THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO. 81 - AUGUST 2008
A CYBER FAN'S SERIES. THE LIEW FOOK CHOY EDITION
THE DARN WEATHER !
The other day when I visited our master, these were the first words he uttered, "I'm under the weather."
What, the weather affecting him? You may say, "hey, Suy Sang, I thought you said, global warming fears him not!
How come he has now succumbed to the vagaries of the elements?"
Yes I said his surroundings are cooling and unaffected by global warming as the jungle is closing in! But this
time it is not the heat but the fluctuation of rain and shine. "The rain came everyday," he complained. So
uncertain and potent!
We know if the rain ravages when the sun is high in the sky, it is not good for living things of any kind. People
may fall sick; plants might be afflicted. Ask any vegetable farmer, he would tell you that his crops are ruined
by a shower while sun was out!
He told me that he had just been to the doctor. Diagnosis: a viral infection. He was given the proper medication.
After a few days I called him he said he was back to a most healthy condition.
Fresh Lemon Grass
Drink Causes Apoptosis to Cancer Cells
(Apoptosis) noun: a type of cell death in which the cell uses specialized cellular machinery to kill itself;
a cell suicide mechanism that enables metazoans to control cell number and eliminate cells that threaten the
Lemon grass or Serai or Heong Mao
A drink with as little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough citral to prompt cancer cells to commit suicide
in the test tube.
At first, Benny Zabidov, who grows greenhouses full of lush spices on a pastoral farm in Kfar Yedidya in the
Sharon region, couldn't understand why so many cancer patients from around the country were showing up on his
doorstep asking for fresh lemon grass (Malay name: serai, Cantonese called it heong mao).
It turned out that their doctors had sent them. 'They had been told to drink eight glasses of hot water with
fresh lemon grass steeped in it on the days that they went for their radiation and chemotherapy treatments,'
It all began when researchers at Ben Gurion University of the Negev discovered last year that the lemon aroma in
herbs like lemon grass kills cancer cells in vitro, while leaving healthy cells unharmed.
Citral is the key component that gives the lemony aroma and taste in several herbal plants such as lemon grass
(Cymbopogon citratus). The study found that citral causes cancer cells to 'commit suicide: using apoptosis,
a mechanism called programmed cell death.' A drink with as little as one gram of lemon grass contains enough
citral to prompt the cancer cells to commit suicide in the test tube. While the citral killed the cancerous
cells, the normal cells remained unharmed.
Put the loose grass in hot water, and drink about eight glasses each day.'
Wonderful news, isn't it? Most beneficial to us here because the lemon grass is such a common cultivated or
even garden plant. We consume quite a lot of it in cooking our curry, tomyam soup, etc. But now we can
make drinks out of it. Put a stick of it in a glass of hot water. Presto! You have a glass of anti-cancer drink!
Aren't we darn lucky!!
WHY SO MANY BENTONGITES ARE SO SUCCESSFUL GUYS?
One Sunday morning, the missus got ready to go to the cemetery. What? Was it Qing Beng Day? Nay, she just
wanted to see how the plants that we had planted were faring at the ancestors' graves. We carried whatever tools we
could that we thought would be useful.
SO EASY TO VISIT THE CEMETERY
The cemetery was now very accessible. The missus drove the little Kancil up the hill for there was already a
driveway up all the way though one-way. So convenient! Even the deads are now transported up the hills in their
motorised hearse. Unlike those days, the casket had to be carried by a gang of men who yelled and yanked to
everybody gain strength. omething like saying, "heave ho, heave ho!" as doth by Western people.
We met some workers constructing some graves. For Chinese, after a few years a deceased person is buried,
they will build a sort of cemented structure to mark the deceased's burial ground.
A CULTURAL DIVERSION – A CHINESE BELIEF
Sometimes, people said building the graves as doing the feng-shui. Culturally, building a good and presentable
grave is to rest assured that the ancestors are properly positioned so that the progenies would prosper. Good
feng-shui even for the dead, but it is also meant for the prosperity of the living!
On arrival at our ancestors' grave, we saw that weeds had overgrown all over the place. The missus started to do
the weeding, while I sat down to breakfast tucking in a packet of Malaysian signature breakfast fare - nasi lemak
- washing it down with plain water. Well, before that I had burnt joss-sticks and excused myself for the tucking in.
Later I cleared the debris from around the grave. We planted more cuttings of some plants and a yam. The sky
kind, for the sun shied away behind some morning clouds. Yonder over the town's and villages' rooftops wisps of
mist and fog floated and rose over the mountainsides. All white. Serene. Quiet.
THE GOOD FENG-SHUI OF THE CEMETERIES
As I stood looking at the picturesque scenery in its morning serenity, I commented, "in Bentong the dead are
occupying the higher ground," I said. "That's why many descendants of these ancestors are doing very well in
their lives." My companion replied.
"Right, many Bentong people have really prospered over the centuries. Local folks are fond to opine that it is
because the idyllic situation and the auspicious position of the Liang Kwong cemetery." Even the other Chinese
cemetery that for the Hokkien community, that I pass daily, is also well-positioned, on a hillock overlooking a
stretch of Tras Road.
THE OLD AND THE NEW ROADS TO RAUB
Oh, I beg your pardon it is now called the Raub road, for nowadays taking that road you may or may not reach
Tras, but Raub will certainly be your destination. The road these days branches off into two directions at the
former Bilut Valley junction. One follows the old road to Sungai Penjuring, Sang Lee Village, Sungai Chetang,
Tranum, Tras and then Raub. The other is the new highway from the former Bilut Valley junction into but by-passes
Bilut Valley settlement and straight to Raub. If you speed the latter route only takes 15 minutes.
