The Elevator To Success

By Paul Chong         A Chinese by Descent . . . An Australian by Consent

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

To me, success is the progressive realisation of a worthy ideal & not necessary in monetary sense. The want of money is never ending & often leads on to greed & all kinds of devious means of enrichment. Najib, the recently dethroned prime minister of Malaysia, has been making headlines all for the wrong reasons.For him the vocabulary “kleptocracy” has become to be popularly used. It’s working hard & smart to climb the elevator of success that matters.

DEAR FRIENDS & GENTLE PEOPLE. THOUGHT OF THE DAY: The harder you work, the luckier you get . . . and the smarter you work the quicker is your success.The elevator to success is out of order, there will not be a short cut. You will have to use the stairs – one step at a time. The higher you want to climb the more intelligent effort you must willingly apply.

The key to your success is working hard & smart.

Make sure your goal is your worthy ideal.

Making money is not the be all & end all of your existence.

You may want to excel in music like the famous pianist Lang Lang of China. Then read about how he made it. By no means an easy road to where he is today.

Your ideal may be different & so you tread a different path. The crux of the matter is you will & must persistently apply ever lasting effort.

The road to success may be just around the corner, but you can’t see it till you are there. Should you relinquish before the end, you will fail.

Realise too that there is only a thin line that separates success from failure – that line is the lack of ever lasting effort.

Those who attained success through foul means never last & ultimately will meet with a great fall. Do you remember the famous “Flo-Jo” the American track queen from the 1980 Soeul Olympics? She died early of an unexplained mysterious death. It’s believed that her success was due to drugs.

All’s Well, Ends Well.

Do the right things & live by it.

“The heights by great men reached and kept were not attained by sudden flight, but they, while their companions slept, were toiling upward in the night.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Nothing is ever achieved without hard & SMART work . . . a verified truism that cannot be gainsaid.

New Journey to the West

 


Introducing our granddaughter Stephanie Chong who at a tender age of 10 writes with the skill far beyond her age. She reads voluminously, plays the piano, smart & most creative.

New Journey To The West
Singapore International School (Hong Kong), Chong, Stephanie – 10

Life is so boring here, “Sun Wukong grumbled as he lay sprawled on the ground, scratching his furry belly, “can’t we do something other than sitting here all day?” he pleaded with Xuanzhang who promptly shot the monkey a stern look that made him bolt upright.

“Well, what would you suggest?” Xuanzhang sagely replied. In response, Sun Wukong grunted & slumped back down, “I miss the old days,” he thought wistfully. At that moment there was a curt knock on the door. Hastily, Sun Wukong scrumbled to his feet. Maybe whoever was knocking at the door has something interesting to share, something more interesting than sitting on the tiled floor of the temple . . .

Outside he found one of the dutiful servants of the King of Heaven. “His majesty would like to inform you that your next mission is to help the citizens of Hong Kong.”

Their visitor then went on to describe the dire situation facing those people in the city who were forced to reside in cramped subdivided flats, and that the monk & his disciples were tasked to find a way to help them. Instantly, Sun Wukong bounded out of the temple & on the way to find the rest of their troop.

Sha Wujing stood bewildered, his mouth hanging open as Sun Wukong leapt around him in excitement, waving his staff wildly.

“Come on! We have a new mission,” he exclaimed with a screech.

Nearby Zhu Bajie, the greedy pig, was blissfully stuffing food from the alter into mouth as fast as humanly possible, taking no notice of the commotion that was going on around him. Before either of t5hem could protest, Su Wukong grabbed both of them & grabbed them out towards XuanZhang who was perched atop a waiuting cloud.

Soon after, the four were descending towards the sprawling metropolis of Hong Kong. Gently the cloud carried them through the window of a crumbling apartment building. What they saw bamboozled them. This sparsely-furnished room that felt no bigger than a postage stamp 2as surely too small to be somebody’s living quarters. just then the door opened & a skinny girl dresed in a school uniform. When she caught sight of the four she stopped dead in her tracks.

“Who are you?” she stammered, confused. Xuanzhang smiled awkwardly before introducing himself & his posse.
“I’m Alice, the girl whispered.
“Why are you living in this awful place?” Sun Wukong blurted out as Sha Wujing elbowed him in the ribs.
“At least this one has a bathroom” she replied. “My family & I are being kicked out next week because we can’t pay our rent!” she whispered & wiped away her tears before adding, “We’ll have to live on the streets!”

At once they sprung up to life & Zhu Bajie exclaimed. “Don’t6 despair! It is our honour to help you!” Alice gasped in wonder as one by one they climbed the wispy cloud & were soon whisked off to Government House.

