Tuesday, April 27, 2010


Stephen Hawkings, unarguably the greatest scientist alive at this moment, spoke something so interesting the other day. He was doing his part for Discovery Channel documentary series to be shown soon.

Hawking warns earthlings not to make contact with aliens right now as they may want to take over our planet's resources before zooming off to their next destination. He said with billions of galaxies, there are bound to be one with living beings..."ET calling! Please contact us....ET... out!"

He's rational and brilliant. Also very Hollywoody for those who loves Sci Fi movies!

As a pastor and a Bible lover, there is One that is coming who may be mistakenly taken as an Alien or deliberately explained away as an Alien! The Anti Christ will try to lie through his nose but God is the One that will blind those wicked ones!

(2 Th 2:9-11) The coming of the lawless one will be in accordance with the work of Satan displayed in all kinds of counterfeit miracles, signs and wonders, and in every sort of evil that deceives those who are perishing. They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie.

The Bible tells us that Jesus will come with hosts of faithful believers to wage the last war with those who reject Him and all that He stands for!

(Rev 17:14) They will make war against the Lamb, but the Lamb will overcome them because he is Lord of lords and King of kings--and with him will be his called, chosen and faithful followers."

Who wins at the end?

(Rev 11:15) The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever."

Could it be that Stephen Hawkings know something about the Bible? Or maybe he is 'prophesying' something that is coming?

Well, to me, these are exciting days as well as dangerous times! All the more we seek the Lord as the ROCK of our salvation!

Thursday, April 22, 2010


When I was in Methodist Boys' School (MBS - Malaysia's Best School), I attended chapel every Wednesday. I still thank God occasionally for those days as it gave me a glimpse of God's love through Christ. One song that stood out during those times was "O Sinner Man".

O sinner-man , where are you going to run to?
O sinner-man, where are you going to run to?
O sinner-man, where are you going to run to
All on that Day?

Run to the stars: O stars, won't you hide me? (3x)
All on that Day?
The Lord said : O sinner-man, the stars'll be a-falling

Run to the sea: O sea, won't you hide me? (3x)
All on that Day?
The Lord said : O sinner-man, the sea'll be a-sinking

Run to the rocks: O rocks, won't you hide me? (3x)
All on that Day?
The Lord said : O sinner-man, the rocks'll be a-rolling.

I read with interest in Star Newspaper the other day that an underground shelther has been prepared somewhere in California USA under the group called Vivos, a company started by Robert Vicino. This bunker (and he wants to set more bunkers in the future) is set up for those who want to escape coming calamity, predicted by Mayan Calender on 2012 and all sorts of eventualities. It is like the modern Noah's Ark but more sophiscated and comfortable, with sufficient food, water and other stuffs. A gourmet foods shop, an urgent medical and dental care center, and a large wardrobe inventory will be among some of the amenities.

More importantly, each unit is allegedly made to withstand temperatures reaching 1,250 Fahrenheit (for 10 days), a force 10 magnitude earthquake, or 450 MPH winds. But it is going to cost a bomb! Even the creator of Vivos said he couldn't afford it!

Can these modern days Noah's Ark withstand God's wrath in the Great Tribulation? History tells us that many kings had devised many walls and fortresses in order to withstand enemies attacks but failed miserably. I don't know but I wish them all the best!

I would rather believe in Jesus Christ, the ROCK of my salvation and my Refuge! The Bible tells about a time of Catching away of believers of Christ much like prophet Elijah's disappearing act. It is widely known as the Rapture! That would be much safer bet than bunkers, no matter how solid it may be.

O Sinner Man - where are you going to run to? All on that Day!

Friday, April 16, 2010


Latest: CNN - Massive fireball reported across Midwestern sky (latest update). See http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/04/15/midwest.fireball/index.html

A cloud of ash from a volcano in Iceland swept toward mainland Europe on Thursday, forcing up to 6,000 flight cancellations across the continent, according to the intergovernmental body that manages European air travel - CNN

The ash in the clouds can cause airplane engines to shutoff and so, it's no go! Many airports in Europe have been closed completely or partially which affect almost the whole world. Those who have planned travel are frustrated for the disruption. Those who are holidaying or doing business in Europe may have to stay longer there and that will cost them. Even the Prime Minister of Norway is stranded in the US and has to run the country through IPad (thanks, Apple)!

Remember the dust that clouded China a while ago and the freak storm that hit Perth? And now this! Are the skies sending a message to us? Then 2010, so many major earthquakes happened so close to each other, almost like two every week!

