After the Japanese surrender, British soldiers moved in and took control of the situation. However, some armed men who belonged to the Malayan Anti Japanese government emerged from hills and jungle to take revenge on some Japanese sympathizers and pro Japanese agents. The British managed to capture most of them. Some remained in the jungle, some of the youths who were Anti Japanese, returned to normal society, while the majority retreated back to jungle to become Guerrilla fighters against the British in the form of sniper shooting, ambushes, sudden and unexpected killing of innocent people, burning of public buses, lorries and other means of transport in the name of Malayan Communist Party. The British brought in more soldiers from India, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji and many friendly countries to fight against the Guerrillas and also took all other necessary precautions to save guard the innocent public. Many Guerrillas were shot daily, traitors who were caught were jailed.

One day, my friends and I were in Fraser's Hill when we heard a top ranking British High Government representative; the British high Commissioner to Malaya was gunned down along the road leading to Fraser ‘s Hill. Afraid of being stranded, my friend later drove us to KKB (Kuala Kubu Baru) and the next day followed the police and army convoy to Raub. Curfew was declared.

There were stories that Sir Henry Gurney got out of the car, to safe his wife and walked toward the line of ambush and in the process circumed to multiple bullets of the communist attackers. Around the same time, a young British police officer was ambushed near Tras, many died including the British officer. That was the last straw.

The British Government sent a tough soldier and general in the person of Sir Gerald Templer as British high commissioner to Malaya. He took drastic steps, to set up home guards (men & women), road blocks at every entry and exit points of every town. Nobody was exempted from checking; rubber tappers, students, passengers in the buses, lorries, etc.

We were staying in Bukit Koman in Raub. This small town was very famous for its gold mining activities. The Raub Australia Gold Mine, one of the biggest gold mine in the world, managed the gold mine I was told. Most of the mining engineers were from Australia and Anglo Indians from India. Once I had the opportunity to enjoy an adventure ride down to the earth crust, thousand of feet down. An Indian friend who managed the shaft/cage which was attached to a steel chain, brought me down and stopped at every level (100 feet down). Each level was brightly lighted and icy cold water dripping everywhere. I was so excited, shivering, frightened but thrilled. Roughly about an hour later, we came out to the top of the shaft. I felt this adventure was something that I could never forget.

My father was transferred to Kuala Lumpur and was stationed in Bangsar. I attended a private school called Kishandal in Brickfields, with my cousin. The boys were older and bigger than me. After a year and a half, my father was again transferred this time to Kuala Kubu Bahru where we stayed for almost 2 years. I attended another private school again, Anglo Chinese School, attending English classes in the morning and Tamil classes in the afternoons. The Tamil classes did not last long for the teacher was arrested for listening to some propaganda news. The authority took him away and we never saw him again.

Finally, I ended up in Mahmud school in Raub, one of the well-established government English schools in Pahang. My father rented a house in Bukit Koman. The headmaster was Mr. M.T Pillay, a very lovable person and always with a cane in his hand. There were many other teachers that I can recall like the late Mr Ananda, the late Mr Selvanayagam and Mr. Gurumukh Singh who stayed in Raub, now the president of the Sikh temple.

After completing senior Cambridge, I joined the Methodist English School in Bentong, and taught there for several years. I enjoyed teaching especially with teachers like Mr. Brian, Mr. Willie, the late Mr. Surendran nath, the late Selvaraj Daniel and Ahmad Awang, and of course Mr. Ted C Mills the principal whose quittance I cherish the most to this very day.

Later, I joined Muzium Negara in the administrative section under YB Dato Sharum bin Yub, the chief director. I learned a lot about the museum activities and during that time, I had the opportunity to meet many ministers including Tun Sambanthan and his wife Puan Sambathan, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and even the present PM, Dato Seri Najib to officiate exhibitions. Among the most memorable and exciting moment was when I met Joe Fraser, Mohammed Ali and Joe Bagner during a visit to the museum.

Later I was transferred to the Prison’s Department in Kajang. I served for several years and during that time I learned a lot about the prison’s administration. I also had the opportunity to visit most of the prisons in the country on official duty.

I married Sellam, a teacher from Sentul, KL and as a result produce three children: two girls: Selvamalar the eldest, a senior teacher; married with three children, Gnanamalar the second, a senior doctor, attached to the General Hospital Kuala Lumpur, who has 2 children, and the last boy Kiran Raj an electrical engineer. For my dedicated services with government and public, I was awarded PPN by His Royal Highness Sultan of Pahang who was Yang Dipertuan Agong at that time.

Suy sang who was quietly listening to me, suddenly shouted “Wow.. they are all highly qualified professionals. You have given your children good education, which normally takes a lot of courage and sacrifices.

Currently, I am shuttling my grandchildren to and fro from school and tuition classes. I am also involved in public and social activities and travelling to nearby places including Bentong. Hope readers would enjoy my life story and rekindle the memory of their young days.

John Chinniah.


Good News!!!

Recently, I met a man who had Lymphatic Cancer - Stage 4 with 123 lymph nodes affected. His cancer started in March 2008.

Affected parts: 1st: Right lung, 2nd: Left lung, 3rd: Groin, 4th: Eye and 5th Mouth.
After 9 chemo therapies he stopped the treatment on 10/11/2008 because 5 specialists said he can only survive for 3 months.