“We do have one possible solution,” Carrie Lam stated. The four soon learnt from her that, rather bizarrely, houses could be made out of those funny big metal boxes they’d see piled high on gargantuan ships as they passed over the South China Sea. And the best part was that they took up so little space. What6 an ingenious idea! Furthermore, the Government of the Netherlands has agreed to provide them for free, but on the one condition that Hong Kong could show evidence that they possessed sufficient land. Fortunately Sha Wujing recalled spotting a seemingly deserted island not far from Hong Kong. There was only one thing for it! The four clambered atop their cloud again eager to depart for Amsterdam.

Much to their delight, the gang soon glimpsed the mysterious island. But was it claimed? As they descended to have a closer look, they were rudely greeted by a rotund man who shook his fist & then proceeded to hurl rocks at them. “This is my island & you’re trespassing!” he bellowed as he leaned against a rusty faded sign declaring “Property of HKSAR Government” to catch his breath.

“We’ll see about!” Sun Wukong muttered under his breath to his friends as they took off back to the clear blue sky.

After a long & arduous journey, they finally arrived at the city of canals & bicycles. Upon hearing of their fantastic plans, the Government agreed at once to provide the valueable containers. The clouds above them changed from wispy to round & puffy & came to form one big cloud. They loaded the containers on & Xaunzhang expertly wound miles of rope to secure them. Proudly, they climbed on top ready to return to Hong Kong

“Homeward bound!” Zhu Bajie snorted. The clouds seemed to huff & puff as they retraced their journey. They travelled day & night with no rest with the exception of Zhu Bajie who collapsed against an annoyed Sun Wukong, drooling & wnorting loudly.. After three days they finally reached their destination!

“Drop the containers!” cSun Wukong boldly commanded. They seemed to rain down like a meteor shower & amazed citizens young & old pressed their noses to their windows to see what was going on. The containers plunked down onto the sandy shore of the island, & best of all, the greedy little man! At the sight of this, Sun Wukong cheered. He certainly gotten what he deserved. As it by magic, all the televisions in Hong Kong cracked to life. Even before Carrie Lam could finish proudly declaring that those in subdivided flats had been gifted with new bigger & better accommodation, cheers & whoops could be heard across the territory. A stampede of grateful families outside ahd, one by one, the container houses were rightfully claimed. In the crowd Sun Wukong spotted Alice& her family weeping tears o joy. He grinned to himself, glad to have made a difference to their lives of those less well-off.

AUSTRALIA – Towards the Year 2000 and Beyond

By Paul Chong      A Chinese by Descent . . . An Australian by Consent

I penned this article in 1990 published in my little book entitled “How to Have Motivation Unlimited. Interestingly, much of what I wrote came true. Here’s the full text:

Australia, the world “down under” has often been referred to as The Lucky Country. In a recent survey conducted by the Travel and Business Newsletter “International Living”, Australia rates number one when it comes to climate & recreation, literacy & personal freedom, & fifth best placed in the world to live after the US, Switzerland, Canada & Sweden, in that order. For climate & recreation, Australia rates a perfect 100, along with France, Italy & the US. In terms of political & civil freedom, Australia is one, out of the perfect 100. Economically however, out of the 167 nations surveyed, Australia is not so healthy & finishes down the list agt number 32 with a 34.21 score.

This economic rating does not stand to reason. Australia was the richest country in the world in 1885 & 1900, but after more than 50 years it was overtaken & replaced by the US & Canada. Since then we have continued our economic slip & further down the ladder.

It is likely that the neighbouring asian countries like Singapore will overtake us within the foreseeable future. As it is, we are third behind Brunei & Japan in per capital wealth, & that is after being the rich man of Aia for so very long. Such economic ills have prompted Mr Paul Keating, the Federal Treasurer, to come out with the term ”Banana Republic”. Paul Keating

Whatever you call Australia, it is undoubtedly a great land with tremendous potential. We are richly endowed with iron, coal, gold, natural gas,
among others, Such endowment is comparatively & more abundantly than any other country globally. But abundant resources alone will notensure the well being of the country. The strength of the nation rests essentially with the make of the people. It takes the right kind of peopleto make the economy work
Evidently, the development of human resources is of paramount importance to the growth & progress of the nation.

Now, more than ever,is rge time for us to re-think & RE-EXAMINE OUR FEELING resulting in our action in relation to our life & future of our nation. WE CANNOT GROW BY THINKING DOWN. Only progressive thinking makes way for growth & progress.The develpoment of human resources must take on the positive aspects of our thinking. Very fundament, revolutionary and large-scale radical reforms must be incorporated into our education system at all levels,from the first day in school to the last day at university. The objective directed towards motivating people to show a personal responsibility and individual initiative in raising the standards in all fields of human endeavour.

