THE MESIAN MESSAGE NO. 85 - DECEMBER 2008
A CYBER FAN'S SERIES
THE TENGKU ISKANDAR 2ND EDITION
PAUL CALLS FROM TORONTO
Great, I received a call from Paul from far away Toronto. He had just received the latest Mesian-message and
it all. He saw he was mentioned in the October, 1958 diary of our mentor. He called to relate me some interesting
incidents in the hostel. He could remember one Mr. Chen who taught him. Paul would like to know where his then
teacher is now. Probably I described him as Chen Khin Sang, but he could not recall. Anyway, if Khin Sang reads
this could he remember? I just wonder!
Also another great news from Paul was that he was two months in Beijing for the just finished Olympics. Great,
you would have seen much about the game, I presumed. But no, he said he could hardly get the tickets.
touted him one for RMB 10,000. Wow! That was a lot of money, boy!! But he saw quite a lot of the city Beijing.
He said it is beautiful and modern. Of course, it is the Chinese capital. How can you compare it to your less
known Nova Scotia in Canada? He confessed that nobody knows where his home country is! Well, I requested
Fong to tell me more of his sojourn in the capital city of that most rapidly developing country.
A DOCTOR WHO'S A REAL COLLECTOR
One evening I visited a doctor in Sri Petaling. It was an enjoyable gathering; good company with plenty of food
and drinks. The doctor's place is a sort of museum of a house packed with all sorts of antique things. Every nook
and corners were artefacts of antiquity we encountered. Even upstairs there were priceless items on display. There
were such things like swords and keris, jars, pots and pans, and jade pieces. In a special room, there were many
more items all like you would find in a museum, but more valuable than those in a museum!
Barry my junior said to him the doctor told; he has an item of 800 years old. Even his cupboards were antiques.
Here and therE were items I have never set my eyes on before. In the room next to the kitchen, he had jars and
jars of tea. There were also more baskets and packets of all sort of tea. Yes, even the Chinese tea he served us
was a brew so special and thick. Dr. Lim poured it out of a teapot into special cups of which were actually items
of antiques. Many of the things therein were items presentable at auction occasions. They would certainly fetch
extremely high bids in auctions. But no, none is going to go under the hammer. Dr. Lim is a real collector.
A MOST FILLING DEEPAVALI LUNCH
I joined John to celebrate this Deepavali by partaking in a sumptuous lunch. It has in his residence in Sentul
just behind the La Salle School.
The home-cooked meal was most delicious the products of Mrs John Chinniah and the ladies. The dry curry mutton
was my favourite. With a good yet dry gravy, it was so tasty. Then there was the soft and tantalising nasi
briayani. After the meal I spent hours chatting with John and Selvaraj Daniel. Selvaraj came after me as he had
to return from Klang after visiting his relatives.
We seemed to talk for hours about our time or rather their time in Bentong half a century ago. There were many
tales that they dug up from memories from life long ago! They reminisced of names long lost and some just remain
names only for they have quit the world!
We mentioned for we still remembered: Brian Foenander, Robert Lobo, Ahmad, Shamasuddin, Maud Foenander,
course those we now refer to as the lates: Wong Yoon Chong, John Foenander, Shamsuddin Pandak, and
THE BENEFITS OF BLACK FUNGUS,
MOK YEE OR WOOD EAR
A friend had four block heart arteries, over 90 percent blocked.
His cardiologist advised him to go for bypass surgery, failing which he would suffer an imminent heart attack.
The procedure would be messy, painful and expensive.
He followed the advise of his sinseh friend by consuming Mok Yee daily. After consuming boiled Mok Yee juice for
40 days, he went for an angiogram.
His heart specialist was surprised and shocked that his arteries were all cleared of any blockage and it would
not be necessary to see him for another 10 years!
The internet info. claims: that Mok yee reduces blood clot, preventing thrombosis, atherosclerosis and coronary
heart disease,and cancer.
Black Fungus contains abundant protein, ferric, calcium, vitamin, rough fibre, the content of protein is equal
1) Pick a hand full of Mok Yee and soak in water for 1-2 hours
2) Wash Mok Yee and cut to pieces with scissors.
3) Pour five bowls of plain water into slow cooker (crock pot)
4) Put 2-3 slices of ginger, 8-10 red dates, 20 kay chee (wolf berry) into crock pot.
5) Bring to boil for 8 hours. One and a half bowls of Mok Yee juice will remain after boiling overnight.
