Be A Shining Beacon

Paul Chong

Saturday 12 June 2021

Figuratively, the prospect of a new government with a beacon of hope for millions     exhibiting the true concept of Malaysian Malaysia.

Somehow between ex-lovers there’s still exists a soft spot. As an ex-Malaysian, born & bred, schooled & educated, worked & lived half my life in a country which I used to refer to as the Golden Chersonese, I can’t help feeling a pang of pain for the deterioration of my ex-country over the last sixty years. It has sunk into a socio-economic-political quagmire. We’ve got to drain the swamp.

I am no politician, nor a great judge & jury. As a layman observer looking in from outside, it’s glaringly clear that a total revamp of government must be executed.

Since Malaysia’s inception in September 1963, Malaysia has not been “a government for the people, of the people & by the people”. It’s always been a polarised country with vested interests for the so-called Bumpotra (or more accurately UMNOPUTRA), the Malay religious Muslims, a rampant corruption practice of CCN (Corruptin, Cronyism &Nepotism), confused not withe US CNN media. The greatest financial heist & scam being the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal (1MDB). The main culprit behind the MDB scandal being NAJIB, the former Prime Minister with the mindset that “Cash is King” . . . no doubt an excellent disciple of none other than ex PM Tun Dr. Mahathir. 

Let’s get back to the present & the future. Also I am not here to discuss or criticise the proposal of UNITY or LEGITIMATE government.

My humble suggestions are as follow:

Establish an ELECTION SUPREME COUNCIL to SELECT well qualified political candidates WITH NO RACIAL BIAS, RELIGIOUS INCLINATION etc.

Then only ELECTION. This system of selection & election has been most successfully carried out in China & Singapore.

We’ve got to have the right people in Parliament to ensure good governance with every aspect of the people taken care, to establish a fair & just society, equality & opportunities for all in education, jobs & positions in all fields of human endeavour.

  The scars are plentiful, much too much to name them all. The crux of the matter is to forgive & forget and start anew. A fresh start is the best start. After all “to grow to progress is to change.”

Be courageous. Having courage means essentially “to die on your feet rather to live on your knees.” Singapore is one country to emulate for its tremendous economic growth despite the fact tat it was predicted to fail when it was separated from Malaysia in 1965. Singapore without any natural resources has done very well indeed . . . it’s all because of good leadership under Lee Kuan Yew & his team of capable ministers.

Of course, China is a shining example of good government, which within 40  years has become the second largest economy in the world & will be number one within this decade.

In both examples, it’s the human resources that really count. No taking or waiting for handouts. That’s the way to go!

I know & realise that this may seem to be an impossible task. Remember nothing is impossible! In this Golden Chersonese which is often referred to as “BOLEHLAND”, you need to “seek & find & not to yield” a man in the like of Nelson Mandela, Lee Kuan Yew & last but not least Xi Jinping to lead the country on to glory, peace & harmony , , , to be that Shining Beacon for all the world to see . . . to be that guiding light in troubled waters. YES YOU CAN!

Viva Malaysian Malaysia!

Holding Destiny In Your Own Hands

Paul Chong 8 June 2021

Is it fated that we are what we are? It’s popularly said that we become what we think. So are we the captain of our ship & master of our own destiny?

It’s said that “some men are born great, others achieve greatness & still others have greatness thrust upon them.”

You’ll see below that surprisingly many a great man could have ended life miserably had they simply gave up in despair.

Here we shall relate you how Great Men turned Adversity To Victory.

Abraham Lincoln entered the Black Hawk War as a captain and came out private.

F.W. Woolworth got a job in a dry goods store when he was 21 but his employer wouldn’t let him wait on the customers because he didn’t have enough sense.

Walt Disney was fired by his newspaper editor because he had “no good ideas”.

Thomas Edison’s teachers told him he was too stupid to learn anything.

Einstein was four years old before he could speak and seven before he could read.

So, be inspired by the lives of these great men . . . with the staying power to scale their great heights.

Therefore, you can be a star . . . not to be hindered by your scar.