Being an Australian must mean the realisation total involvement in the spirit of free enterprise and enjoying facing the challenge of that GREAT TOMORROW more than the complacency of yesterdy. The nation needs to call a different tune and inculcate the nation of survival of the fittest.

Everyone, irrespective of color, class or creed, is important in the task ahead. Whatever future awaits Australia awaits each and everyone of us,the Aborigines and the Asians, and the reverse is also true. The Asians who have come here in search of greener pasture are totally committed to the GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM.

We must think,and think right. When the famous doctor, Albert Schweitzer, was once asked: ‘What’s wrong with man today?’ he merely replied seriously: “MAN SIMPLY DON’T THINK.’

This reminds me of a story…

A preacher was once caught with constant interruptions by his little boy who kept coming to him in his study with questions and answers. He was busy preparing his sermon for the next day and could hardly be disturbed. In order to gain time he gave the pieces of a jigsaw puzzle depicting the countries of the world. ‘That should keep him quiet for a while,’ he mused. To his surprise, his little boy soon solved the puzzle. ‘Smart little fellow you are. How did you do that?’ His little boy quite simply replied: ‘The puzzle of the world map is too difficult for me. But on the reverse side is picture of a man, and that’s easy enough for me to piece together. So when I pieced the man together, the world map was fixed.’

By the same token, THERE’S NOTHING WRONG WITH AUSTRALIA. MUCH THAT HAS GONE WRONG LIES WITH THE PEOPLES: THE POLITICIANS, THE TRADE UNIONISTS AND THE WORKERS UNDER THEIR CHARGE. SET THESE PEOPLES RIGHT THEN THE ECONOMY WILL BE RIGHT AND AUSTRALIA WILL PROSPER!

How easy it is to blame the world at large! How very easy it is to point your finger at others.

REMEMBER THAT EACH TIME YOU POINT ONE FINGER AT OTHERS, THREE OTHER FINGERS ARE POINTING DIRECTLY AT YOUR OWN SELF!

Australia is the latest pioneering outpost and probably the last and greatest frontier in man’s journey away from provincialism. The coming and going of the Bicentennial should spell greater hope, dreams and aspirations for one and all who are totally committed to zeal and enthusiasm, strength and tenacity and courage. We cannot to say ‘SHE’LL BE RIGHT, MATE,’and then take things easy. Malcolm Fraser, a former prime minter, once said: ‘Life wasn’t meant to be easy.’

Australia, for all its past glories,must be judged on the basis of its potential and the way that the people will respond to the tremendous challenge ahead. It takes each and everyone of us to create peace, harmony and prosperity.

Someone coined these beautiful mnemonics for the word

AUSTRALIA

A   A
U  United
S   Society
T   Transmitting
R   Righteousness

A   And
L   Love

I    In
A   Action

Whatever the circumstances, if we pull together :
WE SHALL PREVAIL.
UNITED WE STAND,
ASUNDER WE FALL.

In achieving the GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM , this nation needs to appraise, accept and adopt the many different cultures, skills and talents that the Australian immigrants have to offer for the enrichment and advancement of this immigrant nation. Whether white or black, yellow or brown, we deeply need one another if we are really to become a strong nation, and to achieve our identity, our maturity as men and women.

As mentioned, Australia has a great reputation in the world as one of the best places to live. As such, it has a tremendous attraction for immigrants. The world is at our feet and we can afford to be selective and reap just the cream from any country. Apart from qualitative selection, the immigrant program can be stepped up quantitatively without detriment, irrespective of colour or creed.

WE CAN HAVE THE BEST OF WHAT THE WORLD CAN OFFER BOTH QUALITATIVELY AND QUANTITATIVELY.

A unique AUSTRALIAN CULTURE can then evolve through the blending and mixing of the many different cosmopolitan cultures present in our midst. Together we can lead the way and show this troubled world what true peace and harmony is all about. We can make this a better world to live in for all future generations in the year 2000 and beyond. This could be our GREAT AUSTRALIAN DREAM.

Epilogue
Australia could have been an Asian country geographically being largely surrounded by Asian neighbours. With the rise of China as a great economic power with a teeming population of 1.4 billion population, it makes sense for Australia to draw closer to China. By shifting its focus towards China bountiful harvest will be our advantage.

It’s wise to jump off sinking ships & get on board the floating vessels. The greatness of the West is waning while China & other neighbouring Asian countries are economically shining in glory.

 

Living Harmoniously

By Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent   An Australian by Consent

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Human beings are by nature gregarious, mixing freely wherever & whatever their colour, class or creed. Our behaviour is dictated by our natural feeling. I surmise that it is through external intervention or interference that made us deviate from the norm.

