. . . To A Better Tomorrow

. . . To A Better Tomorrow

Paul Chong

Sunday, 4 July 2021

This episode happened a few days ago. A beautiful winter day with clear blue sky that just urged me to be out & about in the City of Kalamunda despite my left leg & lower back hurting greatly from sciatic pain. 

But for my ache & pain, I would have wandered more. However, I found that I had over an hour to wait for the next bus. At the bus terminal, there was a sweet young school girl called Maddy w Lfvihom I approached for help over the bus schedule. What happened next was an unbelievably miracle when she called her mother for help. Her mother came from home & soon happily we were homeward bound including Maddy’s boyfriend.

Oftentimes, it’s the little good things that you perform that would mean heaven on earth to the person you help.

Anna. to you I sing . . . “You are my special angel sent from high above” to bless & guide me onto the road “to a better tomorrow”. She’s always cheerful & smiling . . . ever-ready to respond to calls for help.

It’s the little things that matter in life. Minor things will lead you on to greater things. To quote President John F. Kennedy: “Ask not what the country can do for you but what you can do for the country.” Unfortunately, he was assassinated & so very young. The plot was so carefully planned & executed & so well covered up that until today you may never know why they did it.

America, so claimed & named by the Chinese as a “beautiful country” is full of killings, wars & assassinations. The greatest US President Abraham Lincoln was another President who was assassinated. Would it be because he brought on the Emancipation & the Freedom of slaves?

Why can’t men live in peace & harmony? Why can’t we all benefit mutually on a “win-win” basis the China is promoting. I think only fools like to complicate things in order to justify for their lack of ability. Again, it’s such a rotten world we live in where greed prevails & generosity & kindness of heart are so rare.

Thomas Aquinas (1225 – 1274) was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, Catholic priest, and Doctor of the Church. An immensely influential philosopher, theologian, and jurist in the tradition of scholasticism, he   also known within the latter as the Doctor Angelicus, the Doctor Communis, and the Doctor Universalis. (Wikipedia). 

He had this wonderful mindset: “ I shall pass this way but once. Therefore any good I can do, let me do it now. Let not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again”.

Let this be your awakening. Make things happen rather than for things to happen. Your contribution in any small way will go a long way. As Confucius says: “The journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step”. Don’t just be a spectator or sit on the fence watching the world goes by.

A Tale Of Three Nations

A Tale Three Nations

Paul Chong     

Friday, 2 July 2021

It’s interesting to look back in time & perceive the fast changes that are happening especially in China, which within one generation transforms itself from a third world country to be the second largest economy in the world, It is more astounding & phenomenal to realise that it ’s being achieved all on its own without outside help. Get off your mule train & jump on the high speed train ;lest you lag further & further behind.

History can be most interesting in your understanding of the past & present, though I never quite like it when in school because of the difficulty of remembering dates. Ignorance of the past would lead you on to lots of misunderstanding.

Let’s illustrate it with a story of a stone-age story teller or speaker. Those days a speaker was a strange creature. Kipling told a story of a band of primitive stone-age men huddled around camp fire. They had engaged in a tremendous battle with a wooly mammoth or a sables-tooth tiger or perhaps both. Suddenly, one of their number left up to his feet & began relating the story of that day. He began walking up & down, gesticulating & talking, making sound so graphic that everyone around the campfire relived  the battle all over again. He told the story of what they had done & they were filled with awe & horror all over again, for there was magic in his words. So they took him away & killed him.

Today, they would paid him a big fee & Hollywood would engage him for the big screen.

From the primitive to the more civilised time. US for the past two hundred more years has been the supreme global master. Who dared to threaten US? It would be absolute suicide to do so. 

To establish the great American Dream, US has been a warring nation. It fought & fights unendingly since the 1700s with superior weapons of mass destruction, causing tremendous human sufferings & uncountable offensive human rights the world over. US has fought more wars than all the countries in the world combined. Ironically, they are not all the time victorious. In Vietnam they had to run for their lives. As a world power they go round threatening & intimidating all the minor nations “If you’re not for us, then you’re against us.”