After doing the chores at the cemetery, we returned home with thickly soil-soled yellow and sticky footwear. I
imagined that some of our ancestors had followed me home, from the stuff from where they had originated and
returned - the earth. I washed the stuff into the drain. I beg your pardon, that's the way you come and where
You may say, hey Suy Sang ain't it taboo to visit such a place - the cemetery. Well, I have seen people doing
that even during seasons of festivities!
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH 50 YEARS AGO?
Sure enough when I read the August section of the Past Notes, in MES, folk dances were in vogue. There was a
mention of "Put your little foot." There was a suggestion that they have folk dance classes in the school.
Students in the hostel were well looked after with the slightest and most private complaints brought to the
notice of the hostel master. A boy had his boyhood shown to him when it was swollen suspecting the deed was
by an insect. Well, calamine was applied to soothe the inflamed organ. You know what local folks believe? The
result from a burning fire he must have pissed!
One little phrase jolted me into realising that "dinner is not the evening meal" but a grand way of dining. For
in his diary he wrote "The dinner at noon......."
We read in his diary of an emotional sending off of a beloved teacher. Who was the teacher? Read page 101 of
Volume II Past Notes.
The school term ended with an extremely entertaining magic show. So began the August vacation - the month
august school holidays. But before vacation started, the principal took a group of boys down to Kuala Lumpur
to watch a show plus sightseeing. We can imagine the scene was likened to a mother duck waddling with a long
train of ducklings tagging along heading to the pool for a swim and frolicking.
And sometime during that month, they cranked up a prank of ghostly slant to celebrate somebody's birthday
Who came out with that plan? No one else but the head of the school, who pegged up an empty head in an old
dilapidated bungalow, next to the hostel. A skull from the science lab, made a group screamed their hearts out!
Luckily no one past out!!
And came 31st August 1958, Bentong celebrated. In fact the whole country was in festive mood. It was the first
anniversary of Merdeka or independence.
In Bentong itself a parade of students, teachers and volunteers was held at the public field to hear boring yet
unclear speeches under the scorching sun. That was followed by a sports meet and a football game in the
The Federation of Malaya was but just a one-year-old country - a baby toddling along steadily!
THE TRUTH ABOUT EGG YOLKS
A nutritionist was on a weekend trip with some friends recently and one of his friends was cooking breakfast for
the whole group. He went over to see what he was cooking and saw he was getting ready to make a big batch
Well, to his shock and horror, he noticed that the cook was cracking the eggs open and screening the egg whites
into a bowl and throwing out the egg yolks. He asked him why the heck he was throwing out the egg yolks, and
replied... 'because I thought the egg yolks were terrible for you... that's where all the nasty fat and
And the nutritionist replied, 'you mean that's where all the nutrition is!'
This is a perfect example about nutrition of how confused are most people. In a world full of misinformation,
somehow most people now mistakenly think that the egg yolk is the worst part of the egg, when in fact the YOLK
THE HEALTHIEST PART OF THE EGG!
By throwing out the yolk and only eating egg whites, you're essentially throwing out the most nutrient dense,
antioxidant-rich, vitamin and mineral loaded portion of the egg.
Even the protein in egg whites isn't as powerful without the yolks to balance out the amino acid profile and
make the protein more bio-available. Not to even mention that the egg yolks from free range chickens are
loaded with omega-3 fatty acids.
Yolks contain more than 90% of the calcium, iron, phosphorus, zinc, thiamin, B6, folate, and B12, and
panthothenic acid of the egg. In addition, the yolks contain all of the fat soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K in
the egg, as well as all of the essential fatty acids.
And now the common objection we get all the time when we say that the yolks are the most nutritious part of
'But I heard that whole eggs will skyrocket my cholesterol through the roof'
No, this is FALSE!
First of all, when you eat food that contains a high amount of dietary cholesterol such as eggs, your body
down-regulates it's internal production of cholesterol to balance things out.
On the other hand, if you don't eat enough cholesterol, your body simply produces more since cholesterol has tons
of important functions in the body.
And here's where it gets even more interesting...
There are indications that eating whole eggs actually raises your good HDL cholesterol to a higher degree than
LDL cholesterol, thereby improving your overall cholesterol ratio and blood chemistry.
And 3rd... high cholesterol is NOT a disease! Heart disease is a disease... but high cholesterol is NOT.
So I hope we've established that whole eggs are not some evil food that will wreck your body... instead whole
eggs are FAR superior to egg whites.
Consume eggs from healthy chickens that are allowed to roam freely and eat a more natural diet.
Eat the egg whole. No, no, no don't eat the shell also.
JASBIR SINGH WEDS CHARANJIT KAUR
Sarjeet Singh and his spouse Balbir Kaur married off another of their beautiful daughters on the 6th of July at
the Sikh temple in Bentong.
Charanjit Kaur Rajasansi tied the knot with Jasbir Singh Dhillon.
On the eve of the wedding the family threw a grand party at the Khai Mun School Hall, Repas. The occasion was
attended by more than two hundred guests. A series of dances depicting Sikh culture and traditions were held to
add more hue to the occasion.
Charanjit and Jasbir enjoy the sweetness of your nuptial bliss.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN AUGUST
||MOHD. SHAH MD. YUSOF
||TG. DATO IBRAHIM TG. SULAIMAN
||WONG KEM CHIN
||WONG SWEE SANG
||AU ZI SHOI
||HJ. MOKHTAR MATPIAH
||FONG SHEK PHOOI
||MOHD RAZLAN MARZUKI
||ZULKIFLI BIN MOHD ARIFFIN
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