It’s a crazy world we live in today. Everything is turned topsy turvy, upside down & downside up. Nothing is normal or as nature designed it. The human mind is the devil’s workshop subject to the negative influence of other people . . . likened to sheep being led astray or in the right direction depending on its shepherd/leader. The power of indoctrination & propaganda is strong & irresistible. It can upset & destroyed a whole nation without firing a single shot.

It is God’s plan that we should come together & live in peace & harmony. As in 1 Peter 3:8, it says: “Finally, all of you, live in harmony with one another.” If different instruments can be assembled together in the orchestra got produce beautiful music, under the baton of a good & professional conductor. Same musical piece can differ greatly depending upon the calibre of the conductor.

It’s laughable to think that God created things as one unit, but man in his ingenuity & utter justification divide & sub-divide one unit into many causing further aggravation & problems, e.g. the question of marriage & divorce. As a consequence, offspring suffer.

Religiously, Jesus founded but one Church, but today there are as many churches as there people with the Romanm Catholics claiming to be the only true church. The pope herein is the be all & end all of being the earthly supreme. There was a historical time when pope went to wars with sword on one hand & the bible with the other.

Likewise, Prophet Mohammed fought many a war with his right hand holding the the sword& his left holding the Koran. Today, they are fighting among themselves – one religious against another. The first centuries of Islam gave rise to three major sects: Sunnis, Shi’as and Kharijites. … For instance, Sunnis are separated into four schools of jurisprudence, namely, Hanafi, Maliki, Shafi’i, Hanbali. Shi’a, on the other hand, is divided into three major sects known as Fivers, Seveners and Twelvers.

In the political arena, the West claim themselves to have the superior political system, breeding in turn democracy, meritocracy, kleptocracy . . . with chaos reigning within as well as without. “Divide & rule” is the policy & practice, rightly or wrongly you see chaos everywhere. Discipline & order demand control, for extreme freedom breeds nothing but problems. As can be seen in Malaysia, polarisation sets about marginalisation, prohibition, discrimination, apartheid & segregation . . . all on the basis of rationalisation & justification.

Traditionary, we know of that famous saying: “Spare the rod & spoil the child”. Its truth cannot be gainsaid. The West would claim any such practices as authoritarian, condemning it & interfere with their weapons of mass destruction. Iraq & Libya were such victims. Obey or face the wrath.

President Xi Jinping of China & US President Donald Trump

Today conflicts exist between America’s “Trumpology” & China’s “Xiplomacy”. The question is who will ultimately triumph. The fight is on!

Parents Be Cautious When Giving Away Money Too Early

A MUST READ FOR ALL SENIORS

By Paul Chong
25 June 2018

IMPORTANT LESSON TO BE LEARNT . . . A REAL  LIFE  STORY WITH STRONG MORAL LESSON . . . NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN!

The story has just been related to us by my sister-in-law. Thought I’ll relate the story while it is still fresh in my mind for the benefits of all concerned.

The story happened in Australia & it was with tears & heart ache that the victim told his story. He has been a successful doctor in private practice. Now retired at an ripe old age of 82, impoverished, morally deprived of love & fortune by an ungrateful son whom he loved dearly. When the son wanted to build a nice big house for his own family, the doctor father funded him & provided most of the outlay towards the project.

As the story goes. After spending some happy years living together, the son said to the father: “Dad, I am going to sell the property. You have to find a place to live & move out.”

The doctor was totally taken aback & refused to abide by such a harsh decision. His heart was shredded into a billion pieces when he received an eviction notice from his son’s lawyer.

In his desperation, fortunately the doctor’s daughter came to his rescue, buying a small retirement home for the poor old man to settle there. . .

Poor old man was looking in his twilight years to a life of leisure & pleasure. It’s absolutely sad & unbelievable. The whole world has gone topsy turvy. The once successful doctor can only hope but live in distress of mind, body & soul. There are more takers than givers in the world of mankind. Be wary about giving all that you have TOO SOON!

China’s Standing Supreme!!


By Paul Chong
Thursday 21 June 2018

“Zhongguo(ren) zhan qi lai le”

It’s a turbulent world we live in . . . revolutionary transformation is taking place, We now see the awakening dragon which was feared & avoided by Napoleon in his conquering days!

Henry Kissinger once said something to this effect: whoever controls petroleum shall control the other countries; whoever controls food supplies shall control mankind; whoever controls the distribution of money shall rule the world. No one country can manage without petroleum, but not every country has petroleum resources.

The above amazing commercial opportunities led US to lay down ground rules for Saudi and other major petroleum exporting countries to trade all petroleum in USD. Therefore any country who intended to import petroleum must convert their currency to USD to complete the deal. The petroleum exporting countries must receive the sale proceeds in USD, otherwise they might face serious repercussions. Obviously, US benefits much from such basis of world petroleum trade & in so doing established USD as the reserved currency.