Communism & All That

Paul Chong                        Saturday, 5 June 2021

It’s been a long while (because of my advanced glaucoma) since I wrote my last article in my million hits blog. Things that need to be said ought to be said now & not tomorrow. The world is fast changing & people  still riding on “mule train” will be left far behind. A new world is dawning & wise people would jump on the high speed rail & speed on with the advancement of science & technology. There is no stopping progress & development. Awards always go to the strongest & the fastest. As in a grand prix, if you stall others will pass you by.

The main media aren’t coming out with Gospel truth of the world’s situation. Media owners have their own vested interests. By & large most media are bias dwelling in the pockets of vested interest parties. What can you believe in all that you read & hear?

The question is what’s wrong with men today? The simple answer is “they just don’t “THINK”. Most Westerners with their geopolitical view & mindset on democracy, are consumed with pride, fear of losing their hegemony, envy & jealousy; reluctantly refusing to play the political game on the level. They resort to throwing mud at their opponent believing that that if enough mud is thrown some of it will stick. Hence all these negative propaganda, fake news & 

misinformation, ganging up allies to contain & topple the “evil” CCP (Chinese Communist Party).

Looking on as a layman, you can’t help but observe that right through history “US destroys” whereas “China builds”. China is more than happy to share its prosperity, promoting the great concept of win-win development program. The Belt & Road Initiative development program is undoubtedly the single greatest development program ever conceived  for humanity.

Let’s get down to the fundamental. To begin with what does the word communism mean? Dictionary has it as “a theory or system of social organisation in which all property is owned by the community and each person contributes and receives according to their ability and needs.” (See also Marxism). It works well for China. Why change it if it’s working so well? The West expects China to change to full democracy & be like them. It is laughable going by how the West is doing. As a matter of fact, China is not following the   whole communism concept blindly . . . China keeps changing & modifying Marxism to suit its needs & purposes. CCP has an approval rating of as high as 95 percent.

Just on the very basic & fundamental of human needs, China has lifted up some 8 hundred million of its population out of poverty. Which country in the world has ever done that in history? Since Deng Xiaoping opened up China in 1978, China has achieved a phenomenal economic growth unsurpassed by any other country in human history . . . fast becoming to be the largest economy in the world.

On the question of human rights, US with its historical past & present, & that include UK, Australia & other European countries, nobody has earned the right & authority to preach & dictate to China on such issue.

Suffice for me to say all the foregoing. Need I go further to refute all negative allegations re Xinjiang,Hong Kong & Taiwan which are all attributed to the instigations & doing  of CIA. Any sensible person will realise & agree that any respectful country to have the dignity, sense of justice & goodwill not to demonise China or to meddle with other countries affairs. Despite all these, China has always referred US as a “beautiful nation”.

One last word from Prof Dennis Etler, University of California, Berkley: ‘ . . .  socialism works for the betterment of the 99 percent while capitalism works primarily to enrich the  one percent.’

Remember, you can’t push or pull others down to lift yourself up! 

Chinese The World Over

Paul Chong

A Chinese By Descent . . . An Australia By Consent
24 September 2020

Chinese are everywhere in the world. It’s said that where seas or oceans touch land, there you’d find them. They are most enterprising & assiduous in their economic pursuit. They would rather “die on their feet than live on their knees”. Such is their nature & character. They built the US railroads, responsible for the urbanisation & commercial enterprises in Malaya (present Malaysia) & most of the Southeast Asian countries. Wherever they are they contribute positively to the land of their adoption. They adjust, adapt & even adopt to foreign life quite naturally. However, their cultural lives remain distinctly unchanged. There are Christians, Muslims as are also present in China itself.

In China everybody speaks Mandarin including the 55 minority ethnic groups . . . this being the national language well serving unity in diversity.

Besides Han Chinese, who make up over 90% of China’s population, there are officially 55 minority ethnic groups living in China. Their costumes, festivals, and customs can be unique and colorful and are some of China’s unique attractions.

Uniquely in China, the Chinese speak a variety of dialects like Hokkien (in Fujian), Cantonese (in Canton (Guangzhou & Hong Kong), Hakka (Hainan), Wu Chinese Dialect (Shanghainese), just to mention some. In Taiwan they speak a dialect similar to the one in Fujian known as Minnanhua.

According to the latest United Nations data. China 2020 population is estimated at 1,439,323,776 people at mid year. China population is equivalent to 18.47% of the total world population. Every 5 people in the world one is Chinese.

