THE MESSAGE SEPTEMBER, 2004 NO. 34 - THE WONG THIN CHING SERIES.
THE FOO YOOK YOON EDITION
August has gone by. We are now in September.
We are heading towards the end of the year again.
Tragedy had struck once during this month.
Many things have changed the course of things in the world.
Human have come, others have gone over to the other side.
Yet we are here on this planet we safely reside.
Enjoy your life as happy as you like! You are so lucky gals and guys!!
Relax, read on and reminisce on all you have in this life!!!
THEY WERE 112 OF THEM ALL
Once our mentor led me to the back of his bungalow. He had something to show.
He showed me how he had paraded a most common utility item of the local rubber industry.
There were 112 of them all: big, medium and small.
Among them there was also an albino. It was a glazed white ceramic latex receptacle that was a rarity in the
One day that odd one would be prized and much sought after among them all.
HE SALVAGES THEM FROM THE BULLDOZERS
How did our master get hold of the relics of rubber tapping?
Well, one day his immediate behind neighbour called in the bulldozer
and brought along chain saws. They wanted to clear away their patch of rubber trees.
However, our mentor beat them all. He scrambled among the rubber trees.
He salvaged all the rubber cups there for free.
That was how he reaped his new horde of treasures.
He had lined them up and filled each with water.
Purpose: to rid them off the traces of coagulated rubber.
He will then show them off, as his new trove of treasures.
I wonder if anyone of you would appreciate the heavy and thick cups of burnt earth
when you see them all. As the saying goes one man's food is another man's poison, isn't it so?
Then one man's treasure may be another man's trash,
may I let my thought to venture thus?
HE STRIKES IT RICH IN THE GAME OF DIGITS
How lucky some people could be.
The God of Wealth and Prosperity called upon them and dropped them bombshells.
Lady Luck visited them to bring them riches and wealth.
This is a true-life story.
An elderly couple was staying happily in a good house.
Then one day the man had the sixth sense to bank on a four-digit number.
When the result came out, he was richer by RM75,000.
What a whopper! The couple felt very glad! They have not seen so much cash!!
They wanted to have a bigger and better house.
Did they scout around for a new house?
Nope, they had big plans.
They called in the bulldozer man. They demolished their house.
They paid the bulldozer guy a good sum. The house was turned into a heap of rubble.
They called in the lorry man. The lorry man demanded a handsome sum of money
for removing the debris because he knew the couple had won some lottery money.
Meanwhile, thinking that it was so easy to get rich, the couple put in bigger stakes at the draws of the lotteries.
The casino was not far away for them to try their luck at the roulettes.
They lost heavily. Their money was easy come and easy go, see!
Now they are not only broke but stuck. They had spent a good sum of money in demolishing their house.
They had paid the lorry man quite lucratively to remove the debris.
They had lost most of their remainder winnings.
Now they found that they did not have enough money to rebuild the house.
They abandoned the site that was their house and went to live with a close relative.
Of course, their kith and kin snubbed them.
But they have thick skins and hang on to the next of kin.
The site of the demolished house is lying forlorn now overgrown with lallang,
weeds and shrubs in some part of Bentong town.
The couple lived in rags and under the most uncomfortable situation in
their son-in-law's house now, after their daughter-in-law has thrown them out.
What would you do if you win big money in a lottery?
A BEAUTY CONTEST ANNOUNCED
BENTONG FOLKS AROUSED
After the very successful fun fair the year before M.E.S. announced a carnival
in 1954. A big hit of the carnival was the word "carnival" itself that
we had never ever heard before.
Then nothing could beat this event - the election of a Carnival Queen.
We have never heard of any election of beauty queen before in this upcountry town - whose inhabitants where
few were rich but most were poor.
But the election of a Carnival Queen was announced.
It became the talk of the town. People in what we might call a conservative town, was not used to hear of a
beauty contest - what more it was to be held in a school! It shocked the local folks, when it was announced.
However, our master made it very clear that the contest was not about beauty
but the winner would be judged by
Judging was not done by a panel of personalities, as would in a pageant of beauties.
Election was done with money. We elected the Carnival Queen by dropping money into
tins placed in front of photographs of a bevy of beauties.
The beauty who got the most money as votes would walk away with the trophy.
It sounded a bit mercenary, eh! In September 1954, money went into the piggies.
It was not until November that the winner would be announced. A long way to go yeah!
Meanwhile, the Carnival tickets went on sale.
There was a competition among the classes to see which class could sell the most
tickets. Tally sheets were published by the M.E.S.SAGE showing the progress of
class tickets sales neck to neck! This then was a more exciting contest.
WHY THE FUN FAIR AND CARNIVAL?
You might ask why all this fuss about having the fun fair and Carnival?
Was it just for the fun of it and to give more publicity to M.E.S.?
Nope, the old M.E.S. grew, survived and thrived on funds derived from these
charities since it was an unaided private institution.
A-four-classrooms new building was put up and there came into being a new principalís office.
