THE MESIAN-MESSAGE NO.94 SEPTEMBER 2009
THE TENGKU ISKANDAR SERIES
THE LEE SAI KAN 5TH EDITION
94 ninety-four only six more! Six more what?
Six more count to one hundred.
Then the Mesianmessage will be 100 number old.
A LEAF FROM MY DIARY
Evening came. The streets were lighted up. Billboards flickered and twinkled with neon lights. The clock ticked
tock until eight o'clock. I waited for the duo to arrive at my house in SS4. Almost on the dot, they drove by and
I was picked up and whisked off to some eating shop. The two were Chen Khin Sang and Jimmy. We had a self-
sort of tucking-in in an eatery.
Our purpose: to have small talks about all and sundry. Khin Sang had just returned from the Land of the Rising
Sun. But we talked very little about Japan for we had more local and personal matters to delve in.
Jimmy was free. He freely told us that he often go for check-ups for his systems even up to the teeth. From him I
learnt the word "orthodontist," and care and health of the gums, the flesh where the teeth are embedded in our
Once, Jimmy had a problem with his urinary system. A pebble had developed in his kidney and travelled down his
ureter giving him screeching pains. He went for surgery. The process of removing stones from the kidney is now a
simple technique. Since the pebble had travelled down his ureter, they flushed it back to the kidney and from
there it was sucked and extracted. The surgery was a simple job nowadays requiring no cuts with knives and
The stone being jagged had lacerated his ureter along the down and up journeys. To rest the scratched section,
the doctors inserted a sort of urinary by-pass. After the cure, the surgeons had to remove the by-pass. Jimmy
went into the operation room again. He was asked to lie down on the surgery table. He felt strange as they
strapped him to the table! They curtained off the lower part of his body. He could not even see who were doing
the job. Yet he was wide awake as they used no anesthetic. When everything was ready and quiet he felt a
"Ouch..........." a thunderous yell like from hell broke the silence of the surgery. The curtains shook and the
railings and window sills rattled. Poor Jimmy, if he had not been strapped to the bed, he would have jumped up
and hit the ceiling.
Jimmy confessed "The pain was killing!". When he said that we knew what he meant: sudden, most unexpected
agonizing pain down the ureter, through the urethra and exiting at the manhood thing!
He gained back his normal urinary system, but there is some truth in the saying" no pain no gain. Jimmy went
to rest for several days. And sure for several nights too!! After a little more tittle-tattle we adjourned back
to our individual homes.
THE CURE FOR DIARRHOEA:
When someone gets diarrhea, sometimes the solution is so easy, we wonder why anyone has to suffer. The secret is
in rice water. This is already known in this region. Ask your maids -- Sri Lankan, Indonesian, Filipina and they
would know about it. My mother knew about it.
When Dr Albert Winsemius came to Singapore many years ago for a farewell and thank you dinner in his honour,
brought along his wife Aly and his granddaughter, Jolijn. Both women came down with very bad gastroenteritis.
They saw the doctor who gave them medication. It was slow to work. Mother boiled some rice in lots of water
went to their hotel with two 1.5L bottles of rice water. I cringed in shame at the offer of this folk remedy,
which seemed so primitive to me. Never heard of this cure before! To my surprise, it worked, and they were even
able to go out for dinner the next day. Both were exclaiming how the rice water did the trick of making them well
again. Well, luckily it worked, I thought to myself.
I was discussing this a few years back with Kim Ng, the ex-matron of KK Hospital. She said, yes, that is what
Professor Wong Hock Boon, the notable pediatrician teaches. I was shocked and made some comments how
could he? It
was common knowledge so what had he got to do with it? Many months later, I regretted laughing at it.
Dr Christina Shanta Emmanuel, who is the CEO of... uh, which group I have forgotten. Either National Health
Group, or Polyclinics, or whatever... regarded me seriously when I brought up the topic like it was good fun.
She said that Prof Wong Hock Boon had presented a paper on it at some conference. After he had done clinical
trials, then his results were published in the Lancet, the Medical Journal all doctors read. In fact, said Shanta,
he was credited for saving the lives of 2 million African babies by this method. Ah, so! I am impressed.
It is rice water and not rice that does the trick. I have found it effective again and again. You take a handful
of rice and boil it in a large saucepan with lots of water. Like three or four large glasses. Then you cool that
and drink the water. If you are in a hurry to relieve the ailing person, take the saucepan off the fire and dunk
it in a frying pan or basin of cool water with ice cubes if necessary. This gives the patient a chance to drink
the rice water sooner and cure himself or herself sooner.
When drinking the rice water, make sure there is lots of it. You have to tell the patient that enough water must
go in to line your guts from throat to other end, all 10 to 12 metres of it. If you take rice, it stays in the
stomach. If you take broth, some of it may go into the small intestine. But if you take rice water, it will carry
rice grains to every inch of your small and large intestine to the end where the problem is.