Speaking of genocide, they are undoubtedly the greatest culprits, & they dare to point finger at others. Virtually the whole Red Indian nations was wiped out by the Americans. The history cannot be wiped clean with the kind of human treatment they committed towards the Afro America up to the present era. And they dare preach on the question the fundamentals & basic practice of human rights. Suffice we mention this much of atrocities, for who can deny these facts.

We shall switch our attention to a lesser nation like Australia which by comparison is not dissimilar to the establishment of US.

Australia was initially founded as a convict colony of United Kingdom which built the greatest colonial empire the world has known. When Captain Cook first landed on the shore of New South Wales in April 1770, he declared it as “Terra Nullius” which simply means “Nobody’s Land”. 

This doctrine has existed in the law of nations throughout the development of Western democracy. The fact that it is a Latin phrase gives us the clue that it is derived from Roman law – the concept that ownership by seizure of a thing no one owns is legitimate 20 Oct 2017.

The rule of law and reconciliation – Federal Court of Australia, was finally recognised with the aborigines as the rightful owners. I would suggest, if I may, that name be changed to “Ausgines” (meaning the original inhabitants of Australia).On 13 February 2008 , PM Kevin Rudd on behalf of Australia, apologised for the “Lost/Stolen Generations”.

The term Lost/Stolen Generations refers to the National Inquiry Into the Separation of Aboriginal Children from Families.

By the power of the British guns the whole Aboriginal population was virtually clean especially in Tasmania

where concerted effort of genocide left none standing & white supremacy reigned.

While the eastern states were colonised largely by British convicts, Western Australia was settled by the more elite British class. 

White Australia policy, formally Immigration Restriction Act of 1901, in Australian history, fundamental legislation of the new Commonwealth of Australia that effectively stopped all non-European immigration into the country & that contributed to the development of a racially insulated white society.

Australia is richly endowed with natural resources of oil & gas, iron ore & other minerals including gold. Australia was a very rich nation in 1885, ranking higher than US, but after 50 years, it continued to slip down the economic scale. It was overtaken & replaced by US & Canada. In today’s standing, Singapore is ahead of Australia & even slide down behind its many Asian neighbours. As predicted by the then PM Paul Keating that Australia would become a “Banana Republic”. As things are, PM Scomo(Scott Morrison) will see to it for sure. It is a silly suicide of vast economic proportion to begin a political tiff with China after 14 years of establishing a good trading relationship, all because Scomo chooses to support US in its campaign to contain China. It’s wise not to bite the hand that feeds you economically.

Now lastly, what sort of history does Malaysia possess? Initially, Malaya (firstly known as) was formed with a mixed group of people from all parts of Asia & Southeast Asia. The so-called Malay race of Muslim origin were from Indonesia & the Arab world. They so claimed themselves to be the Bumiputra (sons of the soil) which legitimately would be the native inhabitants. Everyone else is from outside. The enterprising Chinese immigrants were mostly the peasants from southern China seeking economic opportunities for a better life. The Indians came for similar reason but they were largely employed in rubber plantations & labourers in the government  service sector.

The Chinese well known for their assiduous economic pursuits, were engages in the tin mining industries, trade & businesses. In time through sheer hard work they prospered building towns & cities. They were the economic faces of the country while the Malays were quite contented living in attap stilt houses in the rural areas. They tended the west pari fields, fishing in them or out in the open seas. They were & are a less competitive group of people than the enterprising Chinese. So Chinese prospered with envy & jealousy from the Malays. There arose constant disputes, strive & fights between the Chinese & Malays.

The wiry British came upon the scene with the pretence of “intervention” to settle disputes & stayed on to colonise the rich “Golden Chersonese”. Take your hats off for the British diplomacy. Undoubtedly, the British had the greatest imperial colonies among all nations. 