There are approximately 50 million ethnic Chinese people living outside of China’s mainland (Oct 1, 2014).
The statistics do not include Chinese who have adopted citizenship of the countries where they are residing.

Most of them are living in Southeast Asia where they make up a majority of the population of Singapore (75%) and significant minority populations in Thailand (14%), Malaysia (23%), Indonesia, Brunei (10%), the Philippines, and Vietnam 823,071.

South Korea: 1,643,611. France: 700,000. Chinese Australians & Chinese Canadians are getting larger in number.

South Africa is the Country with the largest Chinese population outside China estimated to be one million.

Chinese in Indonesia, Thailand & Philippines have to have their names change to the countries of their adoption.

In a recent announcement by President Xi JinPing, China Card will be made available to all Chinese born outside China, certainly a most welcome & gratifying news for those who wish to return to the motherland.

Our Kirkby College Love Memorabilia

By Paul Chong Monday 21 September 2020

Our Love Memorabilia
A Classic Needlework Table (1960)
Kirkby College, Liverpool, UK

Yes a genuine handcrafted
teak furniture Needlework Table.
The art of woodcraft – all well fitted joints (no nails) entwining
two young college lovers . . . younger than springtime!
It’s structured in teak with a special lining of rosewood & a sliding compartment tray within for all the threads, pins & needles.

Now in our twilight years (octogenarian), who will treasure & cherish it as much as we do?

Paul & Lilian Chong
Perth Hills, Western Australia (2020)

Our World of Woes

By Paul Chong Saturday 13 June 2020

We are all living dangerously – what with the trade war, cold war, endless wars here & there, economic shutdown, protests & chaos under the guise of freedom & democracy, families lockdown, brutality & atrocities, insanity, spread of racism & no less the CoronaVirus pandemic. We are but sheltering from the pandemic storm, prayerfully & waiting for it to pass, who knows two years or three. Heaven forbids if it lasts any longer than that.

Unfortunately, to further aggravate the mayhem, we have at the helm this mad “Donald Duck” Trump who likes to shoot his index finger blaming others (especially China) for his own shortcomings, forgetting that consequently that three other fingers are pointing back at himself. He’s no doubt the cause of all evils.

He’s been called an idiot by his own mother & also by a lady reporter, a perpetual liar, cheat, a racist & a host of other undesirables. He expects & threatens all his ally leaders to follow him in all his quests. In his administration, he’s aided by his State Secretary Mike Pompeo & a strategy advisor Steve Bannon, both with foul mouths & evil hearts.

On our local scene, our Aussie PM has been blindly led into the mayhem. Ill advised or simply led astray, our spineless PM Scotty is jumping into the sinking American ship, which is being abandoned by the German leader Angela Merkel & other EU leaders. Wonder if silly Scotty realises that he is biting the hand that’s feeding Australian economy. As a safeguard, he should shut up & remain neutral. It would be the wisest thing to do, for though Australia is a big country it is only but a small nation. We have everything to lose & nothing to gain.

Let’s stand together & fight this evil invading pandemic. Let peace & harmony reign.

UK Offering 3 Million Visas to HK Residents

By Paul Chong Saturday 6 June 2020

Unlike the United States of America where they are not lacking in transparency, British politics are most devious & cunning, often with hidden agenda & very shrewd policies serving their own ends. British diplomacy goes a historical way in creating a large empire on the global political landscape. Most countries fell victims including the huge country of India which British ruled for more than four centuries.

In Malaysia where I was born, the British initially came into the country on the pretence of intervention between the Chinese miners & the Malays over the economic wealth of the mining operation. They came & stayed without firing a bullet.

It’s interesting to note the case of Hong Kong . . . a well known historical fact that the British literary stole Hong Kong from China after the defeat of China in the unfair opium war. The British ruled Hong Kong for about one & a half century, milking the colony dry. Further, there was no freedom of election nor the practice of democracy.

On 1 July 1997 the British finally returned Hong Kong to China. It needs to be stressed that the British never made any offer of British visas to the deranged HongKies over their future. The British generosity offered only them restricted visas of temporary residence tantamounting to the status of second class citizens.

Now, according to today’s report, the British are offering 3 million visas to Hong Kong residents. Why? What’s behind this move? What are they trying to achieve?