How does it work? Even Prof Wong Hock Boon doesn't know.
HE HAS SOME INTERESTING THEORIES AND STORIES
This was the day before Paul Fong from Canada would take to the air again. We met for lunch in Kelana Jaya at
new restaurant serving the best nasi padang. The host was Zainal Lisut, now a Kelana Jaya resident. We had a
sumptuous meal as Zainal ordered food in a great deal. There were dry beef curry and chicken we called
There was curry fish head, aubergines cooked with pounded chilies, a vegetable called sawi, and ox tail soup.
Zainal and Paul were teammates in the same soccer team at school fifty years or so ago! They had a lot to catch
up in conversation. During their chit--chat many names were mentioned. But the most interesting part were their
own stories, those narrated by Zainal especially. Some of his were true men stories especially those adventures
in liberal countries like in London, Paris, and Copenhagen. From his observations he had derived a few very
Why people swing their arms while walking? Zainal's answer: because they wear clothes. Why? If they do not wear
anything they would cup their hands in front of their not-to-be supposed to expose parts of their anatomy. By
thus doing so, there would not be seen with anything dangling and swinging! Ha, ha, ha..... even the waitress
eavesdropped had to hand-cup her mouth to muffle her laughter. Yet, Zainal had seen man's private things
and dangling! Where? In nudist colonies!! What about the ladies? Oh! The swinging and dangling was
seen upstairs. It was just bushy pussies down there!!!
This is the origin of the kimono worn by the ladies in Japan. In ancient times Japan was a man's world, after
emerging from the woman. The man would sleep on a bed, the wife on the floor. When the man got up from
would step on the woman. o the woman would tie a little pillow on her waist to prevent the direct impact of
stepping. So now the kimono, as if the lady is carrying a pillow! That was the theory of Zainal. I made a check
on the Internet. It looks like Zainal's theory on the kimono history is completely his! May I hear a rebuttal
from anyone of you or any Japanese. If no answer comes in, Zainal your theory is original. Copyright it, please.
If you want to grow tall eat long beans. Why? Zainal did not explain. But long beans being a bean contains a lot
of proteins. Certainly it has the ingredients for growing. Since it is a vegetable it could probably keep you
slim. Thus you look tall? But if you consume tons and tons of long beans and you still grow sideways, it is your
gluttony instinct you should blame!
Playing balls. If you play golf with your boss, you must know how to let your boss win. Then you could get what
you want from him. The same goes with if you want a favour, a contract, a project from a minister or
entrepreneur, then play golf with him and let him win! Aha! It looks like golf is a winwin game!!
How to make ugly people become beautiful? Surround them with beauties. This was the secret of imperial
In the palaces, if the emperor's children were ugly, the emperor would employ a harem of beautiful maids.
Surrounding them with beautiful maids would soon make the imperial children look pretty!
The food was good! When digestion set in, our conversation decelerated, and finally braked. Thank you Zainal for
a good lunch break.
BENTONG IS GOOD FOR FOOD
One recent Saturday: On arrival in Bentong town I called Mr. Miles to inform him that we would soon arrive. A
quick tour through his house was our introduction. Michelle and her friend were impressed.
On my suggestion that we were famished, daughter Michelle drove us out to have lunch at the Bentong
the old sawmill in Tras Road. Oh, there is no more saw mill now. In its place is a row of shop houses. It is very
near the place where I used to stay - just before Repas Village. In fact, my old house is just a stone's throw or
I am now talking about the past: Just in front of the now new shop houses was a footpath cum bicycle path. As
drove pass, we (my daughter and I) were literally travelling down memory lane. I recalled I was carrying her on
the cross-bar of my bicycle and travelled from my former house to the shops or to the school. That was a few
years short of half a century ago!
For lunch we had stir-fried eel in honour of our friend who is from Japan. Wild mutton fried with onion and
ginger since we were in an upcountry town something from the jungle for the table would be most palatable. We
also ordered a local chicken dish with special minced spring onion, chives and ginger sauce, my Kwongsi
clansmen's specialty; a pepper soup, and some vegetables. I asked for convolvulus, the famous Bentong crunchy
vegetable but it was not available. All were yummy edibles.
I did observed how we laid down our eating utensils after the meal - fork and spoons together to one side. Why
one side? "So that the waiter or waitress could easily pick up our dishes," Michelle replied. From that I knew
that she had read and remembered my piece on table manners. In fact she meticulously reads, decides and
illustrates my work on our website. Our mission that day was to capture some picturesque scenes around the
of our mentor with our cameras and peering into his many photo albums.