Consumption : You may consume for 10 to 14 days according to the severity of the problem. For those with low
pressure consume less or only on alternate days.
Drink Mok Yee first thing in the morning with an 'empty stomach'.
Consume at least one large bowl. Take breakfast 2 hours later.
Side effects - you may feel a little tired after 3-4 days. Consume multivitamins and fresh fruits and vegetables
daily. Do not eat oily or fried foods during this period.
Observation : Dark and oily stool during the first two days.
Mok Yee is a plant and does not contain chemicals.
Take blood test for blood cholesterol before and after treatment.
WHAT HAPPENED THIS MONTH
50 YEARS AGO?
Yes December 1958 - it is half a century ago now! Nobody would remember it unless you have kept a diary!
Certainly we are thankful for our mentor's published diary - his three volumes of Past Notes. Well here it goes:
December - so it was the month of celebration western style - Christmas. It seemed Mr. Miles had brought in this
culture of celebrating Christmas to Bentong - at least among us MES students irrespective of race and religion.
Before this few of us talked of what more to celebrate Christmas!
Our mentor now had new chores of selecting and wrapping Christmas presents for all. There was not much
Bentong besides things from Prince Drug and Peng Fong Store. So he found it quite a task to choose what to give
to all his closest friends and hostel boys!
Yes, only the other day, he mentioned that the Malaysian ways of giving red packets, or duit raya and duit
deepavali is the most convenient and volatile way of settling what to give. Of course, the recipient of the gift
is most happy to see what he or she receives! Money! Not tinkling things that he or she plays and then throws
away or a duplicated shaver, cooker, toaster, etc.
Of course, you would say shoving money into people's hands is a sort of bribery! But giving material things could
also be bribery like giving someone a watch costing half a million dollars. Sure we would say it is the thought
behind the gift that is more important than the gift itself, right! So be grateful and feel thankful if you
receive two ringgit from someone who shoves a red packet or green packet or blue packet into your hands. It is
the thought of giving that counts - not so much important as to the amount.
Now back to 1958, there was a mention of someone being employed by Mr. Prince at a salary of RM80 a month!
beggarly sum! But beggars have no choice as the saying goes, isnft it? Yes, jobs were not easy to come by those
days. Even jobs with the government started with RM137.50 per month!
Didn't even think of getting employment with the private sector! The pay was abyssal low, uncertain and
you never get paid at all. Terms of employment? Never certain! Many bosses those days had not got the mentality
that a satisfied employee was an asset to his company. Some thought of how much they could save by not
And those days there was this mentality: A job's salary was not important. The importance was whether the job
could bring in any side incomes. You could guess what that meant. Agree? Please come in with your views, your
experiences and your stories.
What were these people doing in December 1958 that prompted our mentor to mention their names in his diary?
Chan Swee Ngoh, Sunny, Razak, Heng Thoong, Bakar, Ah Ming, Syed Adenan, Munzir, Zainal and Zubir.
What were heaped upon the following? Shek Phooi, Tat Pin, etc?
Who were these people those days: Ah Chiam, Bala, Brian, Sathiah and Ramasamy?
Where are these guys now Shui Chuan and one Clement, John?
There was mentioned one Chan Suan Cheng who is now known as Tan Soon Seng, I think. He visited our mentor
Yeng Kee. The former now resides in the Lion City, doesn't he?
These names also appeared in his diary: Peter Khoo, Mr. J.A. Riddell, Tom Miller, Lily Chong, Osman Sham and his
Yuhani, Hamzah, Zainal and Mohammed Noor, Margie Knutsen, Caroline Plank.
Some of the above I wonder who, and whither have they gone to!
There was mentioned of the Globe cinema. Those days there were three cinemas in town. The Globe was what
Thong Fatt Value-mart godown now! Cinemas those days were the most cash spinning business in town. Recently I
went to one of them modern cinemas. The sound system frightened me out of my wits. I decided I would not
any modern cinemas again. Not like cinemas of the past, where watching a film was the most enjoyable pastime
seated at the 40 sen class.
The Many Uses of Soursop
In the Virgin Islands, the fruit is placed as a bait in fish traps.
When pulverized, the seeds are effective pesticides against head lice, southern army worms and pea aphids and
petroleum ether and chloroform extracts are toxic to black carpet beetle larvae. The seed oil kills head lice.
The leaf decoction is lethal to head lice and bedbugs.