Who would have thought Iceland, a small island nation far far away could have caused so much trouble to the world? I was telling someone and have been telling people..."Nowadays, any thing can happen to the world."

As I attended a funeral this week and heard of four deaths close to home these two weeks, I am thinking about my existence here on earth. "Have I given my best to God and lived my best to what I am called to do?"

Testimony: One of the church members' sister died few days ago and before she passed on, she shouted Jesus' name many times and also cried, "Mom! mom!" (who died few years ago). Obviously she saw something so wonderful on the other side.

She has moved on and finished her race. What about our race? How are you running?

Friday, April 9, 2010


Our deputy Prime Minister was pressured to answer a vital question whether he is a Malaysian first or a Malay first and he said Malay first then only Malaysian. That's all the opposition wanted to hear from him because by confessing that, the 1Malaysia motto which stated very clearly being Malaysian first then only comes ethnic background, is in limbo, at least for Muhyddin.

I am not dicussing politics here but was thinking about first things first. What Christians suppose to say when one asks, "Are you Christian first or Malaysian first?" Or "Is God first, then ministry second and family third?"

I learned a long time ago about taking things in order, what comes first then second so on and so forth. This is my stand.

I don't want to state which comes first until some decisions I need to make. If I put which comes first, then I am bound by it. It will be like a horserace where everything you do, you would have to constantly adjust back and forth.

In my head right now, God is not first in my life, He is everything in my life! If I am schedule to preach in a church and I saw an emergency which is far more important, I would choose to attend to the emergency. I don't need to play up the popularity issue where the politicians have to everytime!

What if I have to break a law to save a life (I mean an innocent life?) I will save a life! What if I see a Chinese and a Malay in need at the same time which I can only help one? I will see who is in greater need and help him. If I say Chinese first, then Malaysian, then I would help the Chinese fella, instead of the Malay.
(I am not perfect so sometimes I do jumble up some things)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


(I don't know whether it is a crime to take wholesale this article from Malaysian Insider but when I read it, my heart just keep beating really fast! I know it is a long article but it is quite interesting - especially about the church which started it all; reminds me of renown evangelist from China John Sung who came to lowly Sitiawan town.)

Sitiawan forges ahead into the future
By Sheridan Mahavera

SITIAWAN, April 5 — It really is hard to imagine that Perak’s most booming town was once just a handful of pre-war wooden shops huddled together at a four-way junction.
That is how Stephen Francis Fernandez recalls Sitiawan, back in the early 80s when he just moved here from Parit Buntar.

The way he describes the town centre, it is as if the man-made structures banded together at this crossroad, between Lumut to the west and Ipoh to the east, against the miles upon miles of dark oil plantations that carpeted this part of Perak.

“Now look at it,” he waves his arm around at the estates of houses and shops that stretch out in all directions from Simpang Empat — the ancient nexus that’s now just another traffic-light junction among many other junctions.

That in itself is testament to the town’s growth from remote settlement to near centre-of-the-state status. There are now junctions and bypass roads going to Teluk Intan and on to Selangor and Kuala Lumpur in the south and another one going north to Pantai Remis and Penang.

It may not have a swanky mall yet but Sitiawan has a four-screen cineplex, a Giant grocery store and a Tesco that’s coming up down the road from it. Of the 18 banks and financial institutions, there are exotic foreign ones such as the Royal Bank of Scotland. The rubber and oil palm trees that used to line Jalan Lumut, which bisects the town, have been replaced by shops that sell high-end car stereos, slimming treatments and imported furniture.

The wooden Chinese village house is a fast-disappearing exception to the brick and mortar terrace lots of Taman Samudera and Desa Manjung Raya or the “Venice of Perak”. It is a town where the old Chinaman stereotypes still exist: that of the grizzled old “uncle” in faded shorts or the weather beaten “auntie”, with pockets of hard cash.

Yet Sitiawan is a monument to those ancient archetypes. It was they who cut out a patch of land to call home from the unforgiving wilderness on the banks of Sungai Sitiawan more than 100 years ago and who continue to fuel Sitiawan’s growth.

No play, all work.

Sitiawan’s success is often traced to the incredible Foo Chow work ethic and how they are supposedly a “different breed of Chinese”. It sounds like communal preening, as if something special ran in their blood but the reason may be more environmental than genetic.

It started in 1903, when boats loaded with over 360 Chinese from eastern Fujian in China landed on the banks of Sungai Sitiawan/ Sungai Dinding to carve out a new settlement. According to information at the Sitiawan Settlement Museum, these Foo Chows were Methodist Christians led by three pastors. They had left their homes for this remote part of Perak in the hopes of finding a better future.