Malaya became independent in 1957 under the mild & easy going leadership  of Tunku Abdul Rahman. Malaysia came into existence with the mutual consent to amalgamate Sabah, Sarawak & Singapore with Malaya in 1963. Singapore was ousted out of the union for political reasons in 1965 . . . Lee Kuan Yew was fast gaining popularity & moving too fast with the concept of Malaysian Malaysia much to the dislike of the Malay politicians.

In the final analysis, the socio-economic-politic woes in Malaysia rest entirely upon the shoulders if the Chinese who were & are too focused on the economic aspect of the country failing to realise that political power rules supreme. 

Presently Malaysia swept by the Corona Virus epidemic & a backdoor political entry of incapable PM Mohyiddin, laughably called“Mohaiddin”. He avoided the king’s advice to step down as PM.  The people are suffering more chaos and dragging deeper & deeper into the quagmire.

There are two significant questions that need to be asked. What if the Indians & Chinese were to leave Malaysia? Also what will happen when oil runs dry in Malaysia? Already, there has a tremendous brain drain among the Chinese. Famous & successful sugar king Robert Kwok has long pulled out of Malaysia & established his headquarters in Hong Kong.

Where do we go from here? The rich are getting richer among the MPs & their cronies, as in US the top 1% controlling the bottom 99%. The US has acted like a Big Brother for over two centuries & detests to be beaten ed as the hegemonic head of the world. Trade war, economic sanctions, demonising China, propaganda & other strategic moves are all designed to contain China. Without the shadow of any doubt the pandemic is created by the US as a biological warfare. Of course, no sensible power would ever consider a physical war for with the proliferation of nuclear weapons, it would mean the end of us all.

*Please read my other related articles in my blog at https://paulchong.net for more information eg. Be A Shining Beacon & Malaysian Dream.

Grasstrees of Western Australia

Paul Chong

A Chinese by Descent

An Australian by Consent 

Sunday, 27 June 2021

Australia is a unique country . . . popularly known as the Lucky Country. Its uniqueness rests upon the fact as being a huge island continent featuring animals like kangaroo & koala not found anywhere else. Another amongst others is the prominent grass trees in Western Australia quite different from those in the eastern states.

Grasstrees formerly known as Blackboy is not like the conventional tree. Its got a black trunk with 

green spiny growth sticking out from all over the trunk. It catches fire easily  & its black trunk is due to forrest fire which helps in its growth & spread. Its growth is only one centimetre per year. Nowadays it’s a popular landscape feature despite costing from $1000 to $3000 depending on height & the number of prongs. For instance, a three-prong grasstree being rare will cost in the upper price range.

With such a landscaped garden of dark sentinels with porcupine hair, no watering is required. The only maintenance is to give “ the blackbody a haircut” as used to be said.

Because of the racial connotation attached to the name, its name nowadays is
“grasstree”. Fire takes care of grasstrees naturally & guardingly. Without a haircut, it’s pretty unkempt & becomes a fire hazard.

Grasstrees are a galore on my escarpment home block of land both in front & back of our residence. Thinking I could make a deal with the grass tree businessman down the hill closely. Contrarily, he would charge me for “removing” them with heavy machinery. 

You wonder how grasstrees propagate themselves in their natural environment. Growing tall from the centre of the tree is the flowering stem/stick coated by a sticky rough ness of flowers (nothing much to look at). When caught with fire, these tiny flowers explode & are dispersed far & wide. In time tens & hundreds of years they would appear protruding from the ground at the rate of the cehtimdfer per year.

I am very happy to say that we have three or four grass trees in a cluster guarding our letter box. & tens of dark sentinels standing tall in our backyard.         

ASAP – Always Say A Prayer

ASAP – Always Say A Prayer

Paul Chong                          Friday, 25 June 2021

Conventionally, the abbreviation ASAP is always taken to mean As Soon As Possible. In times like these with the prevailing pandemic Covid-19, seemingly unending & in fact claimed to become endemic, we have to learn to live with it. Singapore government has already making plans & policies to ensure safety & security for its people. No doubt other countries will in due course follow suit.