The bark of the tree has been used in tanning. The bark fiber is strong but, since fruiting trees are not
expendable, is resorted to only in necessity. Bark, as well as seeds and roots, has been used as fish poison.
The wood is pale, aromatic, soft, light in weight and not durable. It has been used for ox yokes because it does
not cause hair loss on the neck.
The juice of the ripe fruit is said to be diuretic and a remedy for haematuria and urethritis. Taken when
fasting, it is believed to relieve liver ailments and leprosy. Pulverized immature fruits, which are very
astringent, are decocted as a dysentery remedy. To draw out chiggers and speed healing, the flesh of an acid
soursop is applied as a poultice unchanged for 3 days.
Makes a Drunkard Sober
In Materia Medica of British Guiana, we are told to break soursop leaves in water, "squeeze a couple of limes
therein, get a drunken man and rub his head well with the leaves and water and give him a little of the water
to drink and he gets as sober as a judge in no time." This sobering or tranquilizing formula may not have been
widely tested, but soursop leaves are regarded throughout the West Indies as having sedative or soporific
For Good Sleep
In the Netherlands Antilles, the leaves are put into one's pillowslip or strewn on the bed to promote a good
night's sleep. An infusion of the leaves is commonly taken internally for the same purpose. It is taken as an
analgesic and antispasmodic in Esmeraldas Province, Ecuador.
Cures for Various Ailments
In Africa, it is given to children with fever and they are also bathed lightly with it. A decoction of the young
shoots or leaves is regarded in the West Indies as a remedy for gall bladder trouble, as well as coughs, catarrh,
diarrhea, dysentery and indigestion; is said to "cool the blood," and to be able to stop vomiting and aid
delivery in childbirth.
The decoction is also employed in wet compresses on inflammations and swollen feet. The chewed leaves, mixed
saliva, are applied to incisions after surgery, causing proud flesh to disappear without leaving a scar.
Mashed leaves are used as a poultice to alleviate eczema and other skin afflictions and rheumatism, and the sap
of young leaves is put on skin eruptions.
The roots of the tree are employed as a vermifuge and the root bark as an antidote for poisoning. A tincture of
the powdered seeds and bay rum is a strong emetic. Soursop flowers are believed to alleviate catarrh.
With so many claims from that many corners of the earth, would you chuck them aside as some sort of hocus-
Hey, we hear nowadays, that the sour sop fruit has some uses to subdue our blood pressure. Therefore it is
available in the market now. Look for it. Or just ask for durian belanda or ang mo liu lian. It sure is a worthy
buy and a most tasty bite, right!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE FOLLOWING IN AUGUST
||ABD. MALEK ENGKU OMAR
||FRANK ANN FAN CHOON
||MUH ALAM SHAH HJ. HAAMIN
||CHEONG SANG FAH, PETER
||FOO YU PONG
||YAP CHOY MING
||SHAMSUDDIN SALLEH (HJ)
||TAN KIM WOK
||OOI KENG HONG
XfMAS CELEBRATION ON DECEMBER 25
Christmas is here again on December 25. Visit out mentor to wish him gMerry Xmas". Bring something readily
consumables, so that a little Christmas party ala potluck style will materialize. See you all there on
Decemnber 25, morning, noon, evening or do you want to stay overnight?
From our patron:
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!
It's that exciting time of year (Open House) again, and I'm already wondering who will show up.
You, I hope!
Get ready for a fun day of sitting around, eating, talking, eating some more, catching up on the latest gossip,
reminiscing about the "good old days" at M.E.S., then eating some more.
The Reunion that we have every year in December is an event that I always look forward to and always enjoy
immensely. You are M.E.S. "family", and my house is your home!
Come one, come all!
& Happy New Year 2009
SAM PAK LAM SUCCUMBS
On 12 November, I received a call from Susan. Who's Susan? She is Susan Sam, daughter of Sam Pak Lam. She
me the bad news that her dad had hit the dirt on the 3rd. "My dad fought for more than two years against colon
cancer before he succumbed," said Susan.
OUR DEEPEST REGRETS AND HEART-FELT CONDOLENCES TO THE FAMILY OF SAM PAK LAM. PAK LAM LEFT US TO BE WITH
LORD ON THE 3RD OF NOVEMBER 2008 AT 64 YEARS OF AGE. MAY HIS SOUL REST IN PEACE!
From Ted Miles, me, plus all the ladies and buddies in the MES fraternity.
Pak Lam is survived by his wife Ms Hau Kuak Ching, a son and two daughters.
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