Who would dare to defy US with all its great weapons of mass destruction, fighter bombers, cannons & its greatest war arsenal of all military weapons. The fate that Iraq & Libya suffered is what would happen to others in similar situations. Remember Saddam Hussein & Gaddafi? Both perished under the might of the Americans with blood spilling over the desert sand.

An interesting & perplexing question arises . . . US demands total denuclearisation of Iran & the current DPRK (North Korea), what about its own self?

Similar harsh measures would even befall upon staunch American allies in Europe. For instance, when the highly revered German Chancellor Angela Merkel just said Euro could be more appropriate for petroleum trading, the Americans immediately acted to precipitate the Greek debt crises, thereby causesing a big mess in European Union and almost resulted in the break-up. Merkel retreated in anguish and dared not raise such issue again.

With reference to the above charts, it can well be seen that China is standing tall & supreme economically. As China rises & globalisation progresses, US is lagging further & further behind. The question today is who is rebalancing whom?

Present Scenario:
*China is in a strong position to stand up to US on the level playing field. “Xiplomacy” does not require China togo to war or to destabilise target countries, causing suffering & destruction & intruding into others’ sovereignty. It’s all a question of “Xiplomacy” versus “Trumpinglogy”!

*While in the past no nation in the world would dare to offend the US, China did and succeeded. In 2014, the Russians made the first move to trade petroleum with China using Renminbi (RMB). That was astounding. Subsequently Iran and Iraq follow suit. Later Venezuela also discarded USD and traded their petroleum with China in RMB. With these major petroleum exporting nations trading in RMB, two-third of China’s import of petroleum were secured in RMB, thus US started to lose its benefits had these trading been done in USD.

*Now the worst scenario for US is that Saudi Arabia, the largest oil producer in the world,the big brother in the Middle East, is also switching to trade with China in Renminbi (RMB) – an absolute big blow to US.

*In order to crack the monopoly of trading using USD, China initiated further actions. Any country which accepted RMB for the sale of petroleum would be permitted to swapped the RMB for gold in the Shanghai bullion market. This move enables RMB to become more internationalized. The US become more alarmed. Now that petroleum, RMB, and gold are interchangeable, it means the confidence in RMB is linked to confidence in gold. This would hasten in establishing RMB as the reserved currency eroding the value of USD. Who would not be drawn closer to China being such a huge market.

*It would have been suicidal to offend the Americans in the past. But China today differed greatly from China of yesterday, 20 years of bitter endurance & intimidation, China has grown from strength to strength. The US today isn’t the same as the past US. 20 years of friction and wars had left a huge deficit in its coffer, and waned off its warring spirit.

*These countries which chose to use RMB to trade, be it the newly awakened Russia, US arch rivals Iran, Venezuela or the battered Iraq, were all ever ready to stand up to say no to US. Moreover what added to their resolve was that they are cooperating with China which has been well recognized as one country which could stand tall viv-a-vis the US.

On the other hand, the US had fought in many wars over the years, depleting its reserves and piling up astronomical national debt. In view of shortage of fund there were incidences of government shutdown. Under Trump’s administration, there were measures to down-size US global operations to avert worsening of its economic health. Now that monopoly of USD in trading has been foiled and US were well exasperated. But any show of force with China by the downcast war-monger is not the best option.

That was the reason that the US had in recent years laid shackles on China, such as threatening China in South China seas. That was one way for the US to let go its choked up air. The past dominance and overriding superiority is a thing of the past. That’s why one US analyst sighed: 20 years ago, US let China off the hook, now China has turned the table. But who would know, China’s growing power today was attained through how much of sweat, blood and tears! That was a whole century of unforgettable humiliation not just by one country but a multiple of western nations including the Japanese!

The present trade war with China by imposing $50 billion on Chinese imports shows US desperation attempting to make itself “great again”. In the final analysis, who stands to gain. Besides is not standing still but China is retaliating strongly by imposing similar tariffs on American produce.

In the past:
*US bombed the Chinese embassy (1999
Belgrade), the Chinese kept their cool.

*US navy air-craft collided with Chinese fighter
jet (2001, Hainan) China exercised patience.

*In 1996 Taiwan Straits crisis, US shut down
GPS, immobilizing two Chinese war vessels
in the Taiwan Straits, China still held its
patience.

*US warships with the support of British & French warships are intruding into the disputed areas of the South China Sea – no doubt just to provoke China.

As of now, situations in South China Sea have become clearer. Vietnam’s claim was repulsed and the anti-Chinese ex-president in Philippines was force to resign, now awaiting trial. The present president Rodrigo Duterte is leaning closer to China.