In times of crisis whom can you really trust. Nothing nor anybody!

Can we learn to live with it? We can if we trust God & He will not let you down. In God we trust. Always say a prayer . . . ASAP.

In times of crisis, stress & strain, set your heart right with God & He will carry you through. Also your thinking will be right, avoiding all the medical pitfalls, all the giant pharmaceuticals of profiteering & greed of  the rich & filty men behind the scene with the objective of enriching themselves rather than curing & saving helpless people. 

Perhaps this all men’s fault, & God has sent this pandemic as universal punishment. Men are definitely & progressively becoming more sinful. When will men ever learn from lessons in Biblical past?

As an encouragement to firm believers, herein below are some positive poetic lines to fortify you . . .

There’s work to do, deadlines to meet;

You’ve got no time to spare,

But as you hurry & scurry – 


In the midst of family chaos,

“Quality time” is rare

Do your best; let God do the rest –


It may seem like your worries

Are more than you bear

Slow down & take a breather –


God knows how stressful life is;

He wants to ease our cares,

And He’ll respond to all your needs


Prayer is one of the best gifts we receive. There is no cost but a lot of rewards, so let’s continue to pray for one another.

God Be With You. 

Have A Nice Day!

Malaysian Dream

Paul Chong

Monday 21 June 2021

Three score & four years ago, Tunku Abdul Rahman & his Alliance embarked on a “Merdeka Mission” to London to negotiate & secure independence for then then Malaya from the British colonial master. For most of us, it was the beginning of a beautiful Malayan Dream . . . as to be released from the bond of British control & sheer exploitation.

However, in all fairness to the British colonial masters, they left behind a rich legacy in education & the rule of law.

The new nation rejoiced & cerebrated its Merdeka (Independence) on 31 August 1957 till today as Malaysia Day. The Federation of Malaysia officially came into being on 16 September 1963 following the amalgamation of Malaya, Singapore, Sarawak and North Borneo (later renamed Sabah).

I am not about giving a history lecture here but we can learn from history & you can’t change history. Sensitive as it may be, the truth of it all with the present political woes must be told for the sake of the present & future generations. I shall speak the truth & shame the devil. There have been tremendous concealment & coverup of scenario & changing events.

The honeymoon was soon over the day the affable & much loved Father of the Nation Tunku Abdul Rahman was stabbed in the back & ousted by his Deputy PM Tun Hj. Abdul Razak (1922 – 1976), the father of Najib, the greatest financial crook in political history, who through the great financial heist 1MDB siphoned off billions of ringgit to enrich himself. To him “Cash is King”. No doubt an excellent disciple of Tun Dr. Mahathir. . . no small thief either during his 22-year reign as the Prime Minister. The wiry fox did a world of damage to Malaysia which time & space do not permit me to relate. He came back at age 92 as PM after the 14GE in 2018. Luckily or not, that tenure was short lived.

As said, the Malayan Dream was short upon the coming of Tun Hj. Abdul Razak. He was but a young lawyer when he went to London for Merdeka mission. He was a young PM in a hurry. He was suspected of having cancer & passed away at age 54. Well before that he had recalled his son Najib back from higher studies in London & prepared him well for politics. 

He was the first Malaysian PM to have gone to China to cut off the Chinese traders & businesses from all direct trading links with China. Subsequently, all imports of Chinese products have to go through Pernas. With political power in hands of the Malays, all economic activities were swept away.

In the words of the then DPM Musa Hitam both political & economic woes rest entirely on the shoulders of the Chinese who were & are less politically involved concentrating mainly on the economic side of life. 