The old office was but a corner of the classroom that housed the senior class - Standard 5
By the way the title "principal" was new to us too. We were always used to address such a high post as
"headmaster" or "big teacher", like we say in Malay "Guru Besar".
T'IS ABOUT THE ABDUL MALEKS
One day I was walking outside the Bentong wet market,
yet I was in the open-air, vegetable gardeners' market.
There I met my old schoolmate - Abdul Malek.
He is Abdul Malek bin Awang not the Abdul Malek bin Engku Omar.
Yeah, the other Abdul Malek the one bin Engku Omar's letter has boomeranged.
The postman has scribbled something like Balai Bomba,
Pekan on the letter returned to me. I presumed that from bandar Muadzam Shah,
Abdul Malek Engku Omar has been transferred to Pekan.
Yet I have not received any news to that effect from our friend.
The Abdul Malek that I met is residding at :
to find out.
Malek is now a retiree enjoying his pension.
He is another Mesian who had retired from the once noble teaching profession!
In May, I front-paged "May Day" in that month's edition of the MESSAGE.
Coincidentally, on the next day from the summit of Gunung Rajah
(or Makau San, in Chinese) in Bentong, was sent a call of distress:
a "mayday" message.
The following day all the newspapers front-paged the reason for the S.O.S..
It was the call of distress from 29 campers struck by lightning flash.
I said 29 not 31 because at the instant of the S.O.S. being sent,
two of the victims had exited over to the other side by then.
You might have read so much about the day after the May Day tragedy.
Over here in Bentong, particularly in Bukit Chamang, we had a harrowing experience.
Choppers hovered in. Choppers landed. Choppers took to the air again.
Again and again and again......
Night began to fall. The sky started to pour.
Torrential rain pelted down and pounded on the mountainous terrain.
A curtain of mist and fog descended and sealed off the mountain range.
The airlift rescue operation came to an end.
REFLECTIONS ON HISTORY
For a long while, we haven't had such deafening noises from the sky.
Only in the 1950's and 1960's did we have such roar of copters and planes down
in the valley and over the mountainous terrains.
Often we heard bombs being dropped that blasted the mountaintops and
scorched their sides where the terrorists were supposed to hide. We also used to
hear rocket launchers being fired to eject bombs at random into the wild.
Then in the late 1960's Bentong was declared "white" -
meaning free of communist terrorists. Thenceforward we were left in peace
and quiet from the drones of aeroplanes and helicopters as we enjoy a blissful life.
DO YOU REMEMBER THIS FAMILIAR LITTLE TOWN?
Now back to the day after the May Day accident, Bentong suddenly came into the limelight.
Hey! Mesians at least you are focussed and reminded by the media to the existence
of this your very familiar town.
Could you recall the famous Chamang waterfall? Gunung Rajah, the location of the tragedy,
is just lying further in, bordering Selangor. It is a sad thing that the place
would be abandoned and lies derelict for sometime to come now. Cheerio!
A stock clerk was sent to clean up a storeroom in Maui, Hawaii. When he got back,
he was complaining that the storeroom was really filthy and that he had noticed
dried mouse or rat droppings in some areas.
A couple of days later, he started to feel like he was coming down with a stomach flu,
complained of sore joints and headaches, and began to vomit. He went to bed and
never really got up again. Within two days he was severely ill and weak.
His blood sugar count was down to 66, and his face and eyeballs were yellow.
He was rushed to the emergency at Pali-Momi, where he was diagnosed to be
suffering from massive organ failure. He died shortly before midnight.
No one would have made the connection between his job and his death,
had it not been for a doctor who specifically asked if he had been in a warehouse
or exposed to dried rat or mouse droppings at any time. They said there is a virus
(much like the Hanta virus) that lives in dried rat and mouse droppings.
Once dried, these droppings are like dust and can easily be breathed in or
ingested if a person does not wear protective gear or fails to wash face and
An autopsy was performed on the clerk to verify the doctor's suspicions.
That is why it is extremely important to ALWAYS carefully rinse off the tops
of canned sodas or foods, and to wipe off pasta packaging, cereal boxes, and so on.
Almost everything you buy in a supermarket was stored in a warehouse at one time
or another, and stores themselves often have rodents.
Most of us remember to wash vegetables and fruits but never think of boxes and cans.
Clean boxes and cans if you can. Be aware!
The ugly truth is, even the most modern, upper-class, super store has rats and mice.
And their warehouse most assuredly does! Whenever you buy any canned soft drink,
please make sure that you wash the top with running water and soap or,
if that is not available, drink with a straw.
The investigation of soda cans by the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta
discovered that the tops of soda cans could be encrusted with dried rat's urine,
which is so toxic it can be lethal. Canned drinks and other foodstuffs are stored
in warehouses and containers that are usually infested with Rodents,
and then they get transported to retail outlets without being properly cleaned.
Please forward this message to the people you care about. Take care!
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Written and edited by Chan Suy Sang who never stops learning but always
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