The arbitrators appointed by the US to manage the South China Sea disputes were unsuccessful. The Japanese also fumbled in their claims. Now the routine patrol of Diaoyu Islands is done by the Chinese. In addition, Chinese naval frigates and jets are often seen to traverse between the Japanese islands, drawing repeated protests from the Japanese. The Chinese officials said defiantly: they will get use to the trespassing in due course!!  And regarding the islet which the Indonesians had landed, the Chinese scientists announced they discovered an endangered plant in the vicinity and cordoned off an area more than 10 km radius as protected land. When the netizens read the news, they said that plant was there to uphold China’s national honour.

Now, the Chinese telescope called Tianyan is the world’s most advanced radio telescope. For mankind to hear the voices of the universe, the world got to depend upon China.

Now Huawei smartphone has begun to rise in popularity, and Samsung status has dropped and has tendency to explode. Plane passengers with certain series of Samsung smartphones were even not allowed to board. Apple 8 launch appeared to receive declining response.

Now, China has fully activated OROB (One Road One Belt), better known as BRI (Belt & Road Initiative 一带一路) thus widening its global markets without interference by the US. In so doing China is extending its win-win policy of economic growth & progress to all participating countries globally.

The spectacular Chang-an cargo train could haul about 200 coaches and reduced the time for cargo transport from China to Europe. Wherever it passed the crowds were greatly amazed and referred it as the Chinese great dragon.

Now online payment has become widespread so much so that roadside hawkers selling roasted potatoes could also accept online payment. Numerous westerners who lived in China felt greatly inconvenient when they returned to their home countries. They expressed that China is the cashless society and their home countries have lagged behind. Going home appears to get into another era.

Now China’s super fighter jet Chengdu J20 has been commissioned. To counter the US Stealth fighter jets, China has the Redflag series-9 Aerial Defence Missiles. Now US fighter jets would not dare to trespass China’s air space.

Now the Chinese nuclear submarines equipped with special high-tech have been fully upgraded. China’s very own aircraft carriers were successively commissioned.

Now China has also developed counter arsenals to thwart the American aircraft carriers. Those are Dongfeng 21D anti-ship ballistic missiles. These missiles could easily knock out the US aircraft carriers. When this news was announced, the US aircraft carriers line of defense retreated 400 Km.

Today, China has its own new early warning aircrafts, a new type of strategic bombers, and Xian Y-20 large transport aircrafts. Now China’s military helicopters and heavy-duty helicopters are constantly being commissioned. These are Z-10, Z-19, Z-20 and others, dazzling to the sight.

This is the speed of China! This is China’s national defense.

Over the last hundred years, China experienced humiliation and suffering through the Opium War, the Eight-Power Allied Forces and the Anti-Japanese War.

In the last hundred years, the Chinese took great pains and made relentless efforts to make nuclear bombs, build planes, build tanks and whatever the enemies have. China also made new gadgets that the enemies didn’t have.
Finally, China spent 60 years to catch up with what the West achieved over the past 200 years! China had used the blood, sweat and tears of numerous ancestors in exchange for today’s success!

When China suddenly raised its “heavenly sword” to put a stop to US’s dollar hegemony, the United States suddenly found that the rapid rise of China is now beyond its control!, They have been unable to stop China’s vigorous pace.

Now as China is marching doggedly forward despite torrents of resistance, achieving one breakthrough after another, it is hope that every Chinese will strive hard to keep the glorious flame of the Chinese race ever brighter. While it is said that China achieved miracles, one may just as well say China is a miracle.

Magnificently and Toweringly, China is taking the lead in AI (Artificial Intelligence). It is a fast changing world we live in. If as in the Grand Prix race, your vehicle stalled, others would race ahead & take the winner’s trophy.
As the sun rises in the East, the setting sun in the West would be a permanent feature. Remembering too that a wounded tiger is more ferocious & dangerous than would a well fed & contented tiger.

When China rules the world in contrast to the Western world, it will be a world of peace & prosperity, harmony & happiness . . . a world entirely different from the present with all the mess of destruction created by the West.

Xi Jinping, President of China, has now been elevated & elected to serve for life in his term of office, all policies & programs would have a definite continuity & completion & Xiplomacy would reign forever more.

 

 

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An Octogenarian’s Look At Malaysia


By Paul Chong
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent
Thursday, 14 June 2018                              Malaysia – A Multi-Cultural Nation

Life is full of surprises. You only have to look at Malaysia’s Tun Dr Mahathir who at the age of 92 having led his party to an unbelievable victory on 9 May 2018 became the oldest prime minister in the world. This is an honour & privilege that few will ever attain.

