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Sometimes, life throws us crises we never expected. The trick is to persevere and find that opening to escape hardship. Taken from my Facebook posting on 28 July 2017:

LOOK FOR THAT LITTLE OPENING: Most of us have gone through some form of crisis in life, when the whole world seems to collapse around us. It happened to me in an instant. One moment I was happily running my rat race, and the next, it felt the ground beneath me had disappeared, when the surgeon told me I had pancreatic cancer. It eventually turned out to be a bad misdiagnosis, and the subsequent surgeries and complications nearly killed me. But now, each day I wake up, I feel I’ve gained greater understanding about life that I couldn’t have got if not for the health scare. When a crisis looms, we tend to focus on the challenge and forget to think & act rationally. We’ll also fail to recognise there’s always a little opening, probably planted by the All-Mighty, to take us out of the trying situation. In times of tribulation, we’ll find that little opening if we keep looking & searching hard enough.


Selected followers’ comments:

Katrina Welly: I relate to this too much the process of diagnosing whats wrong with my body. Scared. Will be doing endoscopy. Keep thinkinh what if cancer coz there is not yet confirmation despite the blood test being normal. I hope I can stay rational. I need to accept that my life is not what I want but it is in god’s hands.

Nur Ainee Muhammad: Oh yes. It takes a certain level of maturity and calmness to be able to take a deep breath and then step back a little to see the picture a distance away. Usually only then we can see that little opening. But of course its easier said than done. But that’s life. Experiences both good and bad always put us in a better stead for the next big wave … good and bad.

Robin Leong: Alway appreciate your FB sharing. Everyone goes through their journey in life with different outcomes. Although you may have been unsuccessful in seeking justice for your misdiagnosis it has made us more mindful not to completely trust the professional doctors advice. There are some really good ones out there and there are some unscrupulous ones too.

Looking for the little openings in every challenges are difficult but if you can navigate through them and seek enlightenment it would be gratifying.

Thank you for sharing.


My other FB postings between 24 July 2017 and 30 July 2017:

24 July 2017

DON’T DO THIS TO OUR CHILDREN: Though not widespread, we still have children who end up working when they should be in school. I’ve seen young kids begging along pavements or foraging for junk in back alleys. It isn’t too bad when youngsters merely do some part-time work or help out in family businesses. In primary school, I tried to sell newspapers at the roadside, and learned a lot about the value of money at a young age. Children from families living in extreme poverty are more vulnerable to ending up in jobs where hours are long & the work could be dangerous. We need to tighten our child labour laws to prevent the kind of prevalent child exploitation we see in countries like China & India. Robbing children of their childhood is a most heinous thing to do.


Selected followers’ comments:

Teh Lawrence: In Malaysia we have the Children and Young People’s Act Of 1966. This Act was amended in 2010 to give clarity to what is hazardous, safety n underground jobs in which a child cannot work. Here a child is one who has not completed his 15th year ( prior to amendment was 16).
But really , the enforcement of this Act is a subject for separate discussion.

Cherie Tan: All exploitation are wrong, not only limited to child exploitation.

“Sometimes i want to ask God why He allows poverty, famine and injustice in the world when he could do something about it. But i am afraid He might just ask me the same question.” – Unknown

“Poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the action of human beings.” – Nelson Mandela

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” – Mother Teresa

Jonathan Keung: child labour is bad but under certain special unique cases or circumstances the law need to be more flexible on the age limit. say a boy of 13 or 14 years is helding out in a coffee shop to held up their families need. is a crime ??? they are without any options or alternatives. not everyone have the option of going to school or tution class. just my personal viewpoint


25 July 2017

SO WRONG, YET SO RIGHT: Modern comfort has made it all too easy to slouch. I must admit, I have a horrible posture, especially when I’m alone or doing some reading. Here, I was caught at a Starbucks outlet, my shoulder rolled in and head hanging forward. In the office, I notice most employees working at their desks are guilty of bad posture. Growing up, our parents would remind us to stand or sit up straight, our chests out. It’s said that slouching takes a toll on our body as over time, it leads to muscle fatigue & pain. I guess it also affects our appearance, as a bad posture often makes us look less confident. But for me, old habits die hard. Slouching is one of those things that is so wrong and yet it feels so right.


Selected followers’ comments:

Alice YokYuen Wong: Good morning Tan Sri. Now this is another topic most of us here can relate to.
For me, my cervical spondylosis medical condition is due to prolonged job-related bad posture. My decades of looking down at documents to key-in accounting data into the computer had resulted in a severe case of nerve degeneration as well as a permanent curvature of my neck vertebrae now. Due to it being on my upper spinal cord it’s too big a risk to have it surgically corrected. Looking back, it’s truly “so wrong but right”. Right in the sense that it’s the way to get my job done, but wrong in not allowing intervals of rest to contra the fixated position.
Now it’s too late regretting. So, friends, don’t be like me. In whatever you are doing, be aware of your posture always.

Tay Cheow Hwang:

It seems to be wrong,
So wrong that it’s alright,
Preference takes precedence,
Over common sense;

It’s seen to be right,
Yet so right that it’s wrong,
Interference takes credence,
Over uncommon sense;

It’s no right or wrong,
Neither right to say it’s wrong,
What makes us different prongs,
There must be inherited norms;

So wrong and yet so right,
Perception does make sense,
Whether it’s common or uncommon,
We deviate or obey on our sand.