Hong Kong belongs to China since historical times. Once China has back its sovereignty, no other nations in the world has any right to interfere with its internal affairs.

Events provoked both by UK & US in the later half of last year under the guise of freedom fight, universal suffrage & democratic stand in the series of riots & chaotic protests, have proven the obvious point of their vested interests. For the US, it was a question of containing China in its growth & progress, lest it should sooner take over hegemony of US. The British still has design to take back its golden goose, if at all it can be legitimately claimed.

It’s a great prize to win whatever & however it takes. Both US & UK are involved together in funding the unrest & protests. School boys & girls including other youngsters were encouraged & instigated & paid as much as US$150 including black outfits, gear & training to cause havoc & destruction of public properties. Many of these young rioters were not even born at the time when Hong Kong returned to its motherland China.

It can be speculated the British action will not in any way return negatively. The British know full well that Chinese are the most assiduous people in the economic pursuits, hard & smart working & resourceful beyond all compare. China would probably let them go to UK to let those HongKees to have the taste of western ways & “democracy”.

There was no provisions under No. 23 basic laws of Hong Kong for China to act against intruding foreigners. Now with the proposed & implementation of National Security Law, China can possibly quell the political turmoil.

British diplomacy is well known. A smart English gentleman may be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. He’s smooth, plausible & believable in all his verbal convention . . . little would you realise or conscious of being taken for a ride. He’s the greatest salesman, a master with dealing & wheeling.

The Ugly Face of Racism

By Paul Chong Monday, 1 June 2020

A Chinese By Descent . . . An Australian By Consent

All men are created equal . . .

Human beings, according to biological science, are divided into eight blood types: O, B, A, AB (both positive or negative). Thus we are essentially different in terms of blood types. There’s no question of being superior or inferior by birth. No one has BLUE or ROYAL blood. Our blood may be thick or thin, that’s about all, like what people say ‘having a thick skin or otherwise.’ All blood are red in colour . . . either thick or thin.

Since we are all created equal, how does racism arise? We are all wonderfully made, created in the image of God. All of us are equal in the sight of God . . . and should rightly be in the eyes of men.

With due respect & without prejudice to our Western friends, who may by virtue of their general build & stature, have the tendency to consider themselves more superior.

In the US, the Afro American have long suffered humiliation under the elite American. The days of forced slavery, though long gone when Abraham Lincoln brought on the Policy of Emancipation, cannot easily be erased. Fast forward to this modern era, they went through segregation & discrimination more than any human being could bear. They totally lost their ROOTS without hope of returning home to their mother land.

There is no known official act of RECONCILIATION or an Official Apology made like what Kevin Rudd, a former Prime Minister of Australia undertook with the Australian aborigines. (They should rightly be called “Ausgines” without the stigma & connotation of the usual common term.

Ausgines simply means the original inhabitants of Australia. CONTRARY TO WHAT CAPTAIN COOK’S DECLARATION 0F AUSTRALIA AS “TERRA NULLIUS.”

The legal concept of terra nullius allowed British colonists to disregard Indigenous ownership of Australia, to regard Australiaas an empty continent and to take the land without ever negotiating a treaty.

In this connection, the red Indians of American deserve the same reconciliation treatment. They are all marginalised & pushed off to unwanted Indian Reservations. Complete extermination & genocide were practised.

The Afro American have proved themselves to be valued citizens. Many of them are top professionals. They shine in the field of entertainment & sports . . . Carl Lewis, Flo Jo, Nat King Cole, Joe Louis, Mohammed Ali . . . just to name some. These people are/were not by any means stupid or inferior.
American like to classify people by the colour of their skin. Afro American are black. Native American are red. Mexican or Latin American are said to be brown. Asian or Chinese American are yellow. So, the elite American must have the best of all colours . . . splashing themselves with rainbow colour. Surely they are not just plain white or orange as Donald Trump is claimed to be.

Trump is known to ask “How do I look?” He might want to retract & tell the four Congress women to stay & not to “go back”.

Racism is never acceptable nor should it ever be tolerated!