This exceptional episode, perhaps never ever to be repeated anywhere else, has given rise to rethink about life’s perspectives. Evidently life does not cease at the retirement age of 55 or 65. There is a whole new life ahead. The glory of the sunset oftentimes is more glorious & magnificent than the morning sunrise.

The question of youthfulness, health & fitness also come to mind. Looking at Tun Dr Mahathir, still as witty as ever & spontaneous in his response when interviewed, people wonder if it is youth hormone (as rumoured), diet or vitamins that keep him so young & strong. Speculations aside, I believe it’s the natural 3Es (Enthusiasm, Excitement & Emotion) that act as vitamins & spell the miracle. You may well know that Tun Dr Mahathir holds the honour & distinction of having served as prime minister of Malaysia for a historic 22 years (1981 – 2003).

Shakespeare says: “Some men are born great, others achieve greatness, & still others have greatness thrust upon them.” You can, nevertheless, draw courage & inspiration from the lives of great men. To take on the task of managing a country bogged down in extreme corruption & financial disaster of a political quagmire, certainly calls for courage beyond human spirit. For a lesser man this road would not have been ventured.

Quo vadis? From this point on where would Malaysia be? Would racial harmony, fairness & justice rightly return? Would discrimination, polarisation & marginalisation persist? Election promises are often mere political rhetoric – verbal convention loses out to actual implementation & action.

Looking far into the horizon, is there any absolute guarantee? For as long as there’s squabble over trivial matter, materialistically or spiritually, underlying problems would not go away. For the next two years during which Tun Dr Mahathir would serve, things may go well & improve. The good doctor would know how to prescribe good medicine.

People all over the world want the same things in life. Deprivation of equal opportunities, discrimination, marginalisation, polarisation would inevitably give rise to discontent & social unrest.

Malaysia is a beautiful country, a land I always like to refer to as the Golden Chersonese. At least it was until Najib & his cohorts ruined it all.

The phrase: “It’s not the years in our life but our life in our years” which resonates the qualitative & quantitative aspects of life. It’s no good for a year or two – good life must be for always. Let’s hope there’s light at the end of the tunnel. With God’s grace & mercy, life for all in Malaysia would be as bright as ever for a multi-cultural nation.

Life’s Contentment & Happiness

By Paul Chong
(Friday, 8 June 2018)

Now that I am young no more, my day is drawing near at Heaven’s door.
I should know my body better than anyone else, with physical limitations & incapabilities as well.

My eyes dim, my walk weak with a back pain that made me weep.
No longer can I run around, even without a car for fun!

With God’s grace & mercy, I am as well as can be.

Material things no longer my ears ring, as I sit & stand content & happy to God I sing.

Malaysia’s Monarchy and Politics

Tun Dr Mahathir, New Prime Minister of Malaysia – Second time
around with changes in mind & advocating the Rule of Law

Malaysia’s Monarchy and Politics
By Paul Chong Tuesday, 5 June 2018
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent

Without prejudice & with due respect, speaking as a former Malaysian citizen, the Malaysian Monarchy is outdated & archaic. It serves no purpose whatsoever costing the rakyat heftily in finacial support. The Agong & the Sultans (state royalties) exist mainly serving as figure heads & ceremonial purposes. The seeming interference of the Malaysian Royal families in the politics of Malaysia lately has given rise to public outcry. Perhaps, it is timely & meritoriously to review & revamp Malaysia’s political setup & the question of the monarchy. In a small country like Malaysia we have more figure heads than any other country in the world. Suffice to have just the Menteri Besar administering each state. Constitutionally, the Agong could be replaced by an elected Head of State or President. All state royalties could be retired once & for all.

The question of loyalty to which royalty arises, giving rise to division & polarisation. In all sensibility, whatever the sentiment, different royalties set to divide & rule the rakyat, for they only represent the Malays, Bumiputras & the Islamic aspects of life.

It is a well known fact that Malaysia is a multi-racial society with a sizeable number of Chinese, Indians and a lesser lot of others. In all fairness & justice, is it right to marginalise them in terms of rights, special privileges, education, job opportunities, business contracts, civil service – can’t believe how long the list is!

The crux of the matter is where in the world would you find such a practice . . . not in US, Britain, Canada, Europe or China. Everyone is equally treated, no privileges or special preferences. To neglect & discriminate the rakyat one from the other reflects the glaring practice of the once infamous Apartheid in South Africa.

Incidentally, are such sensitive issues like Malay special privileges & rights enshrined in the Constitution? I know there are provisions for religious freedom.

