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”.““““`“““““““““

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This Land Of Ours

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By P Chong

This land could be Australia, Malaysia or Middle East . . . OR A PROWLING IMPERIALISM!


THIS LAND  is not my land

Neither is it your land

This land is God‘s gift

To inherit it you must fit

That you love one another

Sharing with one another

Giving and not just taking

The only this land will prosper

Together we shall have a life that’s proper

Australia will grow and progress

And each one of us will beget success.


Whatever you may possess, you are but a custodian . . . for nothing really ever belong to anybody in terms of time & space . . . eternity! We are but passing ships that sail through the night. With each dawn, there’s the new port of call . . . everything is in transition – nothing of permanence.

But the land will be there for all times & throughout eternity. Many a great general in historical past,  or like the Trojans or the Romans, ALL have come & gone. What’s sense is there to fight & dare . . . to invade & dominate ?

Let’s co-operate & share with one another for the benefits of all!

Spring Walk – Perth Hills Escarpment

Spring Walk – Perth Hills Escarpment

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Perth Hills Escarpment, part of the Darling Range, rises some 400 metres from the coastal plain to the east. A lovely place for walk & hike with a vista vision of panoramic grandeur far & wide, & a good place for retreat from Perth City. It’s full of wild flowers with a myriad range of colours. Truly a place of beauty so near & yet so far. Best time to visit is in Spring.


As though it was not enough exercise after my usual Sunday round of golf this morning at 6.00 am, I found myself wandering off from home to the Lesmurdie National Park below. It was just before lunch and the car park was full with visitors from a group known as “Nearer to Nature”. They couldn’t have picked a better day – a real exhilarating Spring day.

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Armed with my digital camera, my fingers were trigger happy. Each step of the way all the way to the Lesmurdie National Park flowers were everywhere of various hues, shapes & sizes in blue, yellow, brown, purple and red. Such a magnificent sight to behold!

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Beauty greeted the eyes. With Spring in the air, there was spring in my steps as I leisurely wandered from the car park to the stream, up the steep gradient onto the top of the escarpment. One can see as far away to the City of Perth and nearby across the valley to our own home.

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Sometimes the human eyes just don’t notice the beauty around the environment in the proximity. To think that we ventured to drive over a thousand kilometers to Mullewa the wildflower country in the north, when right on your own door steps beauty abounds. They say beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. If you look near it’s right in front of you and you can dispense with having to travel afar in search of beauty.

If  you look far, it’s a thousand miles away,

but if you look near, it’s right in front of you.

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Paul Chong

Sunday, 28 September 2008