REMEDY FOR H1N1:
Got the recipe from a friend who is studying chinese medicine. In case swine flu comes around and you cannot
hold of Tamiflu, no harm trying. Tamiflu may run out very quickly given that the manufacturers need about 3-4
months to produce them.
Star anise is a spice ingredient used in chinese cooking and it is cheap in Malaysia to buy them, so no harm
Use 9 star anise, 6 cups of water, boil in earthern pot if possible or else avoid steel/metal pot.
Boil for about 30-40 mins until about 4 cups left. Drink twice daily over the flu period. The above volume good
for 2 adults per day.
To add flavour, add a couple of red dates (remove seeds before boiling).
HISTORY REELING BACK HALF A CENTURY:
BACK TO 1959 - SEPTEMBER
Two students had a misunderstanding between them that almost came to blows. One Cheng Yoong and
Sunny were at odds with each other. They stared threateningly and gestured unpleasantly.
However, the next day they realized it was difficult to stay at the same place without talking to each other. In
front of the mentor they made up and live happily ever after.
There were mentioned three things in his diary that was unexpectedly out of the ordinary.
One, four big guns were towed into Bentong. The big guns were fired into the jungle to force out the remaining
communists. Ha, ha, ha, we wondered what effect those volleys had on the thousand of square miles of rugged
jungles all around Bentong. It was just tons of ammunition wasted for we saw no bodies of terrorists were
recovered and brought out of the jungles.
Two, there was mentioned that the Bristish troops were stationed at the airport. An airport in Bentong! Certainly
there were those noisy DC aero planes that used to land and take off in Bentong?
I have seen those planes from a very vintage point up the slopes in our rubber plantation. When the pilot wanted
to start the aircraft, it had to be manhandled. They had to turn the propeller by hand. Then only would the
engine of the plane came to life. They were certainly small army planes making hell of a lot of noise when they
took to the sky. The airport was but only an airstrip, as we used to call it. No jumbo jet could land as the
tarmac was only a strip of sand.
And the British troops! They were the Royal Artillery of the British army. Why the Briish troops and the Royal
Artillery in Bentong? Was Bentong those days a war zone? Actually there were still some remnants of the
communists in the jungle around Bentong. Many had been killed and many more had been enticed to surrender.
British army came back to show their might in armoury only - big guns, tanks, machine guns, bulldozers, rocket
launchers, etc. Were they appropriate for jungle warfare fought guerilla style!
Three, Mr. Miles and his cohort of hostellers met and dined with one of the local unlettered but money-loaded
lot. They could only communicate in sign language and a splattering of cockney Malay. He was the late Mr. Ng
Shiak, a local entrepreneur from the older generation. He was one of those who had made his bucks through grit
and hard work. He was also one of those who could throw money around and treat to food and drinks for friends
bystanders he could behold after he had down a few pecks and become bold.
Names mentioned in Ted Miles September 1959 diary: Cheng Yoong, Sunny, Tengku Nizan, Zahid, Nadzry, Loo
Ming, Shamsuddin Pandak (the late), Munzir, Tengku Ahmad, Ahmad Basri, Nik Hassan, Low Teck Hoi (deceased),
Ping, Bakar, Kamarulzaman, Shamsuddin Salleh, Mr. Prince (deceased), Mohd. Noor, Razak, Tengku Rahim, Ah Sui,
Othman, Choong Kon Hin. Some of these guys are still kicking around. As to the others aren't we confounded as
where they could be found???
--- he writes five, he types click, clack when I arrive.....
FROM SIR WITH LOVE
The other day I was going through an old trunk and came across the rough draft of the speech I was preparing to
deliver to the Seniors of 1964. Here is part of it:
At this time, you are in suspense as you wait for the results of your examination. You feel that you cannot make
any plans until you know whether you have passed or failed. In a way you are right; in a way you are wrong. I
would say to you: Go ahead and make your plans; start working out the way you intend to fulfill those dreams
harbour in your heart. Set a goal for yourself and keep your eyes on it steady---no matter what seemingly
impossible obstacles rise in the way. There is nothing-and that includes a poor result on the examination-that
can prevent you from attaining the goal that is your heart's desire, if the will is there.
As I read those words, I realized that the things I was saying to students forty-five years ago should be just as
appropriate for students in 2009.
But wait a minute! You who are reading this article are mostly retired people, not students. (Perhaps some of you
were even in that Class of '64.) So why bother to reprint part of such an old speech that was meant for
graduating students, not senior citizens?
Here's why: I want you to consider now the challenges that M.E.S. threw at you when you studied there and when
you left school. Did you set a goal? Did you meet it? Has life for you been a great adventure? Have you had
experiences that were truly exciting? Are you still living dangerously, still gloriously hopeful? I sincerely
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