddenly before they could do it. The following year, Wolf went ahead and carried the kavadi. “We were supposed to do this together. I didn’t get to experience it with my dad but I do it now in honour and remembrance of him” says Wolf.
Seen in the photograph are his cousin, See Siew King and friends, Ruby Subramaniam and Tania Maria Tangit (not pictured) who have accompanied him as he carried the kavadi for the past few years. On the walk from the temple to Batu Caves and up the steps, they are attentive, easing Wolf’s physical burden by massaging his legs and cooling his feet with water among other things.
This is a Malaysian story. People of different races and cultures coming together to help a friend fulfil his wish to honour his father.