After more than 2 years, he has recovered and is still living. Thanks to the Sabah Snake Grass (Clinacanthus) which he planted outside his house. He blended the leaves with green apple (minus skin and seeds) and drank them after breakfast everyday.

After 3 days, 6 tumors disappeared. After 13 days, he went for a blood test. The oncologist said that he was 96% cured.

So far more than 200 people who had taken the herbs showed improvement.

Case 1) - Man - age 54
Lung Cancer: 3rd stage.
Chemotherapy 6 times
Tumour before taking Sabah Snake Grass 29mm, 44mm, 76mm
Tumour two weeks after taking Sabah Snake Grass reduced to 20mm, 27mm, 67mm respectively.

Case 2) - Woman
Uterus cancer - tumour size 6cm
Scheduled for surgery. After taking SSG, reduced to 3.5cm.
Doctor said no need to operate.
Continue taking the SSG, the tumour disappeared.

Case 3) - Man
Prostate Cancer
After taking SSG for 11 days, the tumour disappeared.

Case 4) - Woman from KL
Breast and Lung Cancer
Both breasts removed - 4 stage.
Very weak, cannot eat, on drip and lying in hospital.
Family member poured SSG juice into her mouth through tube.
After a few days, cowld eat and was discharged.
28 days later all tumors disappeared.

Case 5) - Woman from Taiping
Breast Cancer
After taking SSG for 3 days, the wound dried up.

Case 6) - Leukimia Patients
So far 4 cases have been cured after drinking SSG juice.
They also drank juice from 3 leaves of Guo Sai Por (Ti Tham Tou) once per week.

Case 7) - Dialysis Patients
After taking SSG for 10 days, stopped going for dialysis treatment.

Case 8) - Patients with High Cholesterol, High Blood, High Uric Acid and Diabetes.
After taking SSG, the conditions improved.

Number of leaves used for treatment for Cancer:
Stage 1 : 30 leaves everyday
Stage 2 : 50 leaves everyday
Stage 3 : 100 leaves everyday
Stage 4 : 150 - 200 leaves everyday

When the patients get better, reduce the number of leaves.

Direction for juicing SSG
a) Pour half cup of clean water in a blender
b) Add 1 or 2 ice cubes to prevent heating during blending
c) Add 1 quarter of lemon or half a lime juice (provide Vitamin C and prevent oxidization )
d) Wash the required fresh SSG leaves and put them into the blender
e) Peel a green apple and remove the core/seeds
f ) Cut the apple into 8 pieces
g) Put in the pieces of apple
h) Blend and drink immediately or within 5 minutes. (consume daily)
I) If your body is "cooling" add a few slices of ginger or drink warming herbs

I stay in Bandar Kinrara, Puchong, Selangor , Malaysia . If you have problem getting the SSG, email or sms me. I can get them from Seremban. You only need to pay for my transportation from KL to Seremban and back, cost of the plants and postage if necessary. I need your name, address, h/p no. and the patient's condition and type of cancer.

Food to avoid : Sugar and products made with sugar, honey, kembong fish, ray fish, 7 angled-fish, chicken meat, duck meat, yam, glutenous rice, margarine, durians, bird nest, ginseng and other rejuvenating herbs.

Besides SSG, papaya, apricot seeds, lemon grass and many types of fresh raw vegetable and fruit juices can also be used for treating cancer.

I believe all chronic diseases can be cured with the combination of detoxification, maintaing blood Ph 7.35-7.4, increasing body oxygen, eating natural nutrients and herbs, a healthy lifestyle and good eating habits. There are quite a number of patients with cancer and other chronic diseases recovering and got cured based on natural treatments.


After my talk to the students of SMK Kuala Repas one August morning, there was a Question-and-Answers session. I expected to be asked for more details about the Merdeka celebrations in 1957 or about what Bentong was like in the days of their grandparents. Instead, I got a barrage of personal questions: "Where were you born?" "Where did you go to school?" "Why did you come to Malaysia?" ("It was 'Malaya' when I came" I pointed out before going into the details.)

Then: "Why did you decide to stay here instead of going back to America?" Without pausing to think of a proper answer, I said, "Because they don't have sambal petai in America." Well, that answer received the best laugh of the day, and while it may have sounded facetious, even flippant, it was indeed a true admission of one of the things I love about this country – the food.

I might just as well have said, "Because there are no earthquakes here." Yes, the weather is another thing I love about Malaysia, the everyday sameness of it, the lack of climatic extremes.

I suppose hat really I should have taken a more serious tone and said something like “because the country had had a stable government for years, a government that encouraged people of the different races and cultures and religious to live peacefully with one another – and succeeded in that aim.

Or I might have said, "Because I loved working in Malaysian schools." True, there was a world of difference between my teaching experiences in an American school and my experiences here.

Those students whom I was talking to that August morning were sitting cross-legged on the Assembly ground. They were listening attentively, and I only noiced a few squirming impatiently. Perhaps the Discipline Master’s earlier pep-talk had something to do with their good behaviour, or the fact that their teachers were all in strategic positions to observe their every move. (I wasn't born yesterday.) at any rate, they were a good audience, and it was a pleasure and a privilege to address them.

Sambal petai (and also tempoyak) may have had something to do with it, but the main reason for my deciding to spend my life here was the satisfaction I got from working with young people in Malaysian schools. So I should have said, "Why did I decide to stay in this country? Because of you."

- Ted Miles -


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