Tun Razak changed the whole inherited education system by switching the medium of instruction to Malay, a matter of national pride. Procedure in Parliament, the courts of law were all affected. He instituted the National Economic Plan (NEP) with special privileges & benefits to the Bumiputra Malays, the so-called “sons of the soil” . . . THIS TERM DOES APPLY TO OTHER RACES EVEN THOUGH BORN IN THE COUNTRY. It was proposed to help & eliminate the economic gap between the Malays & non-Malays for a period of 30 years, but the policy seems never ending. Civil services, banks & corporations, army & police are all monopolised by the Malays. Injustices & unfairness are too numerous to mention them all.

Can you imagine a country with an absolute CCN more famous the famed CNN news media. Here CCN stands for Corruption, Cronyism & Nepotism. MPs are all billionaires. How not to expect Tun Dr. Mahathir & Najib & their whole families not possessing all the ill begotten billions concealed in secret accounts overseas. The three Rs Policy of Race, Religion & Royalties must be eradicated. It’s absolutely detrimental to the nation’s growth & progress.

Presently, there are squabbles in Parliament over the illegal backdoor entry PM Mohyddin (now nicknamed Mahiaddin, a word with a bad connotation attached in the Cantonese dialect), unheeding to the Agong’s advice to step down as PM & reluctant to open Parliament for fear of losing his power. Now the loosely glued Perikatan Nasional coalition has been plunged into panic mode. Who knows what’s going to happen?

Malaysia is known as the “BolehLand”, anything goes. They amend the constitution like changing clothes. Everything is chaotic.

No country can endure with polarisation or being marginalised, or treated unfairly or unjustly. Sixty-four years spell enough is enough.

Let’s look at its ousted southern neighbour. On 9 August 1965, Singapore was ousted from Malaysia to become an independent and sovereign state. The truth of this is political . . . the fear of Lee Kuan Yew’s popularity as a very able leader & his proposal & campaign of the concept of “Malaysian Malaysia. The Malaysian Alliance Party would not be fearful of  being overcome by a greater number of Chinese. Lee Kuan Yew was moving too fast for the less able &      competitive Malay. Nevertheless, you only have to look at Singapore today, rich & prosperous, enjoying peace & harmony by all irrespective of colour, race or religion.

If Singapore without any natural resources like Malaysia can make it great, how come Malaysia is now becoming the poor cousin of its south east Asian neighbours & lagging far behind Singapore? 

In the final analysis & in total fairness & justice to all the rakyat, & you be your own judge & jury, has the NEP (National Economic Policy) produced any positive tangible result? As an observer looming in from from outside, I can absolutely say in the negative:

  1. Malay graduates from the numerous local universities are finding jobs as taxi drivers, delivery boys or couriers, waiters/waitressers
  2. In small country like Malaysia there are  20 Public Universities (IPTA). Malaysia also has 60 Private Higher Education Institutions (IPTS) like Universiti Teknologi Petronass (UTP), Universiti Multi Media (MMU) and Universiti Tenaga Nasional (Uniten). The issue here is most of them have doubtful accreditation. Students are being admitted like mushrooms.
  3. Education ranking is the lowest in the Pacific rim.
  4. The MPs are amending the nation Constitution like changing clothes. Semua boleh.
  5. Unlike Indonesia, the government there is stressing on the study of English & Mandarin Chinese, two most important languages jn the changing world of trade & globalisation, Malaysia, clinging to national pride, will have no change in their educational policy.
  6. All Policies are heavily entrenched in the abandoned South African style of apartheid creating more & more marginalisation & polarisation.
  7. A nation of sheep led by blindness shapherds leading to a socio-economic & political quagmire. 

Suffice for me to mention just these few madnesses among the heap of matters that need to be sorted out. As it is,I have not even mentioned the whole issue of the basic human rights.

Shame on you Malaysia. You could easily stand tall & unrighteous with a shining beacon to guide others along. Instead you are into a quagmire & who can come to drain the swamp? Can the Malaysian Dream be resurrected? Courage to face the truth would be the initial step. 


Viva Malaysian Dream!

NB: Please read my previous related article “Be A Shining Beacon”.

Be A Shining Beacon

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)