As an Australian by consent I am saddened by the ugly face of racism in Australia . . . an unexpected move in the footsteps of the western hemisphere particularly the mighty threatening power of Donald Trump. From being a lapdog, PM Scott Morrison has taken on to be the barking dog of US, dragging down the good relationship with China, after all the past years of good relationship. China has never threatened Australia. Quite the contrary, China is our economic partner stretching its hands to feed our economy. I am no politician nor an economist to understand that this a senseless & silly move . . . biting the hands benefitting us by billions of export dollars. US can never be expected to replace China as Australia’s export partner

What’s needed is a concerted positive action on a unilateral basis transcending all political differences to show to the world at large that there can be unity in diversity. Then & only then multiculturalism will take on meaningfulness. Political leaders must lead & stand tall in the face of adversity. Our PM seems to think that all this mayhem will fizzle out in time. Unfortunately, such negativeness is strong & enduring & will create scars in the peaceful & harmonious atmosphere in the community. It’s easier to destroy than to build.

Allow me to voice, foster & inculcate goodness in our hearts. Let’s discard the negatives & foster the positives. Australia is a BIG country, but unfortunately such BIGNESS is not reflected in the hearts & minds of our politicians.

Racism does thrive upon your silence & apathy . . . Doing nothing gains nothing, but doing something does aqchieve something. It’s all a question of simple logic. I guess that’s why the Afro-American are protesting & making their stand that “Black Lives Matter”. Enough is enough. May I say not to let the corrosive effects of injustice hinder your dream, hope & aspiration, for racism is like the deadly terminal cancer . . . scary & absolutely destructive.

Chaos shall reign . . . disintegration prevailing.

The Question of Opinion

Paul Chong – Saturday 30 May 2020

Opinion is invariably defined as a view point or judgement relating to any subject. When in doubt, you are often advocated to seek a second opinion.

Remember though that opionion is about the cheapest commodity in the world. It is freely & abundantly available. Opinion can differ from person to person. Oftentimes conflict of interest & personality without exception will show up in the final delivery or in the changing of opinion.

Not every opinion can be taken as the gospel truth, for the value or wisdom must be judged based on facts, expert knowledge or the credentials & experiences of the people expressing them. There is also the question of their vested interests or hidden agenda. How often human mindset is determined by preconceived ideas without available facts, proper/expert knowledge, or strictly on hearsay or nearsay.

Whom would you believe? If the issue at hand is controversial? All the more confusion & complexity set in.

In today’s world there is such a lot of media with fake news, propaganda, misinformation to sway you left & right like the pendulum. Most people are easily swayed while a category will stand firm by their own belief.

So, is there any compromise or cooperation in matters that are controversial? Will memorandum of understanding come into play?
Polarisation always happen which the majority will take advantage of & win the day. Argument always seem to favour the majority, the strong over the weak, the rich over the poor. There is no end in sight except in calamity & catastrophe as seen historically.

Is there no consideration on moral ground? What about the question of humanity or compassion? There exists too much of greed, self-contredness & gross individualism the world over. Peace & harmony will only come about when newly acclaimed “win-win” policy becomes deeply entrenched in humanity.

With God’s grace & mercy, let the era of international bullying, intimidation, exploitation, political or economical threats pass us by for peace & harmony to reign.

Morning Walk in Mundy National Park (Lesmurdie Falls)

By Paul Chong
A Chinese by Descent
An Australian by Consent

Monday 27 January 2020 Time Taken: 6.00 – 7.30am

The leisure & pleasure are all mine with the Mundy National Park right at our doorstep. Our home is sited on an elevated block of land (2,613 sqm) with panoramic view of Perth City. Perth Hills & the Park.

The beautiful part about walking in Perth Hills is the conducive weather, which permits outdoor activities throughout the year – spring or summer, winter or fall. The air is fresh & exhilarating, no sweat or perspiration at all. No worry about pollution. Walking is undoubtedly the best form of exercise for senior citizens. I enjoy the fresh morning breeze, birds chirping & the rays of sunshine piercing through the dark sentinels of bushes & trees.

Walking trails are paved, though some small parts may not but cleared. For safety railings exist. Concrete tables & benches are well provided for picnickers. On weekends & public holidays the Park is teeming with crowds.

Summer of 2019/2020 has been hot & dry. Hence the gurgling stream is silent, billabongs (stagnant pools) are dry & not a drip of water cascading down the Lesmurdie Falls.

A picture is better than 10 thousand words. I was trigger-happy with my smart phone & thus ended with a whole sequence of pictures for your viewing pleasure.