26 July 2017

IT JUST WON’T GO AWAY: In the aftermath of my lawsuit against Dr London Lucien Ooi, people ask why I’d filed the case in the 1st place, against a “prominent” surgeon in Singapore, which’s very “protective” of its medical tourism. True enough, I didn’t succeed, but I could see a silver lining at the end of the long ordeal. A few doctors have since told me they had patients who were similarly diagnosed with “cancer” by the city state’s hospitals but chose to get medical opinions elsewhere after reading about my case. In a few known instances, subsequent tests showed the tumours didn’t exist or were benign, which didn’t require surgeries. I have no regrets for having pursued a costly but futile legal recourse, especially when it might’ve helped other people avoid similar suffering unnecessarily. What would you have done?


Selected followers’ comments:

Andrew Chan: Tan Sri, I would have done the same as like you say, it did bring awareness of how unscrupulous doctors can be. There r black sheep in every industry but many doctors I know r excellent n caring ones too. One reknown skin specialist recently referred a good friend of mine, an ex- Headmaster with a peculiar skin disease requiring expensive treatments to see himself at the SGH n not his private clinic ! Salute doctors like Dr. Pubalan who put the welfare of patients above his own financial interests. Another is Dr. Wong Chung Chiat, a reknown Spine Specialist much sought after, who operated on my nephew even before he could source for the required funds for the emergency life threathening operation. My salute to you, Sir. These are fine examplenary doctors to emulate.

Esther Ng: a lesson to learn. dont always think overseas doctor are better than malaysian dr. the rich will always go overseas for medical treatment. we do have good n capable doctors in Malaysia. anyway no matter how good is the doctor, we tend forget God is in control of our life.

Stella Cheang: It is an admirable act to stand up and voice out against what is not right – even though the legal ruling might go against your better judgment! When you voice out, it prevents others from falling into the same fate of suffering, physically and mentally. You are sacrificing your reputation and money for the benefit of others. This intention is priceless, regardless the outcome. Thank you!


27 July 2017

WHEN AIRLINES GET BRICKBATS: Airlines haven’t been getting much positive news lately. Frequent travellers like myself get anxious about the many incidents affecting passenger safety. I was on a turbulent MH flight to Beijing last week which got diverted to Tianjin due to bad weather. A few friends jet around in private planes, which they think are safer; I prefer to take commercial flights. As their Enrich Platinum cardholder, Malaysia Airlines remain my regular carrier. An airline is a highly complicated business – ask our buddy TS Tony Fernandes. Running an airline means performing hundreds of tasks on hundreds of flights a day, and sometimes things can go wrong. That’s when frustrations and tempers can erupt. I feel airline travel has evolved to a point where passengers no longer tolerate delays & other mistakes. What airlines could do is to constantly improve all the smaller operations that make up the entire flight experience.


Selected followers’ comments:

Philip Lim: Whenever I was flying high up in the air, I always felt humbled when I looked out or looked down from the cabin’s window. There would be times when I started to reflect and question my existence in this world.

Latha Ravindran: I experienced turbulence on a MAS flight travelling from Bombay to KL. Oh boy that was so scary. Eversince I have a phobia travelling by flights. Flight travels cant be avoided. However I came across theraphy dogs at Bombay airport for travellers who are scared to travel by flight. Not sure if other airports have such facilities.

Shenna Dot: At least you get to sit in business class or first class, so when the flight gets tough sometimes, you get frightened in comfort, whereas we in economy class have to cling to dear life in a small uncomfortable seat during big turbulence.


29 July 2017

PEKING DUCKS & LAME DUCKS: Like everyone else, I never take the risk of missing the Peking duck on my visits to China’s capital city. A chef would slice the freshly roasted & succulent duck at the table-side, separating the skin from the meat. They are then wrapped in a thin pancake with all the fixings & quickly enjoyed. Some restaurants in Beijing claim to have sold millions of ducks over the years, and I believe it’s not a quack figure. Back in Malaysia, we don’t have famous “roasted ducks” to boast of, but we have a galore of “lame ducks” in both the public & private sectors. These are the ineffective & inefficient leaders who create uncertainty for the country or companies they’re running.


Selected followers’ comments:

Nur Ainee Muhammad: I actually smiled at how you very smoothly just glide and link two coolest unrelated topics with a simple analogy. May I continue…because of the lame ducks being leaders, the rest of us become sitting ducks… waiting to be shot?

Emil Lee: Good morning and a fun filled saturday to you Tan Sri Clement and also to all my fb friends herein. Clement your analogy on Beijing ducks and lame ducks is very amusing and making sense. In Malaysia we have “ayam penyet” some enterprising chef should dish out a local dish of “itik penyet” and that could put us on the world map for a very good reason. At the moment we are up there for the wrong reasons and those “lame ducks” are in actual facts rejected products and we ended up being the ugly ducklings.

Albert Lye: You couldnt’ve said it better Tan Sri…it sure resonates well with our present group of politicians when you suggested them as being ‘Lame Ducks’…lol !


30 July 2017

DON’T SLANDER THE ANIMALS: When there’s a violent incident, I notice the media & even judges in court would sometimes describe the culprits as “animals”. This is rather misleading, because animals don’t kill each other except in predation, when a predator needs to prey for food. Humans are the only species of animals who routinely destroy each other for no valid reason. Rape, murders & other forms of violence are said to happen when men stop behaving like human beings & start behaving like animals. If animals could talk, they’ll probably sue us for slander. This sort of inhuman behaviour is entirely human. The only animal that displays cruelty is human.


Selected followers’ comments:

Sk Lee: Fantastic goodwill and respect-care-unity shown to us humans even in the animal kingdom.Please treat all lifes with profound respect.Good health to all.

Agatha Tan: Read through all the beautiful comments and post itself until I forgot my morning coffee.

Tony Tan CL: Sometimes their behaviour put humans especially politicians to shame