The heart of the settlement was the old Methodist Pioneer church (which now houses the museum) whose clergy and missionaries provided welfare, education and leadership. The museum’s guide says that no one was allocated a specific plot of land so the size of a settler’s land was basically determined by “how much jungle he can clear”.

This freedom for each settler to gain as much property was instrumental in creating Sitiawan’s nascent economy that in turn fuelled the boom that it sees now. The settlers planted cash crops such as rubber and oil palm in 100- to 200-acre plots.

Long-time resident and property developer Sam Tuck Wah explains that these holdings were passed on from generation to generation and is an important source of disposable income which is then funnelled into education or invested.

The community’s Christian roots also helped instil a certain moral discipline in the pioneers which they then passed on. “They work long hours and there is no time for nonsense,” Sam, executive director of DKLS Industries Berhad says.
What he means is that in Sitiawan, there is no official entertainment district. There are bars but they are lonely outposts of dim neon lights filled with sad-looking men in the back alleys of the new shop lots.

Carousing, says Sam, is extremely frowned upon by the pious community.
“This is a place where you can concentrate,” he says, either as a student on her studies or as a businessman, planter or amateur investor on making money.

Surrounded by money

By local estimates, Sitiawan’s transformation was a gradual, steady climb that took place over the past 20 years. It was greatly helped by several important mega projects: the Lumut Royal Malaysian Navy base, the JanaManjung and Segari power plants and the Lumut Port. The town is also at the centre of one of Malaysia’s most thriving prawn farming areas. It is also the first and one of the more successful regions for harvesting swiflet nests.

Praise must also be given to the Manjung district council, says Lumut MP Datuk Seri Kong Cho Ha, as the authority worked to ensure the area’s infrastructure is first-class. In fact it would not be wrong to say that property developers like DKLS Berhad depend on the hundreds of local and foreign professionals brought in by the port’s heavy industries and the two power plants.

High-end homes are also being snapped up by Sitiawan’s many successful farmers and planters.

The port handles mostly bulk cargo and what is termed the “dirty stuff” such as coal, sulphur and clinkers. The air at its neighbouring industrial estate is metallic and smooty as fabrication yards owned by Kenchana HL and IMPSA churn out oil rigs and towering container cranes.

Across the Sungai Sitiawan from Kenchana HL’s wharf, the Universiti Kuala Lumpur has set up its own maritime engineering school. Not far away is the famous Malayan Flour Mills “Ayam Dindings” chicken processing factory. A massive oil palm refinery, a few bio-diesel plants and some shipyards round out Perak’s bustling port.

Retired navy officer Poon Wee Ching explains that the Selat Dinding area is very strategic and was mapped out by the British navy in 1902. Lumut Port and its maritime industries along Sungai Sitiawan are protected from storms and the river is deep enough to handle cargo carriers and huge ships.

Though the professionals and skilled labourers provide a big and steady customer base for the properties and services of Sitiawan, their numbers are matched by the retirees from the RMN base.

“A good 40 per cent of navy personnel will settle in Lumut after they retire. After all, it’s a nice, quiet place,” says Poon. Sam of DKLS Industries Berhad goes so far as to claim that Sitiawan’s population growth is helped by these retirees.

“It’s not like bases in other parts of the country where you retire and you return to your home town. These ex-Navy like the environment, so they stay, they don’t go back. “When a new batch comes into the base, another one leaves. So every year our population goes up,” says Sam.

A reason to stay

The thing about those old uncles and aunties coming to invest their loads of hard cash is that it’s not just their money. A bank officer explains that many of these folks would take out a loan once their children go to study or work in Singapore. The loan would be used to buy real estate, property or financial instruments. A portion of what their child makes would then service the loan.

“Which is why house prices in Sitiawan are higher than Ipoh,” says the banker with years of experience in the district. It’s not just the money that’s being reinvested into the town. According to DKLS’s Sam, the heavy industries are attracting many locals with skilled shipyard experience in Singapore back home.

“They leave for Singapore as bachelors and when they return, they start families here. Which is why even with so many schools, enrolment and class sizes keep going up every year.”

That seems to be a crucial trait for any town or district which spurs development, stops people from leaving and prevents decay. Besides the well-maintained roads, the industries, the hard-working locals, there is a collective sense that it is worth putting money back into Sitiawan and that it is worth staying.

That kind of pride of place is seen in how the locals gush at how Sitiawan is going to be “City A One”.