The term “Bumiputra” (meaning son of the soil) was politically motivated, only restricted for use with the Malays. The true bumiputras are the aborigines in the Malaysian jungle whose lifestyle & status  remain unchanged. Originally, Malays are all immigrants from Indonesia, Arabic countries & even India. It’s been proven archaeologically that the Malays were not the first to land on Malayan soil. The term should be eradicated or if still in use to include everyone born & bred in Malaysia. That would be “politically correct” for the rebirth of a true democratic nation. The rakyat would then think & act as one Malaysian. Who should “Balik Kampong” otherwise becomes a great national dilemma.

Towards this end can you then achieve a true unified nation & do away with race-based politics. Democracy means greatly meritocracy irrespective of race, colour or creed. Malaysia should strive to “Be a Star . . . Forget the Scar”.

The rakyat must learn to hold in high esteem the value of pride & dignity; to learn to fish & live for life rather than to be given a fish & living for the day only. John F Kennedy in his inaugural address called upon the nation with his most famous words:

“ASK NOT WHAT YOUR COUNTRY CAN DO FOR YOU – ASK WHAT YOU CAN DO FOR YOUR COUNTRY”

Penang, Malacca, Sabah & Sarawak have no monarchy. Uniformity should prevail over the new nation – a land I like to refer to as the Golden Chersonese, where there exist no discrimination, differences & discrepancies. Cohesivenes & inclusiveness are important to ensure political stability, peace & harmony.

If I maybe allowed to say that the word “Agong” in Hokkien bears a negative connotation.

Living In Australia

 

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Paul Chong                                                                   Thursday, 14 December 2017

 

In a word, living in Australia is great . . . “a lucky country” in the downunder world, geographically speaking that is. Everything else is top of the world . . . rich in natural resources, largest continental island in the world, beautiful weather with sun, surf & sand for fun lovers, good first class education, opportunities for one & all in a truly cosmopolitan nation. Most importantly, fairness is practised in true meritocratic way.

I am a Chinese by descent . . . an Australian by consent. My family & I have been in Perth, Western Australia since 1982, that is more than quarter of my life. It is indeed a fortunate life with my three offsprings all acquiring tertiary education from a PhD holder, a specialist medical doctor to a civil engineer.

Though born & bred in Malaysia, I could never consider myself a Malaysian because of the non meritocratic system of extreme corrupt government since independence from British colonial rule. Every non Malay race is marginalised in all aspects of human endeavour & life. Needless for me to go into any detail of the ongoing unfairness & injustice upon looking back & looking in from outside. There’s no meritocracy but sheer  “democrazy”. Brain drain from the country is no surprise. What’s Malaysia’s loss is gain to countries like Singapore, Australia, US, UK & Canada.

Everyone wants & deserves a good life, but not to expect & demand on hand-outs, for that would be tantamounting to living on your knees rather than dying on your feet. You’ve got to work, not only working hard but working smart as well. Work is God’s design for our natural living.

In Australia the aged are well taken of. Medical care can be said to be par excellence. All possible help are extended to make life of the aged comfortable & safe. Under the scheme known as Home & Community Care (HACC), there are organisations offering facilities to take good care of you, especially as the song goes “When you grow too old to dream, you’d have them to remember”.

Really, old people can keep on living in their own home, best place to be, rather than to scale down moving to units or aged homes, unless it is absolutely necessary. If you are living alone, Red Cross provides visitor service whereby a visitor would come by on a regular basis to keep you company, have a chat with you, have tea or a game of card, or take you out shopping or medical appointments. Other organisations also provide such a service & other home services as well like domestic cleaning, minor home maintenance, gardening.

There’s that Triple A Care (Australian Asian Aged Care Program) with multiple home & community care services. Charges for the services are subsidised & all that is required is $8 per hour.

TADWA’s (Technology Assisting Disability WA) purpose is to improve the quality & enjoyment of life for people with disabilities, older people & those caring for them through the application of technology & the skills of volunteers & staff. For our home, they came & installed safety railings for our steep driveway, front & back garden steps. All we need pay pay is for the materials.

In the case of Chorus (its old name Volunteer Task Force) apart from providing gardening service & other domestic services, organises outings to places of interest & lunches. I am particularly impressed by their friendliness,helpfulness with extreme care & attention.`The staff & the team of volunteers are about the nicest people you will ever meet. A stranger is but a friend you have not met. You can have hundreds of friends`but none near you or ever in sight, you might just as well be by yourself.

Old habits die hard. Nothing like living the life you are so accustomed to`. . . free & easy to be living in your own home.`A man’s home is his castle, however modest or otherwise.`

In the final analysis, I wish the best for all Malaysians. I would further add by quoting what the DAP leader Lim Kit Siang said: ” If we love Malaysia, we must unite as Malaysian patriots to save Malaysia from corruption, kleptocracy, injustices, exploitation and the fate of a third-world nation